MCPA Philosophy re. Competitions
There is much controversy in the dance world regarding the effectiveness or necessity of participating in the dance competition circuit, especially for schools such as MCPA that have a strong classical focus with a pre-professional training program.
We believe that the performance experience gained by participating in a few competitions a year is a valuable part of our students' training. MCPA students do not learn "tricks" to try to get high scores, learn choreography specifically for competition, or sacrifice the quality of their dance education in any way. The staff work hard to choose the few events that value technique, artistry, and training over flashy costumes and danceteam type choreography, with judges that have adequate training and experience.
Younger students appreciate the additional chance to take the stage and share their talents with family and friends. They enjoy the time spent with their friends preparing for their performances, and learn the importance of working in a group dynamic.
Advanced students at MCPA are taught to give 110% for any performance, regardless of the venue or the audience. By attending a few local competitions, they get a chance to take the stage on a professional dance floor in front of their peers, and continue to develop their performance skills and individual voice as an artist.
At MCPA, the process of preparing for a competition is more valuable than the outcome. Finding your personal best through the attention to detail required at the advanced level enhances the progress of the student. Because of their exceptional training and classical background, MCPA students consistantly place well at the regional and national level, often receiving scholarships or cash prizes to continue their training.
We feel that with the correct approach, competition can be a valuable tool to gain performance experience, and the catalyst that will drive students to achieve their personal best. At MCPA, competitions are just one tiny part of the whole education that creates a well rounded dancer.