MCPA students have a wide variety of performance opportunities as they grow through our programs.
All students participate in the year end Spring Gala performance, held at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg auditorium at Mercy High School. Students age 6 and older are also encouraged to audition for our annual full-length Nutcracker performance in December.
All students in our year round ballet classes participate in our annual Student Achievement Awards, an in-house demonstration for parents and families. Students present exercises they have learned in class, and the faculty present awards based on attendance, dedication, and work ethic, including the coveted "most improved" award. Younger levels also have a ballet vocabulary written exam, and older levels have an exam that covers vocabulary, ballet history, summaries of classical works, and more, similar to a college level exam. Students with high scores on their exams are also recognized at the Achievement Awards.
Students who are looking for additional opportunities are invited to audition for our year round training program. These students perform in the MCPA theatre for our annual "Milk & Cookies with Santa" event, at local events, and participate in a few dance competitions each season to share the stage with dancers from other schools. MCPA students are consistently awarded the top prizes and awards at the regional and national level, and was named the top dance school in Maryland by Dancer Magazine.
Serious dance students in our pre-professional ballet program have the opportunity to attend the Youth America Grand Prix, a prestigious international level ballet competition, where they can receive scholarships and training opportunities all over the world.