Dance Exam Updates

We have requested the following dates for Exams to take place at the Studios, and will also be arranging additional coaching sessions beforehand. You should have already received a letter and reply slip if your child is ready to be entered for exams, but we need to know availability ASAP.

Exam Dates

Modern & Tap: Sunday 4th & 18th November (Alternative dates 11th & 25th November),
Ballet: Sunday 2nd December (alternative date 9th December)

The Sunday before the confirmed date will be Mock examinations.

Summer Holiday Coaching

These sessions will take place every Tuesday and Thursday from Tuesday 24th July until Thursday 30th August except Carnival week (13-18 August).  £6 per hour payable on attendance please

Tuesdays 3-4pm Grade 5 Ballet Grade 3 Tap
4-5pm Grade 4 Modern Grade 5 Modern
5-6pm Grade 3 Ballet Grade 4 Ballet
Wednesdays 3-4pm Primary Ballet
4-5pm Primary Modern Primary Tap
Thursdays 3-4pm Grade 1 Modern Grade 2 Modern
4-5pm Grade 1 Tap Grade 6 Modern
5-6pm Grade 1 Ballet


Extra Coaching from September

From week commencing 3rd September till exams taken (excluding half term) we will be holding additional exam coaching at the following times. £6 per hour

Tuesdays 6.15-7.00pm Grade 1 Ballet
Fridays 4.30-5.30pm Primary Ballet
5.30-6.30pm Primary Tap


Summer Holiday Workshops

Summer Holiday Workshops

Although normal classes stop during the school holidays, PALS will continue as usual and we have Workshop running throughout… and there’s Carnival Week too of course!

Short-Break Workshops for children with additional needs are on Tuesdays and Thursdays (9.30am-2.30pm); and our regular Workshops on Mondays and Wednesdays (10am-3pm). See the images below for more details.

Carnival Week is 13-18 August, and we won’t be running the workshops days this week.

workshops shortbreaks

Louisa, our Senior Singing Teacher is also holding an Open Day at the Studios with Essex Vocal Coaching on Friday 3 August:

Sound of Silence

An exploration of what it means to suffer from mental turmoil.

With each dancer representing the different emotions of the central character, the ‘black dog’ always overshadows the rest…

We have this available in other formats if required.

Please contact us if you would like to use this in any way so that we can make sure you have it in the best format for your needs.



Tuesday 4th September – Saturday 20th October (7 weeks)

half term: Monday 22nd October – Saturday 27th October 

Monday 29th October – Saturday 22nd December (8 weeks)


Monday 7th January – Saturday 16th February (6 weeks)

half-term: Monday 18th February – Saturday 23rd February

Monday 25th February – Saturday 6th April (6 weeks)


Tuesday 23rd April – Saturday 25th May (5 weeks)

half-term: Monday 27th May – Saturday 1st June

Monday 3rd June – Saturday 20th July (7 weeks)

Note – all dates are inclusive

Roadworks and Class Changes – May 2018

Roadworks and Class Changes – May 2018

As you may have already seen, Essex County Council has decided to undertake roadworks along Brook Road. What they forgot to tell anyone though, is that they will actually be closing the road completely overnight (from 7pm) for two weeks, starting Monday 30th April.

Obviously this will have significant impact on many of the businesses in the road, including us, and means Penni is having to re-jig classes a bit!

Tuesday nights it only affects Grade 5 Ballet pick up. We suggest you park in one of the side roads (Wyburns Ave or Woodlands Close) and walk through the alley to us. These two roads are just off Daws Heath Road.

Wednesday and Thursday classes will finish by 6.30pm to allow everyone time to get out before they shut the road.

Classes that would usually take place after 6.30pm on Wednesday and Thursday will be moved to Saturday afternoon,
so Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd moves to Saturday 5th; Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th  to Saturday 12th, as below:

  • 3.15-4.15pm – Senior Dance (Call 1 & 2)
  • 4.15-5.15pm – Senior Street and Junior Drama
  • 5.15-6.15pm – Senior Drama

We realise this is as frustrating for you as it is for us, but this is the best way we can find to ensure everyone gets their classes.

As far as we know, this will only be for two weeks, but if we hear otherwise we will, of course, keep you informed.

Thank you for your understanding!

Easter 2018 at MTC

Raffle, Holidays and Workshops – all you need to know as you prepare for the Easter holidays.

We currently have an Easter Raffle available at the Studios. Tickets are just £1 a strip. Thanks to Leah for providing the wonderful hampers. We’ll draw the raffle on Easter Saturday.

Having had to cancel some classes recently due to the snow, we’ll be having a couple of extra sessions during the Easter holidays (Saturday 31 March and Thursday 12 April). PALS will meet as usual (except Easter Monday), and we have Short Breaks Workshops on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There is also a “Greatest Show” workshop (open to all) on Friday 13th April.

Got all that? No, me neither… let’s try another way…

Friday 30 March Closed
Saturday 31 March Normal Classes (snow day replacement)
Sunday 1 April Closed
Monday 2 April Closed
Tuesday 3 April no classes; Short Breaks Workshop
Wednesday 4 April no classes; PALS as normal
Thursday 5 April no classes; Short Breaks Workshop
Friday 6 April no classes
Saturday 7 April no classes
Sunday 8 April Closed
Monday 9 April no classes; PALS as normal
Tuesday 10 April no classes; Short Breaks Workshop
Wednesday 11 April no classes; PALS as normal
Thursday 12 April Short Breaks Workshop
Normal Classes in evening (snow day)
Friday 13 April Greatest Show Workshop Day
Saturday 14 April Normal Classes
Sunday 15 April Closed
Monday 16 April back to normal


Murder Mystery Night – 17 March

Murder Mystery Night – 17 March

murder mystery posterFancy yourself as a bit of a Miss Marple or perhaps a Sherlock Holmes? Try out your detective skills and find ‘whodunnit’ at our Murder Mystery Evening with the Wesley Players.

Saturday 17th March 2018
Arrive 7pm for 7.30pm start
Tickets: Adult £8, Children £4
Bring your own drinks and nibbles

Contact the office for more information or to reserve your tickets.


Show DVD

All Media Works are recording the show again for us at the weekend, and parents will be able to buy a DVD for £20.

Orders can be placed on their website using code MTC (case-sensitive) or by completing an order form from us and posting it to them with a cheque.

Final show update!

We’re almost there!

Tomorrow is a Dress Rehearsal at the Studiosplease bring all the costumes that you already have. We know there may be a few odd things outstanding, and that’s partly why the dress rehearsal is earlier than usual this year.

Next Friday, 12 January, is a full run-through at the Studios. We’ll be running this as close to possible as to how it will be at the Theatre. Costumes will not be needed for this, but also please note that parents will not be able to wait in reception during this time.

Performers will need a drink and snacks (or packed lunch) for these, and also the days at the Theatre but please remember the following:

  • no food that could stain either their costumes or their faces (eg chocolate, wotsits);
  • no chewing gum or dark-coloured drinks (eg coke, blackcurrant);
  • NO NUTS – we have children with severe nut allergies. This includes peanut butter.
  • Please ensure that they have plenty of water!


At the Theatre next weekend, all children should be dropped off and collected from the Stage Door at the rear of the building, where they will be signed in and out by Pat Mitchell. Any medications that they need MUST also be checked in with Pat and not left in their bags (or boxes – a plastic box is ideal for keeping their costumes in).

Some of the performers spend more time than others backstage in the dressing rooms. They may want to bring a book, cards, or colouring to help fill the time – but please send pencils rather than felt pens… and certainly not Sharpie markers (we’d like to give you all back your costume deposits and not have to keep it for ink and food stains)!

Children should arrive at the Theatre with their hair and makeup already done. No earrings or nail varnish please (plaster over earrings if they cannot be removed).  We’d prefer it if they did not bring phones/tablets etc as we cannot be responsible for gadgets as well as children, props and costumes. If they do bring them it is at their own risk. We’re going to be reminding them about the appropriate use of photographs and would prefer that none are taken backstage, but at the very least we must insist that they are not shared on social media without the express permission of all the children’s parents.


There will be a strict no photo/video rule for the audience. We’ll be taking some photos at the dress rehearsals, and Saturdays performances will be recorded for an official DVD. We have children in the Show who are not allowed to be in any photos for a variety of reasons, so we do have to be quite strict about this.

We also have to be strict with backstage access. No one will be allowed backstage unless they are on the official helpers list (similarly, no parents will be allowed to stay at the Studios on Friday unless expressly asked to), and no children will be allowed out between performances other than for the lunch break on Saturday (12.30-2.30pm) when everyone must leave the Theatre.

Oh, one more thing we have to insist on…. ENJOY THE SHOW!

Reminder – Timings for rehearsals and classes are on the website, and costume list can be found here.
I’ll be chasing outstanding costume fees tomorrow… if you settle up in the morning it saves me a job!
Costume deposits will be returned the week after the show once costumes have been checked back in.  

Christmas and New Year

Term finishes on Saturday 16 December 2017, and we’re back from Monday 2 January 2018.

There is an Elf Workshop on 21 December, and Show Rehearsals on 27 and 28 December.

To better accommodate the other show rehearsals and to ensure that everyone gets the classes they have paid for we will be running a slightly amended timetable for the first two weeks back in January:

 Date Time  Class/Group
Tuesday, 2 January 4.30pm – 5.30pm Grade 3-5 Ballet class (change of time)
8.00pm – 9.00pm Adult Tap class
Wednesday, 3 January 4.30pm-5.30pm Junior Singing class (no change)
5.00pm – 6.00pm Senior Singing class (change of time)
5.30pm – 6.30pm Junior Street class
6.30pm – 7.30pm Senior Street class (no change)
Junior Drama class (no change)
7.30pm – 8.30pm Senior Drama class (no change)
Thursday, 4 January 4.30pm – 5.30pm Junior Dance class (no change)
Infant Music Theatre class (no change)
 5.30pm – 7.00pm Senior Dance class Call 1 & 2 (change of time)
Friday, 5 January 4.30pm – 7.30pm Full Company Rehearsal with props
* Primary, Grade 1-2 & Infants until 6.00pm
 Saturday, 6 January  9.00am – 10.00am Primary Ballet and Tap class (non-show)
10.00am – 4.00pm Full Company Rehearsal with props
* Primary, Grade 1-2 & Infants until 1.00pm
11.15am – 12.15pm SEN Musical Theatre class (non-show)
12.15pm – 12.45pm SEN Tap class (non-show)
Sunday, 7 January 10.00am – 4.00pm Full Company Rehearsal – Dress Rehearsal
* Primary, Grade 1-2 & Infants until 1.00pm
Tuesday, 9 January 4.30pm – 5.30pm Grade 3-5 Ballet class (change of time)
8.00pm – 9.00pm Adult Tap class
Wednesday, 10 January 4.30pm-5.30pm Junior Singing class (no change)
5.00pm – 6.00pm Senior Singing class (change of time)
5.30pm – 6.30pm Junior Street class
6.30pm – 7.30pm Senior Street class (no change)
Junior Drama class (no change)
7.30pm – 8.30pm Senior Drama class (no change)
Thursday, 11 January 4.30pm – 5.30pm Junior Dance class (no change)
Infant Music Theatre class (no change)
5.30pm – 7.00pm Senior Dance class Call 1 & 2 (change of time)
Friday, 12 January 4.30pm – 7.30pm Full Company Rehearsal – final run through at MTC
* Primary, Grade 1-2 & Infants until 6.00pm
Saturday, 13 January NO CLASSES AT MTC – moved to 17 February instead
Arrangements for SHOW at TOWNGATE THEATRE…
 10.30am Technical Rehearsal for performers aged 9+
12.30pm all performers leave for meal break
2.30pm Dress Rehearsal for ALL PERFORMERS
*please arrive in full make up and with hair done
7.30pm Performance #1
10.15pm pick up at stage door
Sunday, 14 January 9.30am performers aged 9+ to arrive, hair and make up done
10.00am performers aged 5-8 to arrive, hair and make up done
10.30am Performance #2 (relaxed)
2.00pm performers aged under 5 to arrive
2.30pm Perofrmance #3
6.00pm pick up from stage door
Monday, 15 January Back to Normal (?)