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This page contains all the news articles we've published on our website, this feed is updated often, so keep checking back for the latest MPA news! This list is in chronological order, with newer articles appearing at the top of the page.

*FIX-8 'Change your mind, Change your body'*

This article was published on: 2018-09-21

Quick description: The training programme with a difference!

The Fix-8 programme is guaranteed to 'Change your Mind and Change your Body'

Over the 8 week programme your dedicated coaches will train both your mind and body to assist you on the path to achieving your goals.

With Fix-8 you get...
- A half day motivation workshop where you will meet the coaches and the other people taking on the training programme.
- 60 Day unlimited fitness class pass for the fitness classes offered by Milly Performance Academy.
- Weekly Fix-8 targeted training sessions
- There's No Limit, Change your Mind coaching sessions
- Pilates and Yoga wellbeing classes
- Confidence in food, nutrition progress review
- Sports Body Massage
- Then at the end of the 8 weeks we will have a graduation to celebrate your goals!

Fix-8 is not just your typical fitness training programme...the results will speak for themselves...we promise you won't regret taking the challenge!

For more information please do not hesitate to get in touch...Tel: 01670 789069 or visit our facebook page


This article was published on: 2018-08-21

Quick description: MPA hit the road again!

Disneyland? Check!
Local Performances? Check!
Annual Showcase? Check!

So what was next for MPA...well of course it was CAMPING!

From Friday 17th August until Sunday 19th August, MPA attended Coquetfest which was a music festival by the beach suitable for the whole family, there was also the opportunity for families to camp over the weekend to enjoy the full experience of Coquetfest!

On Saturday and Sunday our performers who attended Coquetfest performed in the main tent and showcased some of our most recent show work, then it was off to experience the festival as a whole, that included Bubble Football and lots of bands!

It may have rained, it may have be cold and windy but everyone who attended had a fabuluous weekend creating MPA memories to last a lifetime! 


This article was published on: 2018-08-21

Quick description: Summer School success!

From Monday 13th August until Friday 17th August we hosted our annual Summer Jam summer school and once again we are very pleased to announce that it was a complete success!

During Summer Jam we hold number of fabulous and energizing workshops for ages 4+!
Each workshop is designed for all ages and we guarantee we have something for everyone on our summer jam timetable.

This year we had a wide variety of workshops for students to take part in, including, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Commericial Freestyle, Poppin and Lockin...and so many more.

Each and very students who attended left with massive smiles on their faces which is exactly what we like to see...should we do it all again next summer?

Remember we also host our half term dance days...our next dance is TUESDAY 23rd OCTOBER 2018!!



This article was published on: 2018-07-31

Quick description: A blend of the finest South Asian arts and culture

In 2016 our Bollywood Performance Group were invited along to the Masala Festival hosted by Gem Arts at the  Live Theatre in Newcastle, whilst there we performed a short routine to the Dhol Drums provided by Gem Arts and then made our way down Newcastle Quayside.

We were thrilled to be invited back once again this year. This year we performed 3 routines alongside the Dhol Drummer and we used some of our Bollywood props to add to our performance. At the end of our performance we even had the opportunity to dance alongside the Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band.

Planning an event? Why not add some extra glitz and glamour to your event! For more information on our Performance Group please contact us on 01670 798069.


This article was published on: 2018-07-10

Quick description: We are now a Children's University recongised venue!

We are very excited to announce that we are a Children's University recognised venue and that we are now able to offer MPA students the opportunity to be a part of the Children’s University!

The Children's University is a national programme which recognises and rewards young people aged 5-14 years old for their involvement in activities outside of a normal school day at venues that are recognised by the Children's University...this includes any MPA dance classes or events!!


This article was published on: 2018-07-10

Quick description: A celebration of Blyths Proud History

On Saturday 7th July MPA took part in Alive at Blyth alongside a number of other schools and community groups.

We werepart of a 45 minute carnival parade from one location to another whilst chanting the 'BLYTH CHEER' and we showcased our most recent show work in dance demonstrations and workshops!

This was an event for the whole family to get involved with and we extremely impressed by the turnout of not only our students but also mams, dads, grandparents and so on...Thank you for all getting involved and making this a wonderful event to be involved with.

We were very excited to be invited to be a part of this event and we thoroughly enjoyed our day working alongisde Leading Link and a nunber of other local schools and organisations.


This article was published on: 2018-07-10

Quick description: The NHS turns 70...and MPA help North Tyneside Hospital celebrate in style!

A group of our students attended North Tyneside Hospital on Friday 6th July to perform for the patients and staff as part of the NHS 70th Anniversary Celebrations.

We showcased wokr from our most recent show before some of students and teachers headed on to the wards.

We would like to say a massive well done to our students who performed this afternoon, we are incredibly proud of you all...and a massive shoutout to the NHS as a whole for everything they do!!


This article was published on: 2018-03-08

Quick description: Our trip to Disneyland Paris

In February half term a group of 20 students and their parents travelled to Disneyland Paris to
perform in the Videopolis Theatre.

We are extremely proud of each and every student who took part in what can only be
described as a MAGICAL experience. The feedback we received from both audience members and TakeUs2TheMagic was incredible.

“Your performance was one of the better ones we have seen and your kids were impeccably behaved and a joy to work with.” - TAKEUS2THEMAGIC



*Adult Fitness Workshop*

This article was published on: 2018-01-25

Quick description: A day full of fab fitness trends!

On Sunday 21st Janaury we hosted our very first adult fitness workshop!

We were overwhelmed with the turnout and how much people participanted in the workshops provided.

The fitness workshops included:
-Functional Fitness
-Props Pilates
-Pound Rockout Workout
-Yoga Relax
-Yoga Fitness
-Hula Hooping

We received some fabulous feedback and are very excited to be adding some of the above fitness trends to our ever growing Adult Fitness Timetable...Keep your eyes peeled!

*Christmas Market 2018*

This article was published on: 2017-12-09

Quick description: MPA spread the festive spirit in Blyth once again!

With Christmas Jumpers and Santa Hats at the ready, a number of MPA's talented students took to the stage in Blyth Town Market Square to provide entertainment for the Christmas Market on Saturday 2nd December.

We performed a number of dances that students have been learning within classes and even had a couple of our students singing solos. We ended our performances with a few christmas songs which definitley helped to spread the Christmas Spirit.

It was our second year running at this event and we thoroughly enjoyed it once again!



This article was published on: 2017-10-30

Quick description: We would like to say a massive thank you!

Here at MPA we often have numerous fundrasing events going on within the studio, some of these events are rasing money for student funds/studio improvements and other times we like to get behind at number of charities and help support them.

So far this term we have had our Macmillan Coffee Morning, Bag2School and Foreign Coin Box.
We have been thoroughly impressesd with the response to our fundraising events.

We would like to thank everyone who has got involved!!



This article was published on: 2017-10-27

Quick description: It really was a spooktacular day!

On Tuesday 24th October we held our Halloween Dance Day at the MPA studios and it is safe to say that the halloween theme was well and truly embraced by all students and teachers!! There were some fabulous costumes and even a visit from a life size Stay Puft from Ghostbusters!!

All students took part in a number of dance workshops as well as taking part in making halloween themed crafts which was led by Creation Stations, Jayne Stafford.

A fabulous day was ended by students purchasing cupcakes which were homemade by one of our very own student teachers.

All in all a great day was had by all who attended and took part!!




This article was published on: 2017-07-31

Quick description: We've been keeping a pretty HUGE secret!

We've been keeping a pretty HUGE secret and it is almost time to let you all in on it!

Over the next couple of weeks all will be revealed, we are so excited for everyone to find out our SUPER EXCITING NEWS!



This article was published on: 2017-06-09

Quick description: Grab a bargain whilst you can!!

We have our stock merchandise being sold at a reduced price at the Blyth Studio.

 From dance shoes to printed merchandise!! Why not take a look the next time you are at the studio and see if you can grab a bargain!!

We have the following items in stock to be sold:

Grey Fashion Tee - Child Medium - 1
White Fashion Tee - Adult Medium - 1
DWAT Tee - Child XSmall - 1
DWAT Tee - Child Medium - 1
Slash Neck Top - Size 2 - 1
Grey Sweatpants - Adult Large - 1
Grey Sweatpants - Adult Small - 1
Purple Sweatpants - Adult Small - 1
Purple Sweatpants - Child Small - 1
Purple Cool Tee - Adult Medium - 1
Grey Cool Tee - Child Small - 1
Purple Hot Pants - Size 3 - 1
Purple Ruched Leotard - Size 3 - 3
Purple Skirted Leotard - Size 2 - 1
Blue Leotard - Size 2 - 1
Black Circular Ballet Skirt - Child Large - 1
Black Circular Ballet Skirt - Child Small - 1
Purple Circular Ballet Skirt - Child Medium - 1
Black Wrap Skirt - Child Small - 1
Black Wrap Skirt - Child Medium - 1
Stirrup Leggings - Size 0 - 1
Stirrup Leggings - Size 2 - 1
Stirrup Leggins - Size 3 - 1
MPA Fitness Leggings - Adult Medium - 1
Elaine Catsuit - Size 1 - 1
Elaine Catsuit - Size 3A - 1
Elaine Catsuit - Size 3 - 1
Pink Daisy Ballet Shoes - Varous Sizes
Black Daisy Ballet Shoes - Various Sizes
Latin Shoes - Size 3 - 1
Black Tap Shoes - Various Sizes
White Tap Shoes - UK 10 - 1
Black Split Sole Jazz Shoes - Various Size

***Please note that the discounts do not apply to new orders!!***

*MPA students shine at Durham*

This article was published on: 2017-05-27

Quick description: MPA's day trip to Durham...what a success!

In May 2016 we were given the opportunity to perform in The Big Dance Showcase hosted by The Garage NE and we had a fabulous time, we were delighted when we were asked back to perform again this year.

A group of our wonderful students were selected to perform and then started the rehearsals; they were intense for all involved but we had such fun whilst working super hard.

On Saturday 20th May it was time for all of the hardwork to pay off. Our morning started at the MPA Blyth Studios where we had a quick run through of our dances, showing the parents what we had been working on...there were tears, big smiles and shocked faces...exactly the reaction we wanted. We then set off on our journey to Gala Theatre on the 'Party Bus' as many students had named it. Next stop; GALA THEATRE!

After a tech rehearsal and rehearsing the finale it was time for our students to hit the stage and perform. We performed 3 medley's; Bollywood Bhangra, 1930's Tophat and Freestlye. We were absolutely blown away at the standard the students performed to.

Huge congratulations to all who performed and a massive thank you to all who came along to support us... we appreciate all the support we receive so much. We had a fabulous day with a wonderful group of students!

*Military Performance Assault Team*

This article was published on: 2017-04-22

Quick description: What we really get up to in the Half Term!

On Friday 21st March we done something completely different... we changed our names and our roles for the day...for one day only we were... 'The Military Performance Assault Team' 
A group of MPA's students and staff took part in an Adventure Day Held at Kirkley Hall with Phil Nixon!! 

All that took part had a fabulous day, taking part in numerous activities, such as camouflage and concealment, zip lining, crate stacking, leap of faith and everyone's favourite...Airsofting activities!

Thank you Phil for a brilliant day!!!

*MPA Students raise the bar higher again!*

This article was published on: 2017-04-22

Quick description: Freestyle Exam Results Success

At MPA our students have the opportunity to take part in dance exams in which they use the skills that they have been developing throughout classes. We offer dance exams in a variety of dance styles Freestyle, Jazz, Ballet, Tap and many more.

At the end of March students from our Morpeth Studio took part in their Freestyle Dance Exam and students from our Blyth Studios took part in their Freestyle Dance Exam at the start of April.

Our students got some excellent results for their Freestyle exams and we are extremely proud of each and every one of them! - All those practice sessions well and truly paid off!

*Bollywood Ball*

This article was published on: 2017-04-02

Quick description: Gosforth Marriott Hotel Performance

On April 1st the 'MPA Performance Group' performed at a Bollywood Ball at the Marriott Hotel Gosforth for an event hosted by the Brunton PTA.

The dance group performed two enthusiastic, thrilling medleys inspired by Just Jhoom, following on from their performances it was time to get the audience on their feet and let their inner Bollywood Diva's out with some audience participation.

The 'MPA Perfomance Group' has performed at a number of corporate events in locations such as The Royal Station Hotel, The Hilton Hotel Newcastle and Horton Grange Hotel.

Planning an event? Why not add some extra glitz and glamour to your event! For more information on our Performance Group please contact us on 01670 798069.

*Contemporary Workshop with Geoff Hopson!*

This article was published on: 2017-03-10

Quick description: Dance City's Geoff Hopson returns to MPA

Back in November Geoff Hopson attended at Milly Performance Academy to hold a contemporary workshop for a group of our students from both our Blyth and Morpeth Studios.

This workshop was a huge success and the students thoroughly enjoyed there time with Geoff and learning new techiniques.

We enjoyed this workshop so much that we welcomed Geoff back into MPA with open arms on Friday 3rd March to hold another contemporary workshop. At this workshop he demonstrated a number of contemporary exercises before asking the students to take part.

All who attended had a great fun and took part in all exercises with great enthusasim.


*MPA Performance Group Provide Lunchtime Entertainment*

This article was published on: 2017-02-25

Quick description: Claremont Centre Lunchclub Performance!

MPA's Performance Group had the opportunity to perform for the Lunchclub at the Claremont Centre on Friday 24th February 2017.

This was a performance that MPA's Founder and Director Jayne Nixon holds very close to her heart as she has held many of her dance and fitness classes in this centre, her children have attended numerous clubs there and the staff at the Claremont Centre are always on hand whenever MPA need additional help!

The Performance Group showcased two 'Bollywood Dance Medleys' before providing some audience participation. 

A great day was had by all, we definetly saw some people release their inner bollywood divas during the audience participation.

*MPA's First Dance Day of 2017*

This article was published on: 2017-02-16

Quick description: MPA host a fun filled day of dance workshops!

On Wednesday 22nd February 2017 MPA held their first Dance Day of 2017.

This day included Workshops taught by MPA Instructors Bethany Hopwood and Megan McCarthy.

Bethany taught a workshop inspired by the film 'Step Up' followed by a Carnival themed workshop. Megan then taught a Commercial Jazz workshop followed by a Show Girl themed workshop.

Our Dance Days are suitable for anyone aged 5 years and over and run every half term and each dance day has a different theme. Our next Dance Day is on Wednesday 12th April and the theme is 'At The Movies'

To book in for this Dance Day please see reception.



This article was published on: 2017-01-21

Quick description: Modern and Commercial Jazz

A group of our students had the fabulous opportunity to take part in a Workshop held by Divers@Tees Dance Company from Teeside University.

Our students took part in numerous jazz techinique exercises before learning a dance to Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal before choreographing their own sections using the Jazz Steps they had learnt throughout the class.

The workshop finished with the girls in Divers@Tees explaining all about what it is like at University, what their degrees entail and what they are planning to do in the future.

All the MPA students who took part in this workshop thoroughly enjoyed themselves - it was a pleasure to have Divers@Tees at our studios!

*Blyth Christmas Market*

This article was published on: 2016-12-05

Quick description: MPA helping communities find their Christmas Spirit!

With Christmas Jumpers and Santa Hats at the ready, a number of MPA's talented students took to the stage in Blyth Town Market Square to provide entertainment for the Christmas Market on Saturday 3rd December and Sunday 4th December.

We performed a number of dances from our recent show 'Dance with a Twist' and ended our performances with a few christmas songs which definitley helped to spread the Christmas Spirit.

It may have been cold, wet and windy but MPA did not let this affect their spirits - We had so much fun!!



*Dance Group Auditions*

This article was published on: 2016-11-21

Quick description: MPA Performance Group Opportunities

A number of our senior dancers took part in auditions today to be part of the MPA Performance Group. The auditions were high energy and very demanding but we are incredibly proud with the turn out and how our senior students performed. The stakes were high but they all delivered!

The MPA Performance Group performs at number of events including Charity events, Corporate Events and Weddings and Birthdays.We are able to offer a range of performance styles to suite your event!

If you have any events coming up and you would like to book the MPA Performance Group please visit our Corporate and Celebration Page on our website for more information or give us a call on 01670 798069.

*Dance with a Twist Show Weekend Review*

This article was published on: 2016-10-24

Quick description: It was not just dancing; it was dancing with a twist!!

WOW! What a fabulous weekend everyone at MPA has had this weekend!

Our showcase ‘Dance with a Twist’ was our biggest and best yet! We have had nothing but raving reviews regarding our show this year, from the spectacular dancing to the magnificent singing, there was something in our show for everyone!

Here are a few words from our Founder and Director Jayne Nixon!

‘What an epic few days! I am exhilarated by what I have witnessed. Students, teachers, parents and all those who have dedicated the past months, weeks, days and hours creating the spectacular we have just performed at the Whitley Playhouse, I feel honoured to be surrounded by such dedication and positivity. ‘When you smile the world smiles with you’ Well done and thank you to all!

It may all be over now but do not panic! We are already planning our next showcase and how we are going to top Dance With A Twist!

Turn Board Challenge starts 25th July - 2nd September

This article was published on: 2016-07-21

Quick description: Become a Pirouette master!

Come along to our studio; register your name and try out the new turn board.  Take a video of your pirouette and upload to our facebook page.....the winner will be the most amount of full turns...Good luck!


This article was published on: 2013-05-19

Quick description: We are adding some new adult fitness classes to our ever growing timetable!

We are constantly adding new classes to our timetables, giving you what you want. 


Pilates with Jayne - Wednesdays and Saturdays Time tbc

Circuits with Phil - Thursdays 6.30-7.15pm

Clubbercise with Megan - Thursday 7.15pm-8.00pm

Contact us for more information or to book in!

Durham Gala Performance - Well done kids!

This article was published on: 2016-05-19

Quick description: What a day we had with a lovely, hardworking and motivated bunch of MPA students

After many intense rehearsals, we took 32 MPA students along to Durham to perform in The Big Dance Show, at Durham Gala Theatre. 

After a rocky start (wrong size bus arrived!!) we made it and these kids absolutely shone like the true stars they are.

We performed a Billy Elliot Medley, followed by a Hip Hop Honey Mix, finishing off with a group finale with all the dance schools which took part.

We look forward to grabbing more opportunities like this and will be holding auditions in the coming months. If you would like to be a part of this, please get in touch!

Durham Dance Gala

This article was published on: 2016-04-12

Quick description: 14th May 2016

We are excited to be taking a group of students to Durham to perform in a Gala Dance Show.

On Saturday 14th May, a group of MPA students will be performing 'Billy Elliot' and 'Honey' Medleys alongside another 25 local dance schools.

Tickets are still available, so why not come along and support your team mates?

New studio - Announcement!

This article was published on: 2015-09-03

Quick description: Watch this space!!!!

We are all happy, excited and nervous to announce to all our students, families and clients that we are taking on our own BRAND NEW premises based in blyth: The Albionb Activity Centre, Albion Way, Blyth, NE24 5BW.  We have lots of building work, paint work and other preperations to do before we open the doors to you all on 31st Oct - 1st Nov. New timetables for kids classes and adult fitness classes coming soon - watch this space!!!!

Tap and Ballet in Morpeth

This article was published on: 2015-09-02

Quick description: We are kicking off the new teaching term in Morpeth by introducing Tap and Ballet to the timetable!

Shoes at the ready kids - you can order them from our online shop.

Students Teachers Pass Exams!

This article was published on: 2015-09-01

Quick description: We have taught, trained and worked alongside Megan McCarthy and Bethany Hopwood for many years...

We have taught, trained and worked alongside Megan McCarthy and Bethany Hopwood for many years now but last weekend they took their student teachers exams. After a very intense 1 hour theory and pratical exam, we have found out this morning that both girls passed with flying colours scoring absolutely outstanding marks! Well done, we are extremely proud and we would all like to officially welcome you to the teaching team.

Office Move!

This article was published on: 2015-08-01

Quick description: It is amazing to see how far the business has come over the years.

We started out in a little office in Jayne's loft, we then moved to a tiny box office in Bedlington. After that, we moved on to a bigger office within an office block in East Sleekburn - where we could fit 2 office desks in, wow!!! We are happy and excited to announce that we have now moved into a much larger office based in the Albion Activity Centre, Blyth. This office has lots of space, story and facilities which is just what we now need! Our new addres is: The Albion Activity Centre, Albion Way, Blyth, NE24 5BL. Feel free to stop by for a coffee, we have plenty of space!

Sunderland Empire NCDTA 90 Year anniversary Showcase

This article was published on: 2015-06-01

Quick description: We were thrilled to find out at the beginning of the year that we were invited to take part in...

We were thrilled to find out at the beginning of the year that we were invited to take part in a huge sunderland empire performance for the Northern Counties Dance Teacher Association's 90th Anniversary Showcase! We had a fantastic day starting off we a short rehearsal, hair and makeup time, followed by a very entertaining coach journey to sunderland ... and that was before we even reached the theatre! The showcase was absolutely amazing and all of the MPA students who were selected to take part did a fantastic Job. We performance two very diverse routine: Billy Elliot which incorporated Contempory, Ballet, Jazz and singing, followed by a more up beat freestyle number from the film 'Happy Feet'. Congratulations and well done to all who were involved.

Encore for the Era

This article was published on: 2015-05-01

Quick description: What an exciting couple of days we have had!

On Sunday Morning we all arrived at the Whitley Bay Playhouse (after a full day rehearsal on Saturday!) ready for MPA's 10 year anniversary performance. Well done to all students who took part, we are a team of very proud dance teachers. Also a huge thank you to all the chaperones and volunteers across the weekend - we could not have done it without your support, time and help. After 2 show stopping performances the audience (and staff!) were suprised by a beautiful, gobsmacking proposal! Congratulations Cheryl and Gav, we wish you all the luck and happiness in the world.

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