Bradford School of Performing Arts cleans during national competition (14 photos)
17 students from the Music in Motion Performing Arts School participated in the regional competition in Pittsburgh
Bradford’s Music in Motion Performing Arts (MIMPA) won several awards last month in the performing arts competition, Access Broadway in Pittsburgh.
A total of 17 local students between the ages of 9 and 17 took part in the national competition.
It was a family affair with students and their parents accompanying them, helping behind the scenes with makeup, costume changes, and travel fundraising initiatives.
The National Dance and Musical Theater Competition hosts a number of regional championships throughout the year as well as an annual national championship. Access Broadway: Pittsburgh was one of the regional championships, with Broadway alumni serving as judges.
MIMPA is a performing arts studio based in Bradford, specializing in voice, acting and dance. The studio is led by co-owners/directors Lydia Martin and Julia Cowie.aid Cowie.
- Platinum marks from 96 to 100% – 12 routines
- Gold marks raised from 92 to 95% – 27 routines
- 89-91% gold marks – two routines
High Score Awards – Overall rankings against competitors
- 1st place – nine routines
- 2nd place – six routines
- 3rd place – eight routines
- 4th place – six routines
- 5th place – three routines
- 6th place – two routines
- 7th place – two routines
- 9th place – a routine
MIMPA won the title for:
- Best Junior Actor 10 and Under
- Best Junior Actor 11-12 years old
- Best Junior Vocalist 12 & Under
- Best teen singer 13-14 years old
- Best teen singer 15-16 years old
- Junior star actor
- Teen All Star Actor 1st Runner Up
- Teenage All Star Singer
- Teen All Star Vocalist 1st Runner Up
- Best junior vocal duo/trio 9-12 years old
- Best Sr. Duo/Trio 13-19 years old
- Best Junior Musical Theater Group 9-12 years old
- Best musical theater group for teenagers 13-15 years old
MIMPA was also crowned Best First Musical Theater School.
“We are so proud of all our MIMPA students! Watching the competition team perform live in Pittsburgh (for the first time since 2019) was an incredible experience. For many team members, it was their first time competing,” said Cowie. “This team has overcome so much and has grown stronger through the pandemic. They supported each other and overcame many obstacles to get to this moment.
Parent Jason Tompson says the best part of the trip to Pittsburgh was the sense of community.
“MIMPA always seems to bring people together to support and develop each other. Whether you are a parent or a great partner…it was an unforgettable experience,” he said.
“My daughter has been at MIMPA for three years now and although she has always enjoyed it, it has taken her experience to another level,” added parent Gary Wise. parents. It really showed my two children the value of being part of something bigger than the whole. I’m a big fan of what they do.”
The studio is looking forward to a summer full of camp programs for young singers, actors and dancers. Registration for the next MIMPA season begins in July. Their 2022/2023 season will feature many programs, including musical theatre, acting, dance and singing technique lessons, as well as their award-winning triple threat competitive team.
“MIMPA prepares students for brilliant moments, both on stage and in life. By providing an inclusive and welcoming environment at all levels and stages of the experience, we have become a home for their MIMPA students and families. MIMPA nights are the favorite nights of the week and the magic that happens at the studio creates lasting memories and friendships for our students.”