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ABOUT US

Founded in 1999 as Dreams Drama School, we pride ourselves in providing the finest instructors in our unrivalled hi-tech studios while offering over 10 genres of performing arts. 

DAPA provides exciting and supporting performing arts education for all ages, through performance relevant programs for toddlers through to teens and from young adults to the young at heart.  We have a class for you.  DAPA connects schools, teachers and students to professionals in the performance industry.

Look at our timetable to see our the exciting new classes we offer.

All our programmes emphasise the joy of performance and we strive to offer a positive experience for every student.  Our goal is excellent instruction in a fun, family-orientated environment, that will give your child the best possible introduction and experience in the world of performing arts. 

We believe that the discipline, self-esteem and joy they experience at DAPA, will add a positive and influential, energy and creativity to their lives.

I have played the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz, the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland and most recently Michael in Mary Poppins. I love being involved in these productions and am really grateful for everyone one who makes them possible.”

– Logan Lockyer – Student

ALICIA KINDELL

INTRODUCING ALICIA KINDELL - ANZAMD SD - Director

  • NZAMD Registered Teacher
  • New Zealand Association of Modern Dance Solo Seal (Distinction)
  • Wellington Performing Arts School (WPAC) – Certificate Musical Theatre
  • Royal Academy of Dancing Intermediate (Advanced 1)

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ALISHA GABRIELSEN

INTRODUCING ALISHA GABREILSEN - ARAD

 

RAD Cert. Ballet Teaching Studies

Diploma Commercial Dance

Registered RAD Teacher

Teaching Member NZAMD
ARAD – Advanced 2 - Royal Academy of Dancing

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JAHANNA SCOTT-McCLEARY

INTRODUCING JAHANNA SCOTT-McCLEARY - ANZAMD

Based on the Kapiti Coast, Jahanna’s love for dance aspired at age 4.  She begun training at Deborah Hale Musical Theatre, where she is currently teaching Hip Hop. 

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Mānoa Teaiwa

INTRODUCING MÃNOA TEAIWA

 

Mānoa Teaiwa has been dancing for 11 years in many different styles including

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NASASHA CAFFEY-LAIDLAW

INTRODUCING Natasha Caffey-Laidlaw

 

Natasha grew up on the Oregon Coast, USA doing a variety of dance, theatre and gymnastics with achievements in her youth including Oregon state champion team captain/choreographer and third at UCA nationals in competitive cheerleading, national level clogging in Nashville, TN as well as participating in and choreographing several performances and productions.

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RACHEL WILSON

INTRODUCING RACHEL WILSON - ANZAMD SD

  • New Zealand Association of Modern Dance Solo Seal (Distinction)
  • New Zealand School of Dance – Diploma of Dance Performance
  • Royal New Zealand Ballet – (1994, 1995)

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CALEB HOWELL

INTRODUCING CALEB HOWELL

NZAMD National nomination 2015, 2016

Since 2007 Caleb Howell has been dancing and performing in competitions across a wide range of styles; Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip Hop. achievements include a 2015 NZAMD Hip-Hop Nomination, and was the recipient of the 2015 scholarship to attend Phoenix Dance Workshop.

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KEN BLACKBURN

INTRODUCING KEN BLACKBURN - ONZM

Ken Blackburn, ONZM (born 1935) is a New Zealand actor and writer. He has worked in film, television, radio and theatre in the UK, New Zealand, and Australia since the 1970s.

 

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LOGAN LOCKYER

INTRODUCING LOGAN LOCKYER - STUDENT ASSISTANT TEACHER

A huge inspiration and role model to our students.

Logan is 14 and attends Paraparaumu College. He has a crazy sense of humour and enjoys entertaining and physical theatre. He also loves magic and has done a few magic shows for different events.

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Office and Studios, 302 Kapiti Road, Paraparaumu
Phone: 04 297 0039; Mobile: 021 050 9749; Email: info@dapa.nz

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