Even the Greatest was once a Beginner

DPA Academy of Dance & Performing Arts bridges the gap between drama clubs and further education Performing Arts establishments. It’s founder, Karen Thompson noticed a clear gap in the education system to provide the correct training for young people looking to advance in Performing Arts.

In September 2010 DPA Performing Arts Academy opened its doors as an independent Semi-Vocational Theatre School giving children and young people an opportunity to join classes for fun or to prepare them for their future careers within the Performing Arts.

Our aim is to provide education and training, nurture and encourage and ensure that all students are having fun, gaining confidence and making friends.

Take classes in Drama, Dance, Musical Theatre & Singing in a unique, creative learning environment for young people with outstanding talent!

We offer tuition in all areas of Performing Arts on a part-time basis for children & young people aged 18 months – 18 years.

A significant number of DPA Students have found their way to some of the most prestigious Dance Colleges & Drama Schools across the UK including GSA, Laine Theatre Arts, Urdang, Bird College, ICMP, Masters Performing Arts College, London Studio Centre, East 15 Acting School, Italia Conti and so many more.

So why not pop in for a grand tour and check out what all the fuss is about. Our staff will show you around our purpose built studios and work through the timetable to find the best classes to suit your child’s goals.


Jazz Tech at DPA.

Praise For DPA

My 2 children have been attending DPA for a year. They have been welcomed into this nurturing environment like family. They have grown in confidence and love the very many classes they attend. The staff are amazing, caring and encouraging. I cannot recommend highly enough.

Sophy E

What we both love about DPA is the support all students give each other and how they all celebrate individual or group successes regardless of their own involvement. She has made many friends and considers herself very much one of the DPA family.

Rachel B - Parent

DPA is amazing and my second family, we work through struggles and learn how to be better performers because of it.

Valentina M - Student