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About DPA

Lisa is a member of the successful British pop group Steps who have achieved worldwide sales of over 20 Million records and performed to audiences of over one million earning them the prestigious Brit Award. Lisa is an accomplished performer with many years of experience in the TV, Radio and Music World. Steps embarked on their 20th Anniversary celebrations in 2018 to mark 20 years in the Music Business and the Entertainment Industry which resulted in 2 further sell out tours and a No.1 Platinum selling album.Johnny has worked in every genre of the industry from dancing for the likes of stars such as Robbie Williams and Diana Ross, being a member of the British pop group Hear’Say, to principal roles in London’s West End, including being in the original cast of Footloose. Johnny is also an accomplished Choreographer and Creative Director both here in the UAE and in Europe. Having both trained at prestigious Performing Arts Academies in London, Lisa at The Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts and Johnny at Performers College, they have the experience and knowledge required to establish a successful Performing Arts Academy.From both being qualified teachers of dance, combined with years of performing professionally within the industry; with passion, they share the same vision… Johnny and Lisa’s dream is to give aspiring young performers here in the Emirates, the opportunity to experience and enjoy an all-round training and foundation in Performing Arts, including audition preparation for vocational training and careers within the Arts.

We are proud to be affiliated with Taaleem, one of the largest education providers in the United Arab Emirates, and offer our students first class studios and facilities in convenient locations in Dubai. Our classes are open to everyone.

Our unique three-hour Musical Theatre and Performing Arts Workshops have been designed by our Principals Lisa and Johnny, based on their experiences in the Pop and Musical Theatre World.​​ We focus on the three disciplines of dance, drama, and singing, all-in-one master class.

Our teachers have been hand picked by the founders of DPA, ​Lisa and Johnny, specifically for their professionalism, international training, qualifications, and their dedication and commitment to working with our aspiring young performers.

DPA are proud to have achieved the Top 5 highest results across Dubai and Abu Dhabi, in our recent Trinity Musical Theatre exams. We offer RAD Ballet, ISTD Tap and Modern graded syllabuses, LAMDA and TRINITY Drama, Musical Theatre and Rock & Pop syllabuses.

DPA News

DPA are excited to be expanding this year as part of our partnership with Taaleem, one of the largest education providers in the Middle East.

We are proud to offer our popular Performing Arts classes in the following Taaleem Schools and Locations: Dubai British School Jumeirah Park (DBS JP) Dubai British School Springs (DBS) Dubai British Foundation (DBF) Greenfield Community School, Dubai Investments Park (GCS) Uptown School, Mirdif (UTS)

Congratulations to our Principal Lisa Scott-Lee on her amazing reunion with her pop group STEPS!

Steps came to Dubai to perform at the prestigious Dubai Opera and all of DPA were there to watch and support them!!

We are so proud to have a Principal who is actively performing in the Pop and Music World, and can pass on her professional experiences to our students! Steps' new album 'Tears On The Dance Floor' entered the iTunes charts at No.1 and they have recently completely their sell out 22 date UK Arena tour 'Party On The Dance Floor'.


Our students perform in multiple shows and events throughout the year, such as the Dubai Panto which will be held this December at Madinat Theatre, Emirates Rugby 7's, The Government of Dubai Happiness Festival, The Dubai Winter Festival, the Classical Christmas Concert with the Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra and various professional productions, including our annual DPA Shows and Full Length Musicals, which will take place at Dubai Opera for the second year running in June 2019.

DPA are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded our KHDA seal of approval.

We are one of the few Performing Arts Schools in the Middle East to have gained this achievement and been recognised for providing high quality training.

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) is the educational quality assurance and regulatory authority of the Government of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

​Following our examination sessions over the year with the leading examination boards RAD, ISTD, LAMDA and Trinity, we are proud to share that we have enjoyed a 100% pass rate, with the high majority of our DPA students achieving the highest result of 'Distinction' across all boards.​ For more information on our exam programs please email

Our DPA Head Quarters and Office are located at Dubai British School, Jumeirah Park. Come and visit our brand new state of the art studios and facilities, which include a stunning 600 seater purpose built theatre!

We also offer classes at Dubai British School Springs and Dubai British Foundation. Please see our full and varied timetable of exciting classes on offer.

DPA are excited to announce that we are expanding into 5 Taaleem Schools this September!!

Look out for our popular DPA classes at the following schools: Greenfield Community School, DIP, Uptown School, Mirdif, Dubai British School Jumeirah Park, Dubai British School and Dubai British Foundation.

EXCITING NEWS!! Following the success of SCHOOL OF ROCK and THE GREATEST SHOW earlier this year, we are thrilled to announce that DPA are coming to DUBAI OPERA in June 2019 for the 2nd year running!! A first for a Performing Arts School here in Dubai!!

We are thrilled to say we have a new home and we have relocated all our classes to British School, Jumeirah Park. Come and visit our brand new state of the art studios, our DPA office and facilities which include a stunning 600 seater purpose built theatre!

We also offer classes at Dubai British Foundation Dubai British School, Springs Greenfield Community School, Uptown School Mirdif, Dubai American Academy and more. Please see our full and varied timetable of exciting classes on offer.