A word from your DPA Principal, Miss Lisa

My dream has always been to be a performer and to have a career doing what I love most in life.

I started performing at the tender age of 3 years and attended weekly dance, drama and singing classes in North Wales. During this time I took all my Dance exams, up to and including Advanced level. This prepared and enabled me to continue my dance training at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London, where I gained my A.I.S.T.D Teaching Qualifications.

After completing my vocational training in London, I would eagerly read The Stage, a British weekly newspaper covering the entertainment industry. Whilst searching for auditions and professional jobs, I came across an advert looking for a new pop group STEPS. I successfully auditioned and became a member of the group.  

Johnny and I met back in 1999 when working together on the very first Steps tour. With both of us being professional singers and dancers, we have always dreamed of owning our very own Performing Arts school. We dreamed of providing a professional standard of technical classes, combined with regular opportunities to perform in Theatre and professional events and shows.

Both of us are very passionate about the training we offer at DPA and nurturing our students’ talents and skills. We feel proud daily when we enter our DPA studios or watch our students perform. We see the same hunger and passion in the eyes of our students. We love being able to pass on our experience and knowledge of the industry we actively work in and love. We are thrilled to be able to offer our students multiple genres and classes covering all aspects of training, in a positive and supportive atmosphere. Whilst preparing them for top vocational colleges such as ArtsEd, Performers, Mountview, Italia Conti’s, Laine Theatre Arts, Bird and Urdang, where many of our DPA Students have gone on to continue their training, in preparation for a career in our incredible industry.

Welcome to the DPA Family!


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.

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Our DPA Locations

We are proud to call Dubai British School Jumeirah Park our DPA home. DBSJP houses our DPA Office and facilities including a state of the art Dance Studios, a stunning 446 seater Theatre and a purpose-built 6th Form and BTEC hub.

As well as our Academy classes at DBS-JP, our Ballet Academy runs at Dubai British School, Emirates Hills on Sundays for children ages 3 – 6 years old. 

DPA is now entering its second year of running classes at Jebel Ali School, utilising it’s wonderful auditorium and two purpose-built studios. 

We offer Extra-Curricular Activities (ECA) classes at:

  • Dubai British Foundation School.
  • Dubai British School, Emirates Hills.
  • Dubai British School, Jumeirah Park.
  • Jebel Ali School.

Please see our full and varied timetable for the exciting classes we have on offer, or contact our office directly at +971 56 173 7545 or info@dubaiperformingarts.com