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DPA offers all aspects of Performing Arts training to a professional standard.

A word from your DPA Principal

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 at in North Wales, where 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, and whilst searching for auditions and professional jobs, I came across an advert looking for a new pop group STEPS. I successfully auditioned and became the first member of the group.  

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

Johnny and I are very passionate about the training we offer at DPA and nurturing our students’ talents and skills.  We feel proud on a daily basis when we enter our DPA studios or watch their performances, and 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, Italia Conti’s, Laine Theatre Arts and Urdang, where our DPA Students can continue their training, in preparation for a career in our incredible industry.

The latest addition to our array of courses is our incredible BTEC Level 3 in Performing Arts, one of the first in the Middle East, where our First Year Students are thriving! Applications for September 2021 are now OPEN!

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 brand new state of the art Dance Studios, a stunning 500 seater Theatre and a purpose built 6th Form and BTEC hub.

Dubai British School, Jumeirah Park

We also offer classes at:

Dubai British Foundation

Starting Date: September 4, 2021 
Duration: 12 weeks
Classes offered: 
Rising 3’s, FS1 – 840 AED + 5% VAT (882 AED)
  • Mini Musical Theatre – Sunday 1:30pm – 2:15pm
  • Mini Ballet – Monday 1:30pm – 2:15pm
  • Mini Musical Theatre – Tuesday 1:30pm – 2:15pm
  • Mini Street Dance – Wednesday 1:30pm – 2:15pm
FS2 – 840 AED + 5% VAT (882 AED)
  • Mini Musical Theatre – Sunday 2:15pm – 3:00pm
  • Mini Ballet – Monday 2:15pm – 3:00pm
  • Mini Musical Theatre – Tuesday 2:15pm – 3:00pm
  • Mini Street Dance – Wednesday 2:15pm – 3:00pm

Mini Pass – 2200 AED *2,310 AED with 5% VAT

This package includes any 3 classes with DPA at DBF. Save 400 AED!

All in Mini Pass – 2800 AED *2,940 AED with 5% VAT
This package includes any 4 classes with DPA at DBF
Save 600 AED!

Dubai British School, Emirates Hills

Term Dates: September 13, 2021- November 22, 2021 (10 weeks)
PRICE: 735 (5% VAT included) – ECA Prices differ from Academy class prices
  • Monday – 1:30pm – 2:15pm FS1 & FS2 Ballet – 735AED (Mini Ballet)
  • Tuesday – 1:30pm – 2:15pm  FS1 & FS2 Street Dance – 735AED (Mini Street Dance)
  • Wednesday – 1:30pm – 2:15pm  FS1 & FS2 Musical Theatre – 735AED (Mini Musical Theatre)
Saturday Ballet Academy
Term Dates: September 18, 2021- November 27 (10 weeks)
PRICE: 810AED (5% VAT included)
  • Baby Ballet –  Saturday 9:00am – 9:30am (Age 3-4) – 540aed
  • RAD Pre-primary Ballet – Saturday – 9:30am – 10:15am (Age 5) – 810AED
  • RAD Primary Ballet – Saturday 10:15am – 11:00am (Age 6) – 970AED
  • Grade 1 – Saturday 11:00am – 11:50am (Age 7 upwards) – 1260AED

Jumeira Baccalaureate School

Term Dates:
  • Commencing: 28th September 2021
  • Finishing: 24th November 2021
Duration: 8 weeks
Classes offered: 
  • Tuesday- 2.15pm – 3.00pm KG Mini Street Dance
  • Tuesday- 3:15pm – 4:pm Primary Street Dance
  • Wednesday- 2.15pm – 3.00pm KG Mini Musical Theatre
Price:  588 AED (including VAT)

The Arbor School 
Safa British School 

Please see our full and varied timetable for the exciting classes we have on offer.