We recognise that there is no typical DAPA student. Our courses have therefore been structured to appeal and inform everyone from the unsure to the seriously ambitious. Many of our teachers have performed at the highest levels on the professional stage, and can encourage and develop those students who have the ability and determination to pursue a career in the theatre. However, just as important to us are those pupils who wish to experience the thrill of performing and participate in the fun of acquiring new skills. For a few children, DAPA is the first step to a career on the stage, but for most it is a great way to meet new friends, gain confidence, acquire an appreciation of the beauty of dance, music and drama, and keep fit!!
The Structure of the DAPA Timetable
The youngest pupils are found in our Jolly Tots classes from the age of 2½ years old. After two years they move to out First Steps classes in Ballet, Tap and Modern. From this point onwards pupils have opportunity to take exams at each level gaining qualifications, medals and awards. After the First Steps comes grade one, Two, Three, then Bronze, Grade four, Silver, Grades five and six, then Gold, Intermediate and finally Advanced.
Irish Dance Classes are given at six levels of complexity, namely Junior, Advanced Junior, Intermediate, Advanced Intermediate and Advanced.
Street Dance is taught at Intermediate level with Street Fusion and Advanced levels with Elite Street, coupled with an associated Stretching and Limbering class. Younger students can get a feel for Street Dance in our Funky Cheer Class where street moves are mixed with cheerleading!
Singing is covered at Junior and Senior Levels.
The Musical Theatre Classes, where dance, singing and drama combine, are graded as Musical Theatre 5+yrs, Musical Theatre 9+yrs and Musical Theatre 12+yrs.
DAPA also offers Adult Tap classes.
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