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Sarah Dean - Principal
Sarah Dean trained at The Arts Educational School in Chiswick and
then went on to become a professional dancer performing in the UK,
Europe, Japan & America. Sarah founded DAPA in 1998. In addition
to overseeing the running of three performing arts academies she is
one of Britain's busiest professional choreographers. Her close
connections with the professional theatre gives DAPA a unique
opportunity to prepare ambitious students for careers in the theatre,
and gives all pupils the chance to appear on big stages in real
During the last twelve months Sarah has been responsible for several professional productions that have seen her working with Brian Blessed, David Hasselhoff, Louie Spence, Anita Dobson, Pamela Anderson, Les Dennis, Cilla Black and Melinda Messenger.
Sarah also has her own production - Celtic Journey - which has been a huge success at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury; The Gorden Craig Theatre, Stevenage and The Churchill Theatre, Bromley.
Dave Lee MBE - Patron
I am proud to be the Patron of this highly successful Performing
I have known and worked with Sarah (Principal) for more happy years than we care to mention, both on pantomimes and musicals. During this time I have seen her career blossom to the present point where she is one of the highest regarded and certainly the hardest working choreographer in Britain. How she has managed to combine her professional career with building and running this truly remarkable school is beyond me!
I would like to thank all the DAPA students who have appeared in my charity Dave Lee's Happy Holiday fund raising events and the famous charity nights at The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury.