About Us



About Us



The BoPPA Way

At BoPPA building a positive team and family spirit is at the heart of everything we do. The following values are integral and interwoven into every decision and interaction of our team, our parents and our students..

  • MAKING A DIFFERENCE - we positively impact the lives of every person that walks through our studio doors

  • INNOVATION - we take calculated risks, thrive on creativity and embrace positive change.

  • LEAD BY EXAMPLE - we act and treat each other as we would expect in return.

  • PURSUE GROWTH AND LEARNING - we always learn, persevere through challenges and strive for improvement.

  • ENTHUSIASM - we approach teaching and learning openly and enthusiastically.

  • PASSION - we live and breathe the love of dance.





Our Team


Our Team


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Miss Dani - Director

Bachelor of Dance
Graduate Diploma in Teaching

Miss Dani has taught in New Zealand and Australia for over 15 years. On returning to New Zealand in 2013, she decided she wanted to finally make the move from Auckland to sunny Mt Maunganui and establish a performing arts centre with a difference. Miss Dani’s dream in opening Bay of Plenty Performing Arts was to create a centre that provided opportunities for all young people to experience the performing arts and provide classes that were modern and keeping up with international dance trends. She wanted BoPPA to be a place where every child’s dance journey begins…

Dance Classes Papamoa
drama classes papamoa
tap dance papamoa
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Mrs Debbie Miller - ACCOUNTS

Debbie knows whats involved with being a dance mum (being Miss Dani's dance mum for many years!) She joins us from an administration and accounts background in Auckland and is ready to make your BoPPA experience an easy and exciting one.  Debbie is approachable, ready to answer your questions and quite good at fixing those dance buns!

Debbie works Wednesdays and will be helping you with all of your accounts queries.


Miss Ellie’s passion for dance started at the age of three when she began taking ballet classes in England. After moving to New Zealand she began dancing in Papamoa focusing on Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary. Miss Ellie continued her love of dance and moved to full time training at a classical ballet school in Melbourne Australia. This then led her to complete a Diploma of Dance and Theatre Arts along with her ISTD ballet teaching certificate at a performing arts school in Auckland. Miss Ellie loves teaching dance and helping students develop in their technical skills, artistry and watching their passion for dance grow.

Mr daniel - Triple Threat Educator

Mr Daniel is a British Actor, Musician and Teacher who has recently moved to Tauranga after teaching performing arts in China.

As a performer Mr Daniel has toured the UK multiple times, performed at London's National Theatre, appeared as a Blue Man in New York and performed on board Disney Cruise Line's Disney Dream.

As a teacher, Mr Daniel has led workshops focusing on a wide range of performance skills to children aged 3-16 and young adults. 


Miss Kelsie has been dancing since age 4 where she found an instant love. Trained in multiple styles Miss Kelsie’s true love was always tap. She has completed her NZAMD solo diploma in Tap. Miss Kelsie was also nominated for the New Zealand Young Performer Award in 2014. Since then she can be seen at Tauranga Musical Theatre, both performing the dance she loves or working the costumes to create the final image. Miss Kelsie is excited to be working with BOPPA and developing the continuation of the tap art from.


Miss Brooke is a third generation dance teacher / choreographer and began dancing at the tender age of 2. She was awarded the world’s youngest BBO candidate (1992) to pass an examination and continued her training in Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet and Musical Theatre over the years and gained internationally recognised qualifications including a diploma in dance.

Miss Brooke has 15 years teaching experience and directed her Auckland based dance studio for several years before moving to the Bay Of Plenty with her husband and two young children.

Miss Brooke continues to teach as a freelance choreographer, training students in all aspects of dance.She loves to share her knowledge and passion for the performing arts with the new generation of dancers.

MISS Laikin - babyballet® Specialist

Miss Laikin began dancing when she was three years old, her majors included Ballet and Modern Dance. Her love for ballet grew as she danced with Sue Cook from the Royal Academy of Dance in South Africa. Over the many years of working with young children, she has formed a wonderful love for teaching them and seeing their development. She is very excited to unlock the potential in the next generation of dancers and watch them grow in BoPPA. 


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