About Us

About Us


About Us

About Us


Imagine a studio where every dancer is important no matter what age or ability. Imagine a studio where all staff, parents and dancers are supportive of each other and celebrate even the smallest achievements. Imagine a studio where your child will thrive and love coming to class. This is a reality at Bay of Plenty Performing Arts...


Mission Statement

To educate and inspire our dancers so that they may reach their full potential, no matter what stage of their dance journey they are at.

  • We strive to EDUCATE dancers in their technique, choreography and performance.

  • We INSPIRE dancers by providing positive role models and assisting them in developing a strong belief in their own abilities.


Our Values

At BoPPA we are a dance family who believe in...





Our Team


Our Team


Dani Miller

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…


Mrs Debbie Miller -

Admin & Director of First Impressions

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 will be running the administration email and phone and greeting you at the Arataki studio each day!


Miss Evelyn - Dance Educator

Miss Evelyn grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. She began her dance training at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and continued on to pursue a BFA in Modern Dance Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Since then, she has taught students of all ages in Modern, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Jazz, and Conditioning. Her guiding principles are hard work, attention to detail, professionalism, and love. She is passionate about showing the next generation of dancers their amazing potential and coaching them on how to turn technique into artistry. She looks forward to seeing you in class! 

Kayla Verburg
Calista Nelmes
Aidan Butterworth
Rowan Dawson
Hannah Spedding


Miss Courtney grew up in Blenheim (Marlborough), a picturesque town full for NZ’s best wineries. She studied ballet and jazz with the Marlborough Dance Centre until she moved to Wellington to start full-time dance training.  Miss Courtney loves teaching dance because of all the smiles! She loves helping students attain their goals and seeing them succeed in class is very rewarding. 



Miss Memphis has an extensive background in gymnastics. As a previous member of the New Zealand Team, she travelled internationally to compete achiveing highly. Miss Memphis has completed her gymnastics coaching courses and loves to assisting our acro kids to achieve their goals.



Miss Kayla grew up in Johannesburg, started dancing at the age of 2, later she moved to New Zealand and started Hip Hop and has continued with Hip Hop to this day. She has experience with a wide variety of different dance styles but Hip Hop and Street Dance are her main focus. Miss Kayla has trained with prestigious dance companies such as The Palace Dance Studio and Identity Dance Company. She competed at the Hip Hop New Zealand National Championship and has won many competitions. In 2016 she traveled to Los Angeles to take part in a 2-week dance tour and performed on Hollywood Boulevard and at Disneyland. She also trained at well-known studios such as Millenium, The Edge and IDA. Miss Kayla has always loved dancing and learning new styles and ways to be creative through dance.



Miss Calista has been working the musical theatre scene ever since she fell in love with performing at the age of 3. Since then she has worked every ounce of her being into her singing, dancing and acting to be fit for the stage. She is well experienced in dance and drama, and has been training in speech level singing for 8 years now. She has been involved with numerous community theatre and high school productions, most recently including the NZ regional tour of Mamma Mia and "Sherrie" in Tauranga Musical Theatre's Rock Of Ages. While doing all of this Miss Calista still managed to finish high school with top grades and awards of excellence in the drama, music and dance department. Miss Calista hopes to share her passion and knowledge of musical theatre with those just as eager as she once was (well, is). She is so excited to be a part of this team of teachers!



Mr Aidan was a soldier of the NZ Army for 15 years.

He became fully qualified as a Defence Physical Training Instructor in 2013, specialising in Event Management, Group Fitness, Exercise based Rehabilitation, Team Building and Strength & Conditioning. This created opportunities for him to work with organisations i.e.
Wellington Hurricanes and Assistant Trainer to the Defence Blacks at the International Defence Rugby Cup 2015 prior to departing the NZ Army in December 2015.

On leaving the NZ Army Mr Aidan founded MAHI Performance LTD. 
He has worked with youth athletes, senior athletes, people recovering from injury and professional athletes and now implement these skills and teachings to people of all ability levels at Aspire Health & Sports in Tauranga as MAHI Performance Ltd.

The values, standards, expertise and culture imparted on him, he aims to use to enhance the performance, both physically and mentally of each person, team and organisation we work with, to ensure they achieve success.



Mr Rowan found his passion for circus unicycling around Wellington and then in Christchurch where he completed a Diploma in Circus Arts Level 6 at the CPIT CircoArts department. 

Over the 2 years Mr Rowan learnt a wide range of Circus Skills but really excelled in Acrobatics including Tumbling, Partner Acro (Lifts and Balances), Doubles Trapeze, Slap Stick, Pitching (Throwing people into flips) and Handstands. After finishing his studies Mr Rowan spent the next year as the assistant tumbling coach at CircoArts.

In 2010, Mr Rowan moved to Auckland and worked at various Gymnastics and Dance Schools while started his Company Circus in a Flash. At the start of 2016 Rowan and his family brought a house in Welcome Bay so we could be closer to family and to bring our unique business to The Bay of Plenty. 



Miss Hannah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre after graduating the National Academy of Dramatic Art, (NASDA) in 2013.

Since graduating, she has been working professionally in the industry working for various different theatre companies including The Court Theatre (Christchurch), and Ben McDonald productions. Some credits include: The Mikado, Mary Poppins, Waiora, (the Court Theatre), South Pacific, HMS Pinafore and Grease (Ben McDonald). Her career highlight would be playing the role of Sandy in the National Tour of Grease late last year.

She has always had a passion for dance since she began when she was 4. She loves to teach and is loving her current role choreographing Tauranga Musical Theatre's production of Mary Poppins. 


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