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...
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.
We are WHERE THEIR DANCE JOURNEY BEGINS...
At BoPPA we are a dance family who believe in...
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…
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 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!
Miss Marisol's love of dance started as soon as she could walk. At the age of 4 she began classes under the tuition of Alison Pond. Miss Marisol studied ballet, jazz, musical theatre and contemporary. From a young age she always had a passion for teaching. In 2009 Miss Marisol began dancing at Judith Fuge Dance School where she continued to help teach classes and began creating choreography for the end of year shows.
In 2013 she graduated from Unitec’s highly regarded Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts Majoring in Contemporary. During her time at Unitec Miss Marisol worked with many national and international choreographers and teachers.
Since then Miss Marisol has completed her Dance Movement Therapy Certificate and has recently gained her Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies from the Royal Academy of Dance. She was also the recipient of the Creina Gee Memorial award in 2016.
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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