Welcome to HSPA

Now is the time to invest in your child's future.

The School's Founder:  Dale Hartley-Brown B.A., L.T.C.L.

Hi, I'm Dale, and through my school I offer a wide range of Performing Arts classes, teaching Acting, Singing  and Dance skills including Jazz, Contemporary, Tap and Hip Hop to children as well as  adults in the Rangiora and North Canterbury area.  My school presents two major Children's Theatre Musical Stage shows each year and gives my students a fun, confidence building environment in which to follow their dreams.
I feel strongly about the skill set that performing arts gives it's students, both those who wish to perfom and those who wish to gain life skills.  In our new Modern Learning Environments, the ability to speak out, work well with others, and stand out from a crowd are all attributes that are increasingly valuable. 
I am glad to offer a place for people to find these strengths.

Our students can sit Drama, Speech & Singing exams through Trinity College, London
Our Dance students can sit Levels throught Dance NZ Made.

Browse this website to see what our classes can offer!

Enjoy a free drama class in February
Come and join in on one of our great Junior & Intermediate level drama classes in the first two weeks of term.  You can even bring a friend. Just turn up to our waiting room and say you're here for the free drama class!  
This is open to all, and is a great way to try out drama risk free!

These are the times you can come during the week of Feb 4-Feb 8 (Except Wednesday due to Waitiangi Day):

New Entrant Drama Thursday 3.45-4.30pm

Junior Drama 2 Tuesday 3:30-4.30PM
Junior Drama 3 Wednesday 3:30-4.30PM (You can come Feb 13th!)
Junior Drama 4 Thursday 4:30-5.30PM
Junior Drama 5 Friday 3:30-4.30PM

Upper Junior Drama 2 Wednesday 4:30-5.30PM 
(You can come Feb 13th!)
Upper Junior Drama 4 Thursday 5:30-6.30PM
Upper Junior Drama 5 Friday 3:30-4.30PM

Intermediate Drama 1 Monday 4:30-5.30PM
Intermediate Drama 5 Friday 5:30-6.30PM


For 2019 we have classes in:
  • Speech & Drama - Competitions & Trinity College Exams available
  • Contemporary Lyrical Dance - Performance based group. DNZM Tests available
  • Hip Hop Dance - Performance based group. DNZM Tests available
  • Tap Dance - Performance based group. HSPA Medal Tests available
  • Jazz Dance - Performance based group. DNZM Tests available
  • Junior, Upper Junior & Intermediate Glee Clubs - Performance based singing groups.
  • Senior Glee Singing - Glee Club Style challenging singing for High School aged singers
  • Private Singing and Private Drama lessons - Solo and in pairs. Trinity Exams available
Go to our Classes page to see all of the options available.
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Diploma Recipients

Congratulation to 2018 Diploma recipients: 
Elliott Andrews - ATCL Distinctions
Kitty Jamison - ATCL
Hannah Powell - ATCL
Anaru Shadbolt - ATCL
These students now have their ATCL Diploma in Speech & Drama Performance from Trinity College.  This is a fantastic internationally recognized qualification. We look forward to celebrating your achievment at the capping ceremony later in the year.

Dance Honors

Well done to all students who sat DNZM Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop Levels and HSPA Tap Medals this year.   2018 DNZM Chanmpion Studio Dancer Awards awards went to:
  • Jazz: Niah Laing, Brooklyn Reid, Madison Tull, 
  • Hip Hop: Zoe Patterson, Niah Laing, Cassia Hendricks. Holly Frost
  • Contemporary: Madison Hartley-Brown, Hannah Burns, Rachel McInnes

Students recognized for excellence

Congratulations to the following students for receiving scholarships for their hard work across the year at HSPA.

  • Niah Laing - HSPA Junior Scholarship
  • Hannah Burns - North Canterbury Musicals Intermediate Scholarship
  • Joshua Lees - Brandts-Giesen McCormick Laywers Major Senior Scholarship

We are so proud of you all, you are a credit to the HSPA family.

From left to right: Hannah, Niah & Josh

Wind in the Willows played to full houses!

Well done to our younger performers for their excellent production of Wind in the Willows. Thanks goes to Rachel Long, our director, and her wonderful artistic team.  With our youngest performer only 4yrs old, this was a first time on stage for many of the 100 strong cast.   They did so well!

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