Innovation, creativity and passion are key elements of our dance courses.
Whether it’s a 3 year old trying out their first class or a 19 year old thinking about a career as a dancer, we are confident you will enjoy being part of our vibrant and exciting school.
At the heart of the NAPA’s dance department are 3 main subject areas: Ballet, Tap, and Modern which all follow the ISTD syllabus. We offer regular opportunities to take part in examinations which gives students a chance to gain nationally-recognised dance qualifications. In addition, NAPA also offers classes such as Contemporary, Pop, Commercial, Limbering, and GCSE/A level Dance.
When you are not working towards an exam you may be rehearsing for one of the many shows NAPA stages each year, or a public event that NAPA has been asked to take part in, or perhaps even mastering a routine for a dance festival. NAPA likes to keep students busy and give them as many opportunities to perform as we can, developing not only their dance techniques but also their stage craft.
The faculty of tutors, led by Julie Lovewell call on their own training and experiences in the professional world to ensure every student gets the most out of their time at NAPA. You will be constantly challenged and encouraged to aim for the highest standards.
Class TimetableClick on class name to find out more
|5.00pm||-||6.00pm||Advanced 1 Ballet|
|6.00pm||-||7.00pm||Advanced 1/2 Ballet|
|7.00pm||-||8.00pm||Advanced 1 Modern|
|5.00pm||-||6.00pm||Grade 4 Ballet|
|5.00pm||-||6.00pm||Grade 5 Ballet|
|5.00pm||-||6.00pm||Grade 6 Ballet|
|6.00pm||-||7.00pm||Grade 4 Modern|
|6.00pm||-||7.00pm||Grade 5 Modern|
|6.00pm||-||7.00pm||Inter Foundation Modern|
|7.00pm||-||8.00pm||Grade 3/4 Tap|
|7.00pm||-||8.00pm||Grade 3/4 Tap|
|7.00pm||-||8.00pm||Grade 5/6 Tap|
|5.00pm||-||6.00pm||Junior Troup (A)|
|5.00pm||-||6.00pm||Junior Troupe (B)|
|6.30pm||-||7.30pm||Junior Ballet/Acro (A)|
|6.00pm||-||7.30pm||Junior Ballet/Acro (B)|
|8.15pm||-||9.00pm||Junior Elite Tap|
|5.00pm||-||6.00pm||Grade 2 Tap (A)|
|5.00pm||-||6.00pm||Grade 2 Tap (B)|
|5.00pm||-||6.00pm||Grade 3 Tap|
|6.00pm||-||7.00pm||Grade/level 2 Ballet (A)|
|6.00pm||-||7.00pm||Grade/level 2 Ballet (B)|
|6.00pm||-||7.00pm||Grade/level 3 Ballet|
|7.00pm||-||8.00pm||Grade 2 Modern|
|7.00pm||-||8.00pm||Grade 3 Modern|
|7.00pm||-||8.00pm||Grade 4 Modern|
|9.00am||-||9.45am||Pre Primary Tap|
|9.45am||-||10.30am||Pre Primary Ballet|
|10.30.am||-||11.15am||Grade 1 Modern|
|10.30.am||-||11.15am||Grade 2 Modern|
|11.15am||-||12.00pm||Pre P./Primary Acro|
|11.15am||-||12.00pm||Grade 1 Tap (A)|
|11.15am||-||12.00pm||Grade 1 Tap (B)|
|12.00pm||-||12.45pm||Grade 1 Ballet (A)|
|12.00pm||-||12.45pm||Grade 1 Ballet (B)|
Julie Lovewell (Head of Dance), Katy Ayres, Becky Bennett, Charlie Jagger, Sarah Sidaway
Julie Lovewell, Head of Dance
After studying Dance at a local dance school for 13 years I then studied the ISTD Ballet, Tap, Modern, National and Greek syllabuses with Miss Gaynor Owen and her team in Liverpool for 3 years where I qualified as a Teacher for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance.
In March 1991 I started teaching a few classes at The Northern Academy of Performing Arts (now NAPA) and the rest, as they say, is history. My passion for teaching and choreography has given me so many amazing opportunities including work for ITV (This Morning, Heartbeat) BBC (Children in Need) and Billy Elliot the Musical (West End cast). NAPA is the most magical place to work and inspire all the children who come through the doors. I have been so fortunate to work with many incredible staff and students over the years and am still amazed by my job every day!!