Located on Auckland’s North Shore, Northern Performing Arts is a multi-genre dance school offering a range of classes for girls and boys, from pre-school age up to adulthood. In 2009 Alicia Chadwick-Cook took over the 23-student strong dance school, then known as Birkenhead Performing Arts. News of her quality tuition and the school’s nurturing environment soon spread. This inevitably resulted in expansion to other locations and a name change to Northern Performing Arts in 2011.

Today, Northern Performing Arts maintains its reputation for excellent tuition. Our team of professional and friendly staff are dedicated to bringing out the best in your child. The class environment is fun, welcoming and progressive. It's a place where students can reap the many benefits associated with learning to dance. Extended training and opportunities are also present for the highly dedicated students who wish to extend their dancing into competition work and beyond.

Open Classes

Our pre-school classes and 'open' hip-hop and jazz classes cover a wide range of dance & performing arts activities. These classes are great for students who don't enjoy the pressure of sitting exams, anyone who just wants to try out dance classes, and those who simply enjoy dance as a form of expression and exercise.

Exam Classes

In our exam classes, students learn specific steps, routines and combinations in preparation for exams in August/September each year. In ballet, modern theatre jazz and tap, we follow the ISTD syllabus. Hip-hop and contemporary classes follow the NZAMD syllabus.

We pride ourselves on a high and consistent pass rate. Exams can be a positive experience for children and lead to a great sense of accomplishment


Held in December, the NPA show is the highlight our year and gives every student the opportunity to show off their hard work in front of family and friends. Not only is the show a fun and amazing experience, but it lets students gain confidence on stage and hone their performance skills. Each class has its own section in the show, with auditions held for the main characters and minor parts.


NPA offers competition work for our elite dancers, as well as troupe work, extension classes and acrobatics training.

Entry to troupes is by audition or invitation only.

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