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.

We have Re-Branded!
Previously known as The Dale Hartley School of Speech & Drama, for many years we have been offering more than just Speech & Drama classes, we felt it was time to adjust our name to reflect  the variety of things we do.
We still offer an excellent Speech & Drama program just like always, we are passionate about it and would hate you to think that we are changing any of that just because that part of our name has changed.
I hope you like the new colours and the new heading. 

Enrolments are now being taken for Term Two classes!!

Please call or email us to discuss how we can get you or your children involved in performing arts this year. We have two fantastic shows planned for 2016 along with lots of opportunities to perform and learn.  This is a great time to begin classes!                Click on the star below to see what classes we have to offer. 

Well done to all who auditioned for Peter Pan!
We have an excellent cast of characters. You can check it out here  Shows: Current .
Read Thru is on Saturday 30th April at 4pm.

For 2016 we have classes in:
  • Speech & Drama - Competitions & Exams available
  • Contemporary Lyrical Dance - Performance based group. 
  • Hip Hop Dance - Performance based group. Medal Tests avaiable
  • Tap Dance - Performance based group. Medal Tests avaiable
  • Jazz Dance - Performance based group. Medal Tests avaiable
  • Dance Conditioning Class - Open age group class designed to improve tone, flexibility etc.
  • Children's Glee Club - Performance based groups. Junior & Intermediate age groups.
  • Senior Glee Singing - Glee Club Style challenging singing for High School aged singers
  • Private Pairs Singing lessons - available to students of our singing classes.
Go to our Classes page to see all of the options available.
Remember, all of our classes, are involved in our Major Productions.


  • Welcome Back to Bryony.
The allure of Wellington was not enough to keep the lovely Bryony away from us!  Yes indeed, she missed us!  So after a short stay in the capital, Bryony has decided that Chrischurch is actually the best place n New Zealand to be involved in Musical Theatre.  We are pleased to have her back on staff as Vocal Coach for Peter Pan and a senior tutor.

  • Congratulations to our 2016 Theatresports Play Off winners!!! 

The evening was a complete success with many hilarious scenes overseen by our resident MC, Mr Ciaran Searle fand Judges Nathan Fellows, Bryony Jamison & Dale Hartley-Brown.  Well dne and thatnk you to the other perfomers fromour Junior Hip Hop, Junior & Intermediate Tap, Intermediate Glee and Senior Glee and Contemporary Dance.  All in all an excellent show for all.

The Winners were:            Dale Hartley School Player of the Day- Bradley Toase

North Canterbury Mucial Society Intermediate Trophy - The Afrotastics:
Casey Anderson, Iona Main, Campbell Richardson & Emma Ferguson.

Andy Pope & Assoc. Senior Trophy -
Alice Hodges, Bex Hughes, Joshua Lees & Lilly Heidmann.

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