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.

To enquire about what our classes offer email dale@hspa.co.nz

Mon 22nd -Thurs 25th January
10.30-4pm daily.
HSPA Studios: 62 Ashley Street, Rangiora 

Cost: $35 a day. Discount price of $120 for all four days.
Age groups 8-9yrs / 10-12yrs/ 13-15yrs

Four days of classes combining Acting Singing and Dance for students ages 7-15yrs. 

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For 2018 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 & Intermediate Glee Clubs - Performance based groups. Junior & Intermediate age groups.
  • Senior Glee Singing - Glee Club Style challenging singing for High School aged singers
  • Private Singing and Drama lessons - available to students of our singing classes. Trinity Exams available
Go to our Classes page to see all of the options available.
Remember, all of our classes, are involved in our Major Productions.


Elliott Andrews - Trinity College Scholarship Winner

With enthusiasm and maturity beyond his years, Elliott Andrews is making exciting progress on the stage and in the community. Recently Elliott’s achievements were recognised by Trinity College London NZ who awarded him a $500 Study Grant to assist with speech and drama tuition fees. 

This is a young man who is not only talented and exciting to watch on stage,but works hard, attends all rehearsals and puts his name down for all extra opportunities and jobs that might be available.  It is nice to see his efforts recognised at a national level.

Recent involvements have included performing at the SGCNZ UoOSW Shakespeare Festival Finals in Wellington, and participating in Trinity’s Word Play 2017, which featured an acting workshop with the acclaimed Jennifer Ward-Lealand.

Elliott is one of eight recipients of Trinity College London NZ Study Grants chosen from a field of 29 top applicants.

Elliott pictured here will Dale and actress Jennifer Ward-Lealand at a recent Trinity event.

Congratulations Competitions Entrants

Well done to all competitors for the 2017 Christchurch Speech and Drama competitions. 
It can be nerve racking so we applaud you all for your performances representing HSPA in Christchurch.

Here are some results:
Lucas Waghorn – 1st Place for Poetry. Tyler Waghorn- 1st Place Poem. 
Azaria Westeneng– 2nd Place for Dramatic Extract, Lachie Smith-Taumata – 2nd for Poetry
Felix Horwarth – 3rd for Improvisation. 
Annabelle Cowey – Very Highly Commended for Poetry and Bible Reading. 
Hannah Burns- Highly Commended for poetry. 
Erin Bruce – Commended for Dramatic Extract, Madison Hartley-Brown - Commended for Dramatic Extract.

Improv Club Will Return!!!

After farewelling Ciaran, the driving force behind our Improv club, you may have wondered if it would continue.  Yes it will. Hooray.
Lizzie Mullan has been secured to tutor this great club.  She will be starting up inTerm Two.  Look out for information.

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