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The Academy of Performing Arts Macarthur

The Academy of Performing Arts Macarthur is a centre of enjoyment & excellence for students to gain a love and appreciation of the performing arts.

Located in Narellan, in the Macarthur region of Sydney, the Academy has certainly grown from our humble beginnings in the early 90s, where we started out teaching in a little hall in Camden.

With innovative new programs and enthusiastic, caring teachers, the Academy now provides students with 5 fully equipped studios under the one roof, offering classes 6 days a week in dance, singing and theatre for students aged from 3 years through to professional level.

One of the most important aspects of the Academy is our teaching philosophy – that students learn best when they enjoy what they do. This ethos of enjoying yourself as you learn has been consistently maintained from the very beginning, and one that is shared by all teachers at the Academy, creating a unique and friendly atmosphere of which we are proud.

The Academy of Performing Arts Macarthur has a history stretching back over 25 years.

Pauline Hincks School of Ballet

In 1979, Pauline Hincks opened the first fully equipped studios (Pauline Hincks School of Ballet) in the Macarthur area opposite the Dumaresq Street cinemas in Campbelltown. The studio became a launching pad for a number of young professional performers many of whom got their start at the studio and with the attached Macarthur Youth Ballet which toured extensively throughout NSW.

Learning at the school throughout this time was Pauline’s daughter Danielle. After studying full time at the Victorian College of the Arts, Hallidays Dance Centre, and finally with private tuition from Brett Morgan (rehearsal director for Sydney Dance Company), Danielle was offered a contract with Ballet Omaha in the USA in 1991 at the age of sixteen.

Whilst in the USA, Danielle travelled extensively, attending some of the world’s most famous dance schools and companies including the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and the Joffrey Ballet School then based in New York City.

Academie de Classique

Meanwhile, Pauline had since returned to the Macarthur region after a couple of years classical coaching in Melbourne, and began offering classes in the old church hall next to St Johns in Camden under the name ‘Academie de Classique.’

With a fine reputation for quality training, the academy quickly outgrow the church hall, and fully equipped studios were soon built in the upstairs suites of the Village Court in Argyle Street, Camden.

ADC Performing Arts Centre

Returning to Australia at the end of 1993, Danielle began teaching at the academy and the fledgling school grew even further. Students soon found it easier telling friends that their new found skills were being learnt at ‘ADC’. This led to a change of name from Academie de Classique to ADC Performing Arts Centre.

With Danielle and Pauline both now at the helm, the focus was now set on creating a performing arts school in the Macarthur area which combined a friendly atmosphere with first-rate facilities and teaching.

By 1998, with ADC starting to outgrow it’s Camden studios, the search was on to find a location to house a dream for the area… a first-class performing arts facility where students could feel inspired and supported, and a place which could continue to attract and keep the finest teachers in Sydney.

They were offered the opportunity to move into their current purpose designed location in Narellan in August 1998. At Narellan, the studio continued to grow, adding drama/acting and singing.

The Academy of Performing Arts Macarthur

In October 2002, Danielle officially took over the reigns as sole Academy Director, renaming the studio ‘The Academy of Performing Arts Macarthur’ to signify a fresh new era and beginning for the studio.

Now, the Academy continues to be a dream come true, not just for the teachers, but more importantly for the students who are now learning in a truly wonderful environment.

And with some of the most sought after teachers in Australia passing on their love of the performing arts, they continue to provide the youth and people of Macarthur with the best in performing arts education & facilities.