Dance Classes


This is for new enrolments ONLY.
Confirmation of your enrolment will be
provided by email from TAPA administration.

Established since 2000 and with a long-standing reputation for excellence, the Townsville Academy of Performing Arts (TAPA) provides a fun but disciplined environment where young people learn as they explore the world of dance.

We offer dance classes from beginner (Ready Set Dance and Ready Set Ballet) through to advanced major grades with our qualified and passionate teaching staff dedicated to providing your child with excellent dance training. At TAPA we encourage our student dancers to do their best in class, so they gain a sense of self-confidence and pride in their bodies where they can accomplish anything through practice.

Additionally we offer foundation classes to pre-schoolers from 2 years of age which are designed to give our youngest dancers confidence, coordination and creativity in a safe, professional environment. These classes instil correct movement practices which greatly assist their progression into formal dance classes when they reach school-age, should they wish to continue dancing.

Our classes are imaginative, creative and most importantly…fun!


TAPA is an official licensed dance studio for Australia’s leading preschool dance program, which promotes the 3 Cs – Confidence, Coordination and Creativity. READY SET DANCE is a one hour Ready Set Dance combo class of JAZZTAPHIP HOPSINGING and MUSIC. and a whole lot of fun!

The program caters for two levels, 2-3 years and 4-5 years.

JAZZ – Develop muscle strength, control and balance and achieve coordination milestones like skipping before going to school.

TAP – Learn the fundamentals of tap in a playful and creative way splashing in puddles and shuffling like a penguin.

HIP HOP – Bust out some ice cold moves just like Freeze to our original hip hop tracks.

SINGING – Sing like Twirl and build confidence singing on the microphone

MUSIC. – Develop the musical ear, dynamics and tempo while having fun with instruments and the parachute.

All these ingredients together create a super hour of fun!


TAPA is also an official licensed dance studio for READY SET BALLET, a magical ballet experience for 2- 5 year olds. Twirl our mascot will lead our little dancers through each step of the class as they learn the fundamentals of ballet.


 – Engage in specifically designed music that captures the beauty of classical ballet

CURRICULUM – Develop coordination, body awareness, strength and flexibility both through visual and auditory instruction.

MIME – Explore creativity and gain confidence by going on a picnic with FREEZE and TWIRL, riding the tutu train to storybook lane and so much more.

THEMED DANCES – Learn the beautifully themed dances that have music prompts to support preschoolers’ playful participation.

PROPS – Have fun twirling with rainbow ribbons, swaying with feathers and popping bubbles. These resources support tactile awareness and strengthen fine motor coordination and control.

Bringing this all together becomes an action-packed 30 minutes of fun!


TAPA is also an official licensed dance studio for READY SET MOVE WITH ME, a creative movement and music class for toddlers (18 – 36 months) and their grown ups.

The class consists of 3 sections – ENGAGE, EXPLORE AND EXPRESS.

ENGAGE – a playful exploration of music, nursery rhymes, lap play and parachute fun.

EXPLORE – set up as a circuit around the room with obstacles like stepping stones, tunnels and sensory activities designed to encourage investigation and build coordination skills.

EXPRESS – involves free dance movement which develops creativity with instruments, feathers and bubbles.

From birth to age 5, a child’s brain develops more than at any other time in life and early brain development has a lasting impact on a child’s ability to learn and succeed in school and life. Participating in READY SET MOVE, with the support of a grown up and led by specialised teachers, can make a significant contribution to play, development and learning…so in this 45-minute class, come and bounce like a bunny, be slow like a sloth and create memories with your special little mover and shaker!