About Us

The Academy Of Performing Arts, Macarthur

“Celebrating 50 years of teaching children the art of dance”

Pauline Hincks, Director and founder of The Academy of Performing Arts, Macarthur celebrates 50 years of teaching children the art of dance.

Since its conception, The Academy of Performing Arts, Macarthur (APAM) has been introducing and developing children from all ages, abilities and gender to a world of fun and excitement, through music, dance and performing arts.

At APAM everyone is welcome. Parents can be rest assured that their children will receive fun and inspiring classes, from those wanting to learn just for fun and friendship, to those interested in training to a professional level.

The school provides every student the opportunity to enter into the magical world of stage and performance through our annual concerts with age appropriate music and modest costumes.

Our highly qualified and experienced teachers provide a healthy, enjoyable and professional environment in which our students build confidence, creativity and develop as individuals. Promoting students’ awareness of their bodies and encourage positive development in body and mind.

The Academy’s teaching philosophy sits at the heart of what the Academy is all about. We believe that everyone can experience the joy of dance regardless of ability. Students always learn best when they enjoy what they do. Therefore, through positive encouragement, the students can create idyllic childhood memories. Our caring teachers produce enjoyable and fun classes to ensure everyone can share the love of dance.

As a result of this philosophy, the Academy of Performing Arts, Macarthur has produced some amazing professional dancers. Many students over the years have been offered positions within the Australian Ballet school, the Australian ballet school junior interstate program, the Boston Ballet School, Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, the Joffrey Ballet school, Victorian College of the Arts, the MacDonald College plus a number of professional contracts with dance companies both in Australia and overseas.

At the academy of Performing Arts Macarthur, we have classes to cater for all ages and abilities because we want all students to be inspired by the magic of dance… dance is for everyone!


“From being a student at Apa growing up, and having taught at Apa, I have formed a second family there. All the staff are wonderful and extremely talented and experienced and all the students are a pleasure to teach. It is a fun, hard working, passionate environment and I highly recommend Apa”

Jodie Toogood, professional dancer