About

Northern School of Performing Arts is the one-stop performing arts destination for your child. Our purpose-built studios are ideal for singing, dancing, music lessons and acting. We have two convenient North Auckland locations: one on the Hibiscus Coast and the other in the heart of Takapuna.

Northern School of Performing Arts employs some of Auckland’s best teachers who will inspire, nurture and help your child grow in all areas of performing arts and beyond. NSPA was formed in 2018 by Sophia Pedersen, Alicia Chadwick-Cook and Clare Saddington-Smith. This dynamic trio formerly owned Peaches and Pickles Performing Arts, Sole Movement and Northern Performing Arts – each very successful businesses in their own right. By merging and streamlining their companies, they have created an even more comprehensive performing arts school that reaches more people across northern Auckland.

Sophia Pedersen

Alicia Chadwick-Cook

Clare Saddington-Smith

Student and Staff Achievements

NPA students and staff are achieving outstanding results around the world

  • John Murphy accepted to train full time in Singapore & currently working professionally in Singapore (Rojak TV Show)

  • Miyako Miyazaki accepted to train full time at Wellington Performing Arts (Diploma in Performing Arts). Went on to teach at various academies and studios in Japan and gained a JSDA Qualification (Japanese Street Dance Association)

  • NPA were National Champions at the Showcase Dance Championships held in Gold Coast Australia in the teen division for broadway jazz.

  • Isabella Christie National Champion in the teen division for classical ballet at the Showcase Dance Championships held in Gold Coast Australia.

  • Quinn Annemans accepted into the Edge full-time training programme for 2017 intake on a full scholarship (Melbourne Australia)

  • Belle Sergeev made it to the final top 10 petite dancers at the Get the Beat national dance championships held in Gold Coast Australia. Belle was also awarded national champion in the U8 hip hop category and runner up in the U8 jazz category.

  • Belle Sergeev top 10 in the petite dancer of the year category at the Showcase National Championships held in Gold Coast Australia. Belle was also runner-up in her division for both contemporary and jazz & the 3rd highest scoring soloist overall in the Elite Petite division.

  • Emma Aley accepted into the NZ school of dance associate programme (Contemporary)

  • Belle Sergeev & Isabella Christie accepted into the Lucy Ellis all stars elite training & development programme.

  • Alicia Chadwick-Cook awarded most outstanding jazz choreography overall at the ACDA competition held in April.

  • Emma Aley awarded a $1500.00 scholarship to attend the AMDA summer school in Los Angeles or New York after performing at the Kairos Dance Convention in July

  • Northern Performing Arts senior contemporary troupe 'Nip Tuck' made it to finals (top 13 troupes) in the PACANZ Young Performer awards held in Palmerston North. 42 troupes and close to 500 dancers attended this prestigious event. NPA was one of the very few studios to receive two nominations for the 2016 PACANZ troupe awards.

  • Belle Sergeeve - made the top 10 petite dancers at the Get the Beat finals held on the sunshine coast. She also was awarded 3rd place overall in the top 5 dance off.

  • Emma Aley. Runner-up in the league of champions at Showcase held at Gold Coast Australia

  • NPA National Champions, Senior Ballet Troupe at Showcase held Gold Coast Australia

  • Emma Self & Maddie Gaze accepted into the New Zealand Performing Arts Musical Theatre Associates Programme.

  • Belle Sergeev - Winner of the More FM Royal Eater Show Talent quest taking away $5,000 in prize money

  • Emma Self - Performed in King of Bollywood as a backup dancer at the Vector Arena

  • Phoenix dance workshop Belle Sergeev - recipient of the beginners room directors award & $200 cash prize. The highest award possible for this room. Emma Aley - recipient of the advanced directors & Ettingshausens award. One month scholarship to their Full-time course in Sydney and $1,000 cash prize. The highest award achievable across the entire workshop.

  • Emma Aley - Finalist (top 6 out of 77 competitors) at PACANZ in Palmerston North.