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‘Performing Arts school with professional tutition in dance, singing, acting, gymnastics and musical theatre’

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Aberdeen Academy of Performing Arts was established in August 2005 and has become a unique studio in Aberdeen City centre for children to come to.  We provide specialist performing arts tuition in all genres with professionally trained, experienced and well qualified staff.

Our pre school students begin their journey in Dance, Musical Theatre and Gymnastics through our specialist Mac the Monkey classes with their parent/care giver from approximately 18 months old.

From the Age of 3 years old our classes progress into ‘independent child’ sessions and the parent/care giver can wait in our designated waiting areas outside the studio door while the class is running.

As your child continues to grow our classes progress too and we run a selection of different dance, musical theatre, drama and gymnastics classes to compliment their age and stage of development.

Our in-house and external exams/class assessments are optional and we offer them from the age of 4 years old. Our students absolutely love the chance for fun assessments and formal exams and the benefits gained from our taking part in our exam sessions are invaluable. We don’t just teach performing arts skills – we teach skills for life.  You can be sure that while your child attends our classes their confidence and love for performing will grow. Examinations are possible in nearly every subject through our exam boards BATD, IDTA, Glenn Wood Tap, Trinity College London and American Ballet Theatre. While attending our classes your child will be given the opportunity to take part in these exams at various points during the year when they are ready.  We offer shows and performance trips and the chance to take part in competitions too.  For those wishing to pursue a career in Performing Arts we also have a Casting Agency (AAPA Talent and Casting) where our Agency Director will submit children for professional auditions.  We really have something for everyone !

Our classes are carefully structured to allow children to develop and progress at their own speed. Our students are challenged to be the best that they can be in a fun and friendly learning environment.

Don’t just take our word for it – come along and give our classes a try !

Keira's Story


I’ve made lots of new friends.  It’s so much fun learning new skills.  I really enjoy it and I hope you do too!






Merryn's Story


I have got more active.  Coming to AAPA classes made me feel confident and it has given me lots of friends from a very young age, it’s my home!


Khloe's Story

When I started AAPA I didn’t know anyone at all and now I have so many friends in all my classes and it’s so much fun !  I love doing shows and doing the Nutcracker Ballet and performing with my friends in front of so many people was amazing.  It was the best feeling EVER !  I can’t wait to do more shows.  AAPA is the best !