Frequently Asked Questions
Can we join halfway through the term?
What is the Positive Performing Arts Method ®?
The Positive Performing Arts Method ® (PPAM) is a unique Performing Arts educational syllabus combined with a teaching philosophy which embraces aroha, positivity and respect as its core values. PPAM classes are held in Te Aroha, Morrinsville, Cambridge and Hamilton, NZ.
Who started the Positive Performing Arts Method ®?
She is a fully qualified, registered and certificated teacher, with experience teaching in both New Zealand Secondary and Intermediate schools.
Rebekah holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, Theatre and Screen & Media (University of Waikato), a Diploma of Musical Theatre (APO Arts Academy, Melbourne), and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching in Secondary (University of Waikato).
She is a singer, actor, dancer and choreographer, and has worked as a professional actor touring New Zealand and Australia.
Rebekah also has been involved with countless community musical theatre productions, both onstage as a performer and as choreographer.
Her most recent credits include Mamma Mia, and Blood Brothers with Hamilton Musical Theatre, 2022.
How is the Positive Performing Arts Method ® different from traditional after-school Performing Arts schools?
Some traditional after-school Performing Arts schools, particularly dance schools, have a focus on preparing students for exams and/or competitions. The discipline and technique these students develop is invaluable but not all students who want to dance want to do so competitively. The Positive Performing Arts Method ® is committed to using the Performing Arts as a way of enriching our lives through finding the joy in the Performing Arts - finding the fun! Sometimes students at traditional after-school Performing Arts schools find it difficult to find the joy and the fun because they are under too much pressure. That’s why PPAM is also beneficial to those students in conjunction with their technical and competition focussed training. At PPAM we aren’t as focussed on technical training, however students receive an important foundation in learning how to dance safely and how to look after their bodies. Something we focus on a lot at PPAM is how to find our “Zhoozh!” In order words, how to find your own “unique individuality” when you dance, your own “pizzazz!” Through discovering how to be relaxed and finding the joy and the fun, competitive dancers often find that PPAM can benefit their competition performances because it can bring life into their performances, it gives them an edge!
Can my child join if they have learning challenges?
Yes! We encourage you to give as much detail as possible on your child’s enrolment form about any learning challenges your child may have. With this information we can create a learning plan to ensure they get the most out of our classes.
To view our enrolment page click here.
Are parents allowed to stay and watch the class?
Yes, or feel free to leave your child in our capable hands and go have a coffee!
Where do I park my car when I bring my child to class?
Our venues have been selected with ease of parking in mind. There are plenty of parking spots at all of our teaching venues.
To view maps, directions, and parking for our venues, click here.
When do 2022 classes start?
Term 1, 2023:
Week starting Monday February 13th through to Thursday April 6th
(Term 1, 8 weeks.)
Term 2 2023:
Monday April 24th through to Thursday 29th June
(Term 2, 10 weeks.)
Classes in Morrinsville on Tuesday 25th April (ANZAC Day) will run as per usual.
Classes in Te Aroha on Monday 5th June (King’s Birthday) will be postponed and held on Friday 9th June instead. Class times and location will remain the same. NO REFUNDS will be granted if students are unable to attend.
Term 3 2023:
Monday 17th July through to Thursday 21st September
(Term 3, 10 weeks.)
Term 4 2023:
Monday 9th October through to Thursday 7th December (Term 4, 9 weeks.)
Classes in Te Aroha on Monday 23rd October (Labour Day) will be postponed and held on Friday 27th October instead. Class times and location will remain the same. NO REFUNDS will be granted if students are unable to attend.