Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Positive Performing Arts Method ®?

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Who started the Positive Performing Arts Method ®?

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How is the Positive Performing Arts Method ® different from traditional after-school Performing Arts schools?

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How big are class sizes?

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How expensive is it to join?

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How do I pay?

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Can my child join if they have learning challenges?

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Can my child join the 11-13 age group if they haven’t done the previous level?

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Are parents allowed to stay and watch the class?

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Where do I park my car when I bring my child to class?

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When do 2022 classes start?

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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, Cambridge and Hamilton, NZ.

Who started the Positive Performing Arts Method ®?

Rebekah Robertson. 

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, February 2022, Hamilton Musical Theatre.

Her next project will be Blood Brothers (HMT) as choreographer, due to be onstage in May, 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!

How big are class sizes?
PPAM class sizes are deliberately small to encourage a classroom environment that feels like a close knit whānau.

How expensive is it to join?

Our fees are competitive to make our classes accessible as possible. 

Term 1, 2022 fees:

  • Tamariki classes for ages 7 and under are 40 minutes -  $88 payable at the start of the term (as there are 8 weeks in Term 1, 2022, the cost is $11 per lesson.) 

  • Tamariki classes for ages 8 and up are 50 mins - $96 payable at the start of the term  (as there are 8 weeks in Term 1, 2022, the cost is $12 per lesson.) 

  • Adults classes are 1 hour - $104 payable at the start of the term OR Casual attendance fee is $17 per lesson - payable on the day (as there are 8 weeks in Term 1, 2022, the cost is $13 per lesson or $17 if you pay casually.)

To view our fees page click here.

How do I pay?
You can pay via internet banking or via purchasing the term fee on our website with your credit or debit card.

To view our fees page click here.

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.

Can my child join the 11-13 age group if they haven’t done the previous level?
Yes! Your child is welcome to join at any time.

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! Please note that PPAM is following NZ Government regulations regarding Covid-19. Adults and children 12 years old and over will be required to sign in with the Covid-19 tracer app and show their vaccine pass upon entering the premises. If the parent/caregiver dropping the student off at classes cannot present a valid vaccine pass, then they will not be allowed to enter the premises. At levels Red and Orange, masks are encouraged but not compulsory during class time for students and teachers. All adults and children 12 years old and over who are observing classes must wear a face covering when inside the premises unless they are medically exempt. All family members and caregivers must be quiet and respectful when observing classes.

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?
Classes begin on Monday 21st February. There are 8 weeks in our Term 1.
To view our timetable page click here.
To read more about how the Positive Performing Arts Method ® was created, click here.