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TAPAC was created by the community for the community. It is the product of a long term commitment from a core group of dedicated Aucklanders with a passion for the performing arts.

The idea for TAPAC was born in the late 1980s, as the Performing Arts School of NZ under the Artistic Direction of Jo Kelly, accelerated in capacity and demand.   Unitec’s Screen and Performing Arts Department evolved to fulfil some of this need, but it was decided that the community also needed its own performing arts school – somewhere that catered for all levels of expertise, from established professionals to emerging artists and community groups.

Performing arts stalwarts Jo Kelly, Wendy Preston MNZM and Maggie Eyre drove this vision forward. In the late 90’s, they were joined by artist Barbara Ward, who helped TAPAC find a home in the grounds of Western Springs College.  WSC’S Principal, the late Ken Havill, lent his support to the project. 

Together they lobbied potential stakeholders and investors for a shared community space where performing artists could rehearse, perform, learn and connect with other like-minded creatives.

  • Western Springs Branch

    100 Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland

Courses offered by TAPAC


Singing & Songwriting (11-16 Years)

practical and engaging course for students who want to learn the art of writing and performing their own songs.


West Coast Social Dancing

West Coast is a true lead follow dance style where the lead combines simple patterns to dance to any popular song.


Kathak Dance (Ages 5-14)

The word Kathak is derived from the Sanskrit word Katha, which means story. This dance involves using body movements and expressions to narrate stories.


Flamenco Dance (Teens & Adults)

Discover the magic of fiery Flamenco in this fun and friendly programme for teens and adults.


Beginners Belly Dance (16+ years)

Belly Dancing is a form of exercise with graceful dance moves and beautiful feminine creativity based on the folkloric and performance dance styles of the Middle East.


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