Our 2019/20 curriculum



Students of Musical Theatre at  FAPA will take part in Drama, Dance and Singing. Classes include warm ups, games, dance styles, dance technique, singing and acting for musical theatre working towards performing in 2 shows every year!
We are very proud of all our students who train with us and we encourage hard work and determination.
Our classes will build confidence, develop skills, encourage new friendships and most of all have great fun!

A fantastic fun class for pre school children incorporating dance, song and mime, Pre School Musical Theatre will bring out the little dancer within! This class will also help encourage confidence and working alongside other children in a fun and exciting environment.

In the class sessions with younger children, the tutor will focus on making them fun but educational. Rhythm is introduced through clapping and teach traditional songs concentrating on pitch, tone and diction. As the children and young people progress, we use various vocal warm up techniques and material from musical theatre shows and current pop songs to teach harmonies and performance techniques.



An energetic, fun and imaginative class containing games and sequences to help develop a young students dance skills from early on

Our Ballet classes are set to music using precise and highly formalised set steps, exercises and gestures. We teach Ballet as it gives us the best grounding for every other dance style. It gives us a strong core, good posture, turnout and musicality.
Ballet is magical, exciting and also fun.

Contemporary dance incorporates many different styles of dance such as ballet, jazz and modern but was created mainly by a mix of ballet and modern. Contemporary has strong and controlled legwork that is similar to that of ballet. Unlike ballet, it involves improvisation and versatility, instead of the structured ways of ballet.
Also, contemporary puts a lot of stress on the torso, along with contact and release and floor work. Along with ballet, contemporary gives a great grounding for all other dance styles!

In terms of dance, Jazz is an umbrella term that can refer to several related dance styles. All of the styles are connected via shared Jazz technique and the students cover a range of these styles.
Let’s jeté and pirouette ourselves into fantastic Jazz dancers!

When people talk about commercial dance it encompasses a wide range of styles. It refers to dancing done in concerts, live shows, music videos, movies, etc. The styles that are seen in the commercial category include; hip hop, jazz, locking, popping, street and many more. Generally speaking, commercial dance is for feel good entertainment. Commercial dance is great for hopeful dancing professionals!

In these classes we get our groove on and learn the fundamentals that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking, locking, popping and waacking

Physical theatre is used to describe any type of performance that tells a story through primarily and secondarily physical movement and performance. A combination of dance and theatre, physical theatre will teach you how to portray emotion through movement.

Dancing in heels has taken the world by storm, dancers and non-dancers alike have fallen in love with the sass and fierceness of the style. This class will unlock your inner Beyoncé, and teach you how to dance and strut like you never knew you could! Open to all (aged 15+), this class has a very supportive and encouraging environment, yet will push you to learn new and exciting styles.

MetaFit is a 30 minute HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout. Formed by a former Royal Marine Commando and an international gymnast in 2010, Metafit is the original group X HIIT workout. 30 minute, non-choreographed, bodyweight only workouts that set the metabolism on fire. With each exercise having a range of versions, MetaFit is perfect for everybody! If you want to start getting your fitness up to scratch or if you want to maintain and improve your current fitness level!

No joining fee, no membership fee and only 30 minutes long!

In this class the students will train and prepare, in a range of dance styles, for competitions. There is an audition process, however the teachers look for potential not perfection! 

This class mainly focuses on developing Acro skills, incorporating tricks like flies and tumbles. This class will give you great skills for future auditions and jobs in the dance and performance world as Acro and Tricks become more popular

In the tap class you will increase your tap technique by looking at sustainable dance techniques, by increasing your tap rhythm abilities and by expanding your tap move repertoire from shuffles to time steps; from riffs to Suzie Qs!

In salsa class, students will develop their jazz technique with the rules of salsa in mind. Each class looks at an aspect of salsa technique and will include choreography to push students technique and musicality



Every week the students will explore various forms of musical theatre including script work and acting for modern and traditional musicals. in class we play games and build general skills that can be applied to musical theatre

Fapa Movie Makers is a new and exciting opportunity for students interested in Acting, Film making, Production and more.

For the first time Fapa is running a class which will focus on a great many aspects surrounding the production of a feature length film.

Students will have the chance to gain insight into both the production and onscreen side of film making.

We will be working as a team to produce a full length movie and our aim is to organise a film premiere.

Students will have a hand in devising, filming, costuming, finding props, recording sound effects, recording movie score and featuring in the film itself.

HNC Professional Dance Performance

full time programme tailored for those wishing to pursue a career in dance or those wishing to study musical theatre and need to improve their dance

The HNC Professional Dance Performance course will allow you to develop the necessary dance technique, performance and choreographic skills required for the Dance Industry as well as practical skills and logic required of Musical Theatre and Acting students.


The course is designed to help you build a prosperous dance technique and help you hone your singing, acting and fitness, to aid your future in the entertainment industry.


This highly practical, vocational qualification is aimed at students wishing to pursue a career in a variety of dance environments. Students on this programme can also expect to perform in front of current industry professionals during their time on the course, allowing them to engage and be seen to aid their future career.

You will study a wide variety of modules to ensure you have a diverse experience, equipping you for many progressions. All the lecturers on the Dance course are highly trained current performers with years of industry experience. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in live performances in public performance spaces.


The modules you will study are:

  • Ballet
  • Jazz
  • Commercial
  • Tap
  • Body Conditioning
  • Choreographic Skills
  • An Introduction to Performance and Production
  • Anatomy and Injury Prevention for Dancers
  • Singing Skills
  • Acting for Dancers
  • Professional Dance
  • Performance: Graded Unit

Progression from this qualification is varied due to the fantastic and diverse programme of modules covered within the course. Students can expect to go on to further study within the fields of Dance, Musical Theatre, Acting and Performing Arts at Drama School or University.


Some exceptional students may find themselves industry-ready and some students may change direction moving forward with a wealth of experience, self and social-awareness.

Entry is by audition only. This will enable the lecturers to gain a realistic understanding of your suitability for the course and the physical demands expected.


At least one pass at Higher level is recommended, but not essential. You must have previous dance experience to access this course.

HNC Professional Dance Performance


Fife Academy Performing Arts, The Studio, Pilmuir Street, Dunfermline, KY12 7AJ


1 Academic Year, consisting of 19 hours over 4 days per week, 36 weeks per year

Our Staff

All FAPA staff are qualified professionals with previous teaching and performance experience

Calum Campbell

Head of Musical Theatre

Calum has been involved in amateur dramatics for the past 10 years. After studying music performance in Edinburgh, Calum took on the role as director for Linlithgow Amateur Musical Productions Youth Theatre and still works with them to the current day producing musicals such as Les Miserables and Barnum.

Calum graduated from Summer Hall in Edinburgh with a Diploma in physical theatre and has worked all over the UK as a full time professional actor, director and workshop facilitator.

Some of his work includes; directing for Physical Theatre Scotland on their commonwealth games project for the National Theatre of Scotland, acting for Theatre In Education schools tours in Yorkshire and direction of countless societies and childrens theatres across the central belt.

His most recent work was featuring in a BBC documentary "Falkirk Cowboys" 

Calum is also The National Operatic and Dramatic Association Youth Advisor for Scotland.

Kara Hudson

Head of Dance

Kara has been dancing since the age of 8, going on to study Professional Dance Performance at college and graduate with a HND. During this time she has studied Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical Jazz, Commercial, Hip-Hop, Tap and Ballroom. She has a range of exams from U.K.A and S.D.T.A along with her other dance qualifications.

Since graduating, Kara has worked across the UK and USA as a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher. This includes, but is not limited to, performing and leading professional classes to teaching in local schools for children with additional support needs.

Kara continues to take class to remain fresh and up-to-date in the industry, so she can keep her teaching new and exciting for all of her students. Dance and performance is Kara's main passion in life and she loves teaching and shaping students into future performers!

Robert Hogg

Movie Makers

Robert is a film co-ordinator based in Glasgow. He trained as an actor at Dundee college and achieved an HND in acting and performance. During his college career he studied many dramatic forms and performance techniques which he uses still to benefit him in his filmmaking. 
Robert is especially interested in directing, creating and devising new work, enjoys writing script, working with a camera, editing film and having fun in the process. 
Robert has also undertaken several courses in filmmaking, has devised, written, captured and edited many films of his own and as part of a team and has also worked as an on camera actor. 
Monday nights are fast becoming Robert's favourite night of the week, working with the Fapa students and the whole team to deliver courses which are inclusive, challenging, inspirational and fun.

Paul Distefano


Paul Distefano is an American trained contemporary, modern dancer.

He received his formal training at The Joffrey Ballet School Of New York. From the Joffrey he was able to dance and train under such notable people as Gelsey Kirkland, Alexandre Proia and Max Stone. After his studies were completed he was invited to join Pilobolus Dance Theater. This would last for the next five years. With Pilobolus Paul toured around the world, performing their show ShadowLand. During that time he also taught movement for Pilobolus at Southern Connecticut University, and various magnet art schools. When he wasn’t working for Pilobolus he ventured into short term dance projects and film, as well as teaching in Denmark, Switzerland, and New York. After leaving Pilobolus, Paul moved to Los Angeles, where he started focusing on the commercial side of the industry. In L.A. he was represented by BLOC TALENT AGENCY before moving across to M.S.A. who currently represent him. Paul is also represented by AMCK in London.

Amy Grieve

Musical Theatre

Amy graduated from The Glasgow Academy of Musical Theatre Arts in 2013. From there she began working professionally in the industry, moving to London to begin teaching and choreographing pantos and musicals alongside performing.
Since moving to Falkirk, Amy has gained extensive experience and credits teaching across Scotland. Most recently for Macrobert Arts Centre (Dance Artist), Children's Theatre Bo'Ness (Choreographer), LAMP Children's Theatre (Assistant Choreographer), CSSPA (Dance Tutor), Barony Youth Theatre (Youth Director), KYDS Essex (Choregrapher), OYCI Drama (Drama Tutor).
Whilst balancing a busy teaching career she still performs professionally throughout the year, most recently in RC Kelly's pantomime production of 'Cinderella' and 'Sleeping Beauty' the previous year. Amy has been dancing for 'S Club' at Scotfest the past 3 years and has recently taken on the role of 'Baby Spice' in Spice World the Tribute currently touring Scotland.
Amy Is thrilled to be teaching at FAPA and is excited to be teaching the Dance side of Musical Theatre.

Daniel Schlordt

Musical Theatre

Daniel is a Scottish singer, musical theatre performer, dancer and vocal expert who, after years of studying singing under renowned vocal coaches Catherine Baker, Steven Luke Walker and Gillyanne Kayes, graduated from the Guildford School of Acting with a Masters Degree in Musical Theatre, class of 2014. 

From a small town in central Scotland, Daniel grew up on a farm before moving to London to study Musical Theatre. Daniel has performed in the west end at The Savoy theatre, The Criterion theatre and Opera Holland Park as well as in numerous musical tours, films and concerts across the country. Working with Cameron Mackintosh, Bill Kenright and Cambridge Arts Theatre to name but a few production companies and with superstars from all aspects of the performance industry including Leona Lewis. Daniel’s favourite performance was when he played a principle role in the European Premiere of the musical; Lysistrata Jones and when performing as Shrek, The Stage newspaper wrote;

“As if to prove that it isn't all about bravado, Daniel Cummins gives an equally powerful performance of Who I'd Be. Quietly insistent throughout, Cummins imbibes the show with character and gets the moral across with conviction."

Daniel is now a lecturer at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as one of their Singing Specialists and teaches dance, singing and acting freelance across Southern Scotland. 

Further Information

All staff at the academy are qualified professionals with previous teaching and performance experience and undergo Disclosure Scotland checks before resuming work to ensure your child’s safety and a high standard of tuition within the school.

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