HARBOUR  PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE

 

 

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Where is Coffs Harbour      (PARADISE)

Coffs Harbour is located on  the north coast of New South Wales, Australia, (the red dot marks the spot). If you are  from overseas, our region has beautiful beaches and a climate to match. If you are driving  through Coffs, you may recall  the Big Banana on the northern side of the city, lovely beaches and  whale watching  at the right time of the year.  

 

 

 

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How to find the school

The  HPAC studios are located  in Keona Circuit on the southern side of the city. Turn into North Boambee Road, then first left, then  right  at the T section onto Keona Circuit. We are  about 100 metres further  on the right side.  Itís a  large double story building and is well signed.

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School History (far from completed)

Harbour Performing Arts Centre as it is now known has had a long and colourful history in Coffs Harbour.  I have a former mother  to thank for this information which has now got me started. Lara thank you! Lara was the Principal of the "Lara Garner Dancers'  until 1989.

In fact when Francesca   took over  in 2007  we thought the school  might  have been ten to twelve years old. Let me reassure you, I was wrong ! The school can be traced back to the 1970's. WOW ! and the  principal at that time was Val Jenkins.  In about 1980 Toni Allen took over. Her studio was  in Duke Street where a community hall existed.  The school in the earlier days followed the Checetti ballet syllabus. Today we follow the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus. (RAD)

 Kate Barber owned the school from approximately 1996 and the ballet syllabus  changed to R.A.D.  and  the studios were located upstairs in the  Jetty shopping village. Jacqueline Hoole was the next principal moving the school to its present location in Keona Circuit.

 

 

 

 

PRINCIPALS

197?- 1980: Val Jenkins- ?

1980-1985: Toni Allen-  Toni Allen School of Dance

1985-1995: Louise Condon- Coffs Harbour Dance Studio

1996-2002: Kate Barber- Coffs Harbour Dance Studio

2002-2006: Jacqueline  Hoole- Dancestar

from 2007: Francesca Montanaro-  Harbour Performing Arts Centre

 

 

FORMER STUDENTS

It would be  a long list. If you have the time and would like to send me any photos, testimonials and or  accounts of your time at the school and what you are  doing now  and I will be  only be so happy to publish your information on the web here. 

Cassie Lee: from the "So you think you can dance",  2008 TV show  spent some time at the school  with Kate Barber.

Meredith Wilson : Top 100 'Do you think you can dance' 2009

John Sandurski : Danced in Europe with leading companies and is now teaching in Brisbane. Now a popular visiting guest teacher at HPAC.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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