Discover your Talent!




'At RAPA Dance we believe in nurturing young talent and creating dancers and performers who can express themselves in an individual way so they are confident and bright performers.

We are here to guide and train your child to a professional and high standard both in the ISTD syllabus and with freestyle classes whether it be for sheer enjoyment or for a career in dance and the Performing Arts, keeping their excitement and love for what they do intact.

We provide opportunities to create their own work and extend their choreographic ideas, setting themselves apart from the rest.' Want to get ready for that 'BIG AUDITION'? We are here to guide you and have had ex pupils successfully audition for London and UK  Colleges to further their career in dance and the performing arts.


Emma Webster Cronk is the Principal of RAPA Dance and trained locally in Eastbourne. She went on to train at the world known Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom. 

Emma's love for dance and performing Arts started at a very young age. She gained her teaching qualifications and Diploma in Musical Theatre at Laine Theatre Arts and went on to perform for nearly 10 years around the world with the world famous company 'SPIRIT OF THE DANCE' both in their Irish and Broadway shows.

Emma has apperared and Assisted in many Pantomimes over her career, been fortunate to work with many amazing choreographers and directors and understudied and played the Fairy in the Pantomime at The Royal Derngate Theatre, Northampton.

Having been a professional dancer for many years Emma's experience and knowledge in the world of Dance and Performing Arts shines through in the training you will receive at RAPA Dance.

RAPA Dance is part of the Ratton Academy of Performing Arts founded in 2011 by Mark Adams (The Rattonians), Debbie and Alex Adams, (Trapdoor Theatre School, Trapdoor Productions, Royal Hippodrome Community Theatre ) providing opportunities to young people in Eastbourne.

'Discover Your Talent!'

Dance Festivals

At RAPA we take part in numerous dance and singing festivals over the course of the year. Usually Eastbourne, Hastings, Roedean and East Grinstead.

The children learn a dance - or 7 -  of their chosen genres, practise and perfect it in their private lessons with their teacher and at home and then compete in some of the friendliest festivals.

We love the camaraderie between the children and the other dance schools and the children's confidence grows year in year out.

They are not compulsory but the children absolutely love them.  We also love duet and group work too.

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RAPA Easter Irish School 

The RAPA Irish Easter School is in it's 4th Year and going from strength to strength. 

From ages 7+ for 3 days with a performance.

We are hoping to be able to run the event in October as it had to be cancelled due to Covid-19.

We are so fortunate to have 3 amazing Irish teachers from the profession and we welcome them each year to deliver a fantastic opportunity to learn Irish from some of the best in the business.

Emma and Joe toured the world with the award winning Show 'Spirit of the Dance' and The Wonderful Matt Smith is Irish lead in Lord of the Dance, trained by Mr Michael Flatley himself.

We really are spoilt for amazing teachers.

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RAPA Bi-Annual Dance Show 

TBC 2021 



This year will see RAPA Dance's 3rd Bi-Annual Show. To be held at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne.

Come and see the all the children perform a number of show dances from lots of different dance genres including some Musicals, Hip Hop, Contemporary, ballet and even our wonderful Adult Rapa Tappers.

From children as young as 2yrs old, this is truly a great way to spend your Sunday.

'Discover Your Talent'

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RAPA Workshops & Guest


We have lots of Guest Teachers visit us at RAPA for Summer Schools and one off workshops.


Carl Tracey - Nick JNR

Tap Attack

Danielle Cato - CATS -  Via 'Zoom' due  to Covid-19

Anu Ogumenfun - Mary Poppins/Tina, 'The Musical'

Tom Audibert - 42nd Street

Star Bray - 'Starring Vocals'

Kate Morris - Chicago