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Foreword from

Carly Hopkinson-Paoli

“One thing I think DTA is tremendously successful at is providing students with stage experience”

What can I say about my time spent at Directions Theatre Arts- it is where some of my fondest memories were created.

From an early age I lived and breathed music. My training led me to study at some of the UKs most prestigious performing arts and music conservatories, but the building blocks of stage craft and my confidence as a performer were laid at DTA.

During my time at the school I took part in many great productions, and all shows were staged in professional theatres with a paying audience and reviewed by local newspapers. This meant we were responsible as performers to a public audience who had paid good money to see us- and gave me invaluable stage experience.

Looking back this experience was priceless.

As I moved into the classical musical world my time on stage often put me head and shoulders above my contempararies. It is a quality that continues to stand out in DTA students today. They always look so comfortable on stage and ooze professionalism.

Its no secret the music industry is one of the most brutal professions, where coping with rejection is vital to a performer and was one of the earliest lessons I was taught at DTA. Not just how to accept rejection but more importantly how to pick yourself up and have the determination to succeed.

Its not always easy. But the incredible support from the teachers and students at DTA never failed to spur me on and gave me the drive to keep going and never give up.


Carly Hopkinson-Paoli


Geoff, Julie & Team share my philosophy knowing…
‘The Harder You Work the Luckier You Get’.

I’m delighted to have the opportunity to sing the praises of Directions Theatre Arts. Since collborating with Geoff & Julie some time ago on a charity show for a local school I have been constantly impressed by the dedication, hard work and professionalism that is the trademark of the Directions Theatre Arts concept. By delivering the ‘Complete Package’ time after time, DTA always guarantee total satisfaction of managements and 100% enjoyment to audiences across the land. Finally the talent they have produced is awesome

I have been lucky during my career to have worked alongside some of the biggest stars in Musical Theatre and can say, hand on heart that the boys and girl students of DTA would hold their own in any company. Their skills and confidence gained by being taught by the right people in the right environment will stand them in good stead where ever they go. May I wish DTA the very best of luck in the future and I say that Geoff, Julie & Team share my philosophy knowing…The Harder You Work the Luckier You Get’.

Bernie Clifton, 2007


Julie M. Cox F.I.D.T.A. & Geoff Cox

Directions Theatre Arts was founded in 1994 by Julie M. Cox F.I.D.T.A. a qualified dance teacher and her husband Geoff Cox a musician. DTA covers all aspects of Musical Theatre tuition DANCE, DRAMA and SINGING for social achievement, professional contracts and the teaching profession. Former DTA students have gone on to perform on Cruise Ships (COSTA CRUISES, FRED OLSEN, mv DISCOVERY, P&O, OCEAN VILLAGE, CARNIVAL & PRINCESS) plus and in the West End musicals MAMMA MIA, EVITA, GREASE, HEAVEN SENT to name a few and plays such as DINNER LADIES UK Tour. Other pupils at DTA have used their experiences to assist with their confidence and character building.

DTA is recognised by The Council for Dance Education & Training (CDET) and adhere to their nine codes of professional practice. All teachers are fully qualified and hold a current enhanced CRB disclosures and work to a policy of ATTITUDE: to be positive, ABILITY: to bring out the best in each individual, AMBITION: helping to nurture dreams whilst being realistic.


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