A dance teacher will face court on Thursday charged over the alleged sexual abuse of students in Port Stephens.

In March detectives from Port Stephen-Hunter Police District began investigating reports of inappropriate behaviour by the dance teacher towards a number of students.

The 27-year-old was arrested on Wednesday and charged with 12 offences, including three counts of aggravated indecent assault-victim under authority under, three counts of indecent assault person under 16 years of age, aggravated sex assault- victim under the age of 16 years, aggravated sex assault- victim under authority of offender, assault with act of indecency, common assault, sexual intercourse reckless as to consent (ACT not NSW) and sexual intercourse with person under care (aged between 17 and 18).

Police will alleged the man sexually abused four students and a girl, aged between 12 and 17, who were known to him between 2013 and 2019.

The man from Corlette, was refused bail to appear at Raymond Terrace Local Court on Thursday.