New Zealand School of Dance

PO Box 7146, Wellington 6242 New Zealand
+64 4 381 9252

New Zealand School of Dance

New Zealand Diploma in Dance (Level 6)
New Zealand School of Dance Diploma in Dance Performance (Level 7)

Wellington ⏤ 28th September 2019, National Dance & Drama Centre, Wellington
Melbourne ⏤ 1st October 2019, Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS), Southbank
Brisbane ⏤ 3rd October 2019, ADPI/ Brisbane Dance Centre, Albion
Sydney ⏤ 5th October 2019, National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Kensington

Applications for audition close 2nd September 2019.

The full-time tertiary programs offered by the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) are aimed at developing the qualities essential for professional dancers: strong technique, musicality, coordination and dedication to the art form. NZSD students major in either classical ballet or contemporary dance, but maintain a strong base in their minor discipline.

The NZSD has an outstanding faculty of dance teaching staff. Guest tutors from around the world and specialists in anatomy, dance history, sports medicine, nutrition, physiotherapy, strength and conditioning, yoga and pilates round out the holistic training.

The School’s impressive purpose built facilities house five dance studios, a 160 seat theatre, specialist performing arts library, pilates/GYROTONIC® and physiotherapy rooms. Students have full access to a state-of-the-art gym with personal trainer and hostel accommodation.

The NZSD is Official School of the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Excellent secondment opportunities are available through the School’s relationships with leading ballet and contemporary dance companies around the world.

NZSD has between 85-100 full-time students and in addition, runs aspirational programmes for younger dancers. NZSD is funded by the Ministry of Education through the Tertiary Education Commission and is registered with the NZ Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

Classical Ballet & Contemporary Dance. Allied subjects: Nutrition, Yoga, Pilates, Anatomy, Music & Dance History. For Classical majors – pas de deux, repertoire, pointe, virtuosic coaching and stretch. For Contemporary majors – partnering, improvisation, repertoire, yoga and choreography. Students perform in a choreographic season and end-of-year graduation season.

Garry Trinder (Director & Head of Classical Ballet), Paula Steeds-Huston (Head of Contemporary Dance), Christine Gunn, Qi Huan, Victoria Colombus, Nadine Tyson, Turid Revfeim, Sarah Fitzsimons and Gina Andrews plus international guest teachers throughout the year.

“The New Zealand School of Dance was the final step I took in committing myself to a career in ballet and I put myself in very good hands. Of the many schools I’ve seen, few can match what NZSD offers to its dancers.”Harrison James (classical ballet major graduate) now Principal with The National Ballet of Canada

“My time at the New Zealand School of Dance was phenomenally rich and full of personal and artistic growth. This was only made possible by the incredibly inspirational and passionate staff the School, who constantly encouraged me to push boundaries. They were all integral in building me into the artist I am today.” ⏤  Felix Sampson (contemporary dance major graduate) now with Dancenorth


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