New Zealand School of DanceCourse

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


Course Details

The full-time tertiary programmes 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.

New Zealand School of Dance
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).


Main Subjects
Classical ballet, contemporary dance. Allied subjects: nutrition, yoga, pilates, anatomy, music and 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.

Main Teachers
Garry Trinder (director), Paula Steeds-Huston, Christine Gunn, Qi Huan, Victoria Colombus, Nadine Tyson, Turid Revfeim, Sarah Fitzsimons and Gina Andrews plus international guest teachers throughout the year.


Auditions will be held in the following locations in:

Date:  Saturday, 28 September 2019 
Venue:  Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre
11 Hutchison Road, Newtown, Wellington  6021, New Zealand
Date:  Tuesday, 1 October 2019
Venue:  Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS)
57 Miles Street, Southbank  3006, Melbourne, Australia
Date:  Thursday, 3 October 2019
Venue:  ADPI/ Brisbane Dance Centre
31-33 Collingwood Street, Albion, Queensland  4010, Australia
Date:  Saturday, 5 October 2019
Venue:  National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)
215 Anzac Parade, Kensington  2033, New South Wales, Australia


Apply to audition before 2 September at


Phone +64 4 381 9252


Postal address:

New Zealand School of Dance

PO Box 7146

Wellington 6242

New Zealand



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