New Zealand School of DanceCourse

Certificate in Dance Performance
Diploma in Dance Performance


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 New Zealand School of Dancearound 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 75-85 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 contemporary 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 James O'Hara plus international guest teachers throughout the year.


Auditions will be held in the following locations in:
Date: Saturday 29 September 2018
Venue: Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Rd, Newtown, Wellington 6021
Date: Monday 1 October 2018 
Venue: Tanya Pearson Academy and The Sydney City Youth Ballet Company, 75 Chandos St. St Leonards, NSW 2064 Australia
Date: Tuesday 2 October 2018
Venue: Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, 57 Miles Street, Southbank 3006, Melbourne
Date: Thursday 4 October 2018 
Venue: ADPI / Brisbane Dance Centre, 31-33 Collingwood Street, Albion Qld 4010


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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