Book Launched as part of 50th Birthday Celebrations

06 March 2017

The anniversary celebrations for the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD), previously known as the National School of Ballet, begin with the publication of a book.

Launched at the National Library of New Zealand as the School turned 50 on 6 March 2017, the limited edition book is a stunning collector’s item. It highlights alumni, choreographers and teachers, who have passed through the school and played a significant part in shaping New Zealand’s unique dance culture.

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The book represents an impressive collaborative achievement. Award-winning book designer Neil Pardington has worked with striking images by renowned photographer Stephen A’Court and historical photos from the School’s archives to create an illuminating portrait.

Written by NZSD graduate Turid Revfeim, a former soloist and Ballet Mistress with the Royal New Zealand Ballet and now tutor at the School, the book provides personal insight into the life of the School. ‘The training I received prepared me for a career dancing in Europe, as well as here with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, performing in both contemporary and classical works.’ said Turid.

Regardless of whether you have passed through the School’s doors as a student, teacher, or enthusiastic lover of dance, NZSD’s stunning new book uniquely celebrates an important and enduring part of our cultural history.

Available to libraries and schools through Wheelers and UBS


We thank our sponsors and supporters for helping us realise this project

Sponsors: Neil Pardington, Format Print and Stephen A’Court

Supporters: Tim & Fiona Arbuckle, Paul & Sheryl Baines, Fenella Bathfield Dobson, Monique van den Blink, Bushell Charitable Trust, Richard Chen See, The Emery Family, Peter and Margaret Fairhead (née Reese), Merenia Gray, Sandra Greig MNZM, Christine Hofkens, E.Prof Les Holborow, Rob Hole & Sue Batley, Sheryl Lowe, Penelope Ryder-Lewis of Bartlett Law, Judge Heather Simpson, Catherine Usher


Tickets are on sale now for the 50th Anniversary Graduation Season at the St James Theatre in Wellington on 24-25 November 2017