The School

The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) is one of the Southern Hemisphere's leading dance training institutions, preparing students for careers in professional dance performance.

Established in 1967, and celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017, the NZSD has an international reputation. It is known for producing versatile and employable dancers, skilled in classical ballet and contemporary dance. The School's unique training develops qualities that meet the needs of the dance profession while extending the boundaries of the art form.

The architecturally designed, purpose built facilities are located in Wellington, New Zealand. Around eighty gifted young dancers study full-time at the School. In recent years this has included students from around New Zealand, the Asia/Pacific region and further afield. An impressive faculty of teaching staff, choreographers, and international guest tutors assist students to achieve two or three-year qualifications in dance performance.

Most graduates enter careers in dance performance, around 75% of students gaining contracts within six months of graduating. Former students have gone on to make significant contributions to dance, leading outstanding careers and dancing with top companies around the world.

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