DO ATTENDEES OF NZSD PUBLIC EVENTS, PROGRAMMES AND PERFORMANCES REQUIRE A CURRENT COVID-19 VACCINE CERTIFICATE?
The School hosts programmes (such as Scholars, Associates and CIP), performances and other events that are open to the public. The current COVID-19 Framework places restrictions on how venues such Te Whaea: National Dance and Drama Centre (Te Whaea, the venue) may accommodate public events such as these.
Please click here to read our full COVID-19 policy and protocols.
WHEN ARE YOUR FULL-TIME AUDITIONS AND WOULD YOU ACCEPT SOMEONE MID-YEAR?
We hold auditions for the NZSD full-time course in September/October in New Zealand and Australia. These auditions are for entry to the School in January of the following year. International students and applicants unable to attend an audition may apply by video audition. We do not accept students mid-year How to Apply
WHAT WILL I BE REQUIRED TO DANCE AT THE AUDITION?
At the audition for our full-time course, everyone participates in a classical technique class (with pointe work for the women) and a contemporary technique class More about the audition
HOW CAN I AUDITION IF I LIVE OUTSIDE NZ OR AUSTRALIA?
International students and applicants unable to audition in person may apply by video audition. Applicants accepted on the evidence of a video audition are only offered entry to the School on a provisional basis. There is a fee for auditioning by video.
WHAT AGE ARE STUDENTS AT THE SCHOOL?
Students are usually 16 to 18 years old when entering the full-time course. Exceptions may be made during the audition process. Scholars are selected at 10 years old and Associates are usually aged 13 – 16.
WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FULL-TIME COURSE?
Preference will be given to students who have attained NCEA Level 1 (Yr 11 NZ or Yr 10 Australia) and who have reached a level in classical ballet equivalent to RAD Advanced 1 (IDTA Advanced level 1, BBO Advanced 1, Cecchetti Advanced 1, BAL Intermediate). Students are required to have good conversational English to study at the School. Students who have a level of English lower than B1 of the CEFR must undertake an English language course before arriving at the School. How to Apply
DO I NEED TO UNDERSTAND ENGLISH TO STUDY AT THE SCHOOL?
All classes are taught in English and students need to understand conversational English to study at the School. International students must undertake an English language course before arriving at the School if their level of English is lower than B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR): Students “Can Understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure
HOW DO I APPLY?
Admission to the New Zealand School of Dance is by audition only. Application forms for the full-time course will be available from the How To Apply page once applications open mid-year. For information on applying to other NZSD programmes such as Associates, Scholars or Winter School please visit
WHEN WILL WE FIND OUT THE RESULTS OF THE AUDITION?
We will aim to contact all applicants before the end of October by email.
WHAT ARE THE TUITION FEES?
Annual tuition fees for the New Zealand School of Dance are on the following pages: Domestic Student Fee and International Student Fee. Students from New Zealand, Australia, Niue, the Cook Islands
CAN I GET A SCHOLARSHIP OR FINANCIAL AID?
A small number of scholarships are available to help students with the cost of full-time training. They are offered on the basis of merit and financial hardship. Students will be considered for scholarships only upon acceptance to the School.
CAN I GET A STUDENT LOAN OR ALLOWANCE?
New Zealand students can apply for a New Zealand government funded student loan and student allowance. Permanent residents and Australian citizens will be subject to a
WHAT DANCE STYLES DOES THE SCHOOL TEACH?
HOW MANY STUDENTS DOES THE SCHOOL HAVE?
The number of students varies from year to year. There are usually between 70 and 90 over the three years of the full-time course. An average first year consists of approximately 25 dancers.
HOW MANY HOURS DO STUDENTS DANCE?
A typical day for students on the full-time course begins at 8.30am and finishes at 6.00pm. Students should expect to be dancing for at least 25 hours per week for 40 weeks of the year.
HOW MUCH PERFORMING WILL I DO?
The focus in your first year at the School will be on the principles of classical ballet and contemporary dance technique, not on performance. First year students are able to perform in the end-of-term studio performances and may be selected for other performance opportunities throughout the year. Students in their second and third years will have opportunities to perform in professionally presented productions such as the School’s Choreographic Season and Graduation Season.
WHAT ARE THE EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS FOR GRADUATES?
Around 75% percent of
WHERE IS THE SCHOOL LOCATED?
The New Zealand School of Dance is in Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand, also known as the ‘Arts Capital’. The performing Arts facility Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre houses the School. Map and directions
DOES THE SCHOOL OFFER OPEN CLASSES?
Yes, NZSD offers both classical and contemporary open classes designed for those aspiring to full-time training. These occur on Saturday mornings throughout the year. In addition, the School has a series of aspirational and public programmes which are open to students not enrolled full-time. These include Adult Ballet classes, Winter School (for grade 5 and over), Associates(aged 13-16) and Scholars (from age 10).