AHA Award Winners

AHA Award Winners

The 2019 Alana Haines Australasian Awards (AHA Awards) were held over the Easter weekend, Thursday 18 – Monday 22 April, at the Opera House Wellington, New Zealand. The competition, which is held biennially, saw 600 Australasian contestants competing for prizes totaling $460,000 cash and scholarship awards, including recipient airfares paid by the AHA Awards. Scholarships are sponsored by international dance schools from UK, USA, Canada, Europe and Australasia, and the event is judged by an international jury. Seven NZSD full-time classical ballet students recently participated in the prestigious Alana Haines Australasian Awards. In…continue reading →
NZSD Foundation offers its first full-fee scholarship

NZSD Foundation offers its first full-fee scholarship

The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) recently held a special event honouring the Inaugural Patrons of the New Zealand School of Dance Foundation At the event the Chair of Foundation, Andrew Stewart announced that the NZSD Foundation has offered its first full-fee scholarship for the 2019 academic year to contemporary dance student Franky Drousioti. The School expresses sincere gratitude goes to the inaugural patrons who have helped them to realise this vision. An honourary plaque has been placed outside Dance Studio 2 listing the names of the generous donors. If you'd like…continue reading →
Scholarship available for a male dancer in NZSD’s Scholars programme

Scholarship available for a male dancer in NZSD’s Scholars programme

The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) and the Royal Academy of Dance's (RAD) Project B are proud to announce a new available scholarship for an aspiring male dancer wishing to take part in the 2019 NZSD Scholars programme. The scholarship is a new initiative created by both organisations to assist talented young male dancers who wish to extend their training. The underlying criteria for the scholarship supports male applicants aged 10-16 who would not otherwise be able to afford this extra training. The value of the sponsorship is $600.00, which covers annual…continue reading →
Celebrating 20 years of directorship at NZSD

Celebrating 20 years of directorship at NZSD

In 2018, we acknowledge Garry Trinder’s 20-year anniversary as Director of the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD). Garry began his directorship with the New Zealand School of Dance on 15 January 1998. Over his twenty-year tenure, Garry has extended the School’s professional training reputation globally including forging relationships with acclaimed international classical ballet competitions and exchange programmes with top dance training schools. “There has been no ‘one moment’ that makes me feel gratified to be the School’s director, rather a series of moments where I see successful alumni of the School realise…continue reading →
New Zealand School of Dance Launches Foundation

New Zealand School of Dance Launches Foundation

Building on a legacy of 50 years at the forefront of dance training in New Zealand, the New Zealand School of Dance Foundation supports the vision of lifting up the dancers of tomorrow. "The New Zealand School of Dance can shape lives. Each day we continue to give the students our love and support as they go from strength to strength. We welcome you to join us as the School enters a new era and the beginning of the next 50 years" - Garry Trinder MNZm, Director New Zealand School of Dance The…continue reading →
Reunion and Events for 50th Anniversary

Reunion and Events for 50th Anniversary

This year we celebrate 50 years since the School was established in 1967. Many people have shared its journey and contributed to personal and collective achievements. As Garry Trinder said in his speech on the anniversary, 6 March 2017; "We know that the New Zealand School of Dance can shape lives... The passing of the baton happens constantly. The rich tradition continues in the studio through every step, every phrase, every variation, every muscle twitch. It is the lifeblood through which this art form is fed." We invite all with a connection to…continue reading →

Book Launched as part of 50th Birthday Celebrations

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. Purchase the book The book represents an impressive collaborative achievement. Award-winning book designer Neil Pardington has worked…continue reading →

International dancer/choreographer James O’Hara joins the team

Distinguished international performer, teacher and choreographer James O'Hara has accepted a full-time role at the NZSD as a contemporary dance tutor. ‘I’m so happy to be immersed in this wonderfully engaged and supportive environment, sharing with these immensely creative, curious and talented young people every day. Full of personality and with a unique identity, NZSD is quite the inspiring home.’ - James O’Hara Originally from Fremantle, Western Australia, James has worked with renowned companies around the world with his recent career based largely in Europe. James began his career as a member of…continue reading →

Ballet Foundation Supports Aspiring Young Dancers

The Ballet Foundation of New Zealand has announced it will be providing support for the New Zealand School of Dance’s 2017 Associates Programme. This national programme provides tuition for secondary school students who aspire to a career in dance performance. Students are chosen by audition, and the programme is free of charge, ensuring access is based on talent rather than the ability to pay. Associates travel to Wellington for four weekends of tuition at the School each year. This year 65 promising young dancers from across New Zealand, Warkworth to Invercargill, are taking…continue reading →

Help us Celebrate 50 Years

To mark the School’s historic 50th anniversary in 2017 we will be publishing a collector’s book of highlights, honouring alumni, choreographers and teachers who have passed through the School and played a significant role in shaping this country's dance culture. We offer you the opportunity to support this stunning publication, designed by award winning book designer Neil Pardington, written by Turid Revfeim, and lavishly illustrated with photographs by Stephen A’Court. Your gift will help us realise this project and share our extraordinary history. Donate now How We Acknowledge Your Support We welcome donations…continue reading →