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 →

Students On Tour With the Royal New Zealand Ballet

Six of our classical students recently enjoyed the privilege of touring with the Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB), dancing in venues all over New Zealand for their season of 'Giselle'. The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) is formally recognised as the 'Official School of the Royal New Zealand Ballet'. This relationship brings many benefits and recently a group of hardworking and talented students were selected to tour throughout New Zealand with our national ballet company. They danced to largely full audiences at each destination and fulfilled dreams of performing on opera house…continue reading →

Darcey Bussell Inspires

To launch the fundraising programme for the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) 50th anniversary celebrations in 2017 the School aimed high and hosted High Tea with Darcey Bussell. With the opportunity to sip tea alongside a true legend of dance, our 'High Tea with Darcey Bussell' always promised to be something special. The courtyard ambience of the NZSD plaza provided the backdrop, while striking vintage tea settings and elegant floral bouquets completed the scene. The mood was made festive with a string quartet, photos with Darcey, tutu display, activities for children, and…continue reading →

2015 Graduates Secure Top Contracts

As New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) students graduate from an exceptionally successful year in 2015 many will take up company contracts in the New Year. Lola Howard joins West Australian Ballet, and Yayoi Matches becomes a Jette Parker Young Artist with Queensland Ballet. Earlier in the year Tirion Law took up a contract with the Hong Kong Ballet, and has already danced with the company in Pinocchio and Romeo and Juliet. Ties with Singapore continue to grow with Yeo Chan Yee and Wan Jiajing both joining Singapore Dance Theatre. 2015 contemporary dance…continue reading →

Calling Alumni to Celebrate the School’s 50th year

In 2017 the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) celebrates its 50th anniversary. Special events are being planned for the School’s 50th year around a gala weekend, 24 - 26 November 2017. In anticipation of this important milestone we would like to connect with former students and staff. Please fill in your details on our short Alumni Form. We welcome your involvement in these celebrations. We would love to receive images of your time at the school, any memorabilia, and to hear your memories. We already have a few alumni who have volunteered…continue reading →

Dancers success from Tū Move

New Zealand School of Dance students Connor Masseurs and Toa Paranihi epitomise what the School's Tū Move programme can do for talented young Māori and Pacific Island men. Connor and Toa, have not taken the traditional route to become NZSD students. They’ve always been inspired by dance but equally so by sport. So a workshop like Tū Move, for 14-18 year olds in Street Dance, Contemporary and other dance styles was the perfect introduction to a whole new world. Both Connor and Toa are now training as students in the NZSD full-time programme,…continue reading →

Paquita Tutu Appeal

It takes 40 hours to make a tutu. Creating 18 of them - from 300 metres of net, 40 metres of silk, 4300 crystals and lace for decoration, and coutil (corset under the structure) - is a huge undertaking. As part of November’s Graduation Season our classical students will be performing the Grand Pas from the 19th century ballet ‘Paquita’. The full length ballet is rarely performed now but the Grand Pas, a later addition by Marius Petipa, is a major cornerstone of traditional ballet repertoire for companies around the world. We are…continue reading →