Exceptional Choreographic Mentor

Contemporary Dance tutor and NZSD graduate Victoria Colombus, who we all know as Tor, has directed the School’s Choreographic Season show for the past six years. Each year for this season, third year students majoring in contemporary dance choreograph works to be performed by other students. Tor, who has been a tutor since 2010, mentors the choreographers to develop their individual pieces, and then works with them to create a full-length show from the material. This year’s show ‘KARST’ puts the dancers in a different space, outside the usual theatre setting, with the…continue reading →

Find out about studying at NZSD

The New Zealand School of Dance has published a new prospectus, which is available in print and online. It contains valuable information about the School, courses offered, how to apply, living in Wellington and information for international students. Photos of the School's students and facilities give a clear picture of life as a student at NZSD. This is essential reading for anyone considering auditioning for full-time training. For more information, visit About the Schoolcontinue reading →

Official School of the Royal New Zealand Ballet

The New Zealand School of Dance has been formally recognised as the 'Official School of the Royal New Zealand Ballet'. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed this month between the Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) and the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD), committing renewed energy to the relationship between the two national arts organisations. The bond between School and Company is important said Francesco Ventriglia, Artistic Director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet; “When I was a dance student myself at La Scala in Milan, Italy it was my dream to become…continue reading →

Aspirational Programme Provides A Strong Start

Two students have graduated from the New Zealand School of Dance's aspirational Scholars programme into the School’s full-time course. Sophie Arbuckle and Megan Wright are both studying towards the Certificate in Dance Performance in 2014, and achieving success among their peers, having reached Level 6 of Scholars, a part-time programme for ballet students from age 10. “Being a Scholar was a huge confidence boost for me, I loved being in the environment of a full-time school”, says Sophie, who is a first year classical student. “The experiences I gained set me up well…continue reading →

Students Spread Wings

Our 2014 students have been flying high this year, securing secondments, overseas experience, and contracts with companies. Michael Ramsay and James Wasmer (pictured), had secured jobs barely half way through their third year at the School. Michael (in the air) is joining Australian Dance Theatre, and James Black Grace Dance Company. Other third year students have been overseas to gain experience. Kaena Ahern attended the prestigious Ballet School at Jacobs Pillow in the US and Demi Jo Manalo performed in Java Dance company's 'Back of the Bus' at Edinburgh Festival. James Wasmer also…continue reading →

Grand Piano Strikes a Chord

The NZSD is thrilled to have reached the fundraising target to purchase a new piano for the School this month. A grand piano was urgently needed to replace an older instrument soon to leave the building. The beautiful Schimmel K189 will arrive at the School next week and be in use from its first day in the studio. This new piano will last for 40-50 years, benefitting at least 59,000 dancers. A piano is a vital piece of equipment to teach dance, particularly classical ballet. It will be used to accompany classes on…continue reading →

Luke Hanna Tutors Tū Move

In July, NZSD graduate Luke Hanna will tutor young Māori and Pacific Island men in the School’s Tū Move programme. A dancer and choreographer, Luke's career has taken him round the world. He has worked with leading companies such as Black Grace, Australian Dance Theatre and Dancenorth. Now Wellington based, Luke choreographed his own work for the 2014 Fringe NZ festival, fusing elements of Māori art and contemporary dance. Keen to share his enjoyment of movement with younger dancers, Luke says; “I’m passionate about the Tū Move workshop because it encourages young males…continue reading →

Experienced Dancers Make Dynamic Teaching Trio

The New Zealand School of Dance is delighted to welcome Turid Revfeim to the teaching staff. A graduate of the School, and esteemed member of New Zealand’s dance community, Turid brings to three the complement of former Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) dancers now teaching at NZSD. "Over 28 years Turid has made an extraordinary contribution to the Royal New Zealand Ballet – as a dancer, artistic co-ordinator and most recently as Ballet Mistress. Turid’s strength has always been in nurturing talent and so I know she will make a huge contribution to…continue reading →

Master Class with Li Cunxin

One of the dance world’s heroes, Li Cunxin, visited the NZSD in April to provide a master class for the School's classical students. Widely known for his autobiography ‘Mao's Last Dancer’, which also became a feature film in 2009, Li has had an interesting road to stardom. Born in rural China and trained at the Beijing Dance Academy, he is now artistic director of Australia's Queensland Ballet. Li who last visited the School in 2012, was in New Zealand to present three events for the Asia New Zealand Foundation’s 20th Anniversary, including this…continue reading →

Students Dance Through a Door to Raise Funds

NZSD final year contemporary dance students have set themselves a unique challenge to help raise funds for their Choreographic Season show. They will improvise 1000 dance moves through a door on Cuba Street. The students have been offered the film set of a dilapidated house to stage their performances in - which fits perfectly with their vision for the production. But to cover the costs of moving and installing the set in the theatre safely, the students need to raise $2,000 by 13 April. So they have formed a team and set themselves…continue reading →