Ross McCormack to premiere Age at New Zealand Festival 2014

The New Zealand Festival 2014 sees the Premiere of a new full length dance work from NZSD graduate Ross McCormack. Since graduating from the New Zealand School of Dance Ross has performed with Douglas Wright, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Australian Dance Theatre and the highly acclaimed Belgian company Les Ballets C de la B. Recently returning to New Zealand he has established himself as a choreographic talent, creating works for Okareka Dance Company, Footnote, and the New Zealand School of Dance, amongst others.   His new work 'AGE', commissioned by the New…continue reading →

Exceptional Dancer to Teach at NZSD

Qi Huan, a leading dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, is joining the staff of the New Zealand School of Dance in May. Qi will be a full-time classical tutor, with a focus on training male dancers on the School’s full-time course. An exceptional dancer, Qi has been a senior artist with the Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) for the past nine years and has performed many principal roles. Qi partnered US ballet star Gillian Murphy in 'Giselle' for the company's tour of the US earlier this year and in Toa Fraser’s…continue reading →

Students in Demand

Students from the New Zealand School of Dance are once again in demand with dance companies. 2013 students Jiang Peng Fei, Oscar Hoelscher and William Fitzgerald have joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet this year. Oscar, who has been named as the Todd Scholar, and Peng Fei are touring with the company to the US in January, appearing in Los Angeles and New York. Several others have travelled further afield to take up contracts; Benjamin Obst with Queensland Ballet, Samuel Wilson with Nevada Ballet Theatre, and Ruth Austin, Stefaan Morrow and Chen Ruifeng…continue reading →

Student Choreographers on Tour

Students in their third year of full-time study at the New Zealand School of Dance have toured a new contemporary dance show, to Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland in 2013. On the strength of its premiere season in Wellington in May, the NZSD was invited to take the show, titled And Then it Moved, to Auckland for Tempo Dance Festival and to Christchurch for the Body Festival in October. Created for NZSD Choreographic Season 2013, the show is the result of four intensive months of preparation. These first time choreographers, who also dance in…continue reading →

Grand Prix Winner Returns to Perform

New Zealand School of Dance students Law Lok Huen (Tirion) and Stefaan Morrow performed as guest artists at the Asian Grand Prix in Hong Kong in August. They accompanied the School's director Garry Trinder who is president of the jury for the competition and was formerly artistic director of the Hong Kong Ballet. Tirion was born in Hong Kong and won the Asian Grand Prix in 2012, so it was fitting that she return to the competition as a guest. The two performed the duet First Light, choreographed by NZSD graduate and member…continue reading →

Director Garry Trinder Receives Honour

New Zealand School of Dance Director, Garry Trinder has been appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2013, in recognition of his services to dance. Garry trained at the Royal Ballet School, Rambert School of Ballet and Maurice Béjart's MUDRA. His extensive career includes six years as artistic director of the Hong Kong Ballet and two years as director of dance at South Africa's NAPAC Dance Company. He has been associated with many international ballet competitions including the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland, and the…continue reading →

NZSD Students Perform at Ballet Festival in Toronto

Two New Zealand School of Dance students joined staff and students from seventeen other professional ballet schools at the Assemblée Internationale 2013 in Toronto. The festival, hosted by Canada's National Ballet School in April 2013, was an intensive seven days of classes, performances, forums and professional development. NZSD students Jarrah McArthur and Tynan Wood performed Jeffrey Tan's Facade at the festival. "The choreographer Jeffrey Tan, from Singapore, came to New Zealand for two weeks to rehearse his pas de deux with us." said Jarrah. "Jeffrey is a wonderful teacher. He introduced us to…continue reading →

Graduates Return to Teach

Two of New Zealand's finest dancers Ursula Robb and Nadine Tyson are teaching at the New Zealand School of Dance this year. Ursula Robb spent more than a decade in Europe dancing with Rosas, Ultima Vez and Zoo. In 2011 she worked as rehearsal director with Paris Opera Ballet and danced with the New Zealand Dance Company in their first season. Auckland dancer Nadine Tyson joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 1995. She danced many pivotal roles during nine years with the RNZB and has recently been invited by the company to…continue reading →

Visitors from Australia

Artistic director of Queensland Ballet Li Cunxin, visited the New Zealand School of Dance in September 2012. Famous for his autobiography 'Mao's Last Dancer', which became a feature film in 2009, Li was selected at the age of eleven to train at Beijing Dance Academy. He went on to dance as principal artist with Ben Stevenson's Houston Ballet Company and The Australian Ballet, and worked as a stockbroker before his appointment as Artistic Director of Queensland Ballet. While at the New Zealand School of Dance Li shared his expertise with the students, taking…continue reading →

Programmes for Young Dancers Re-launched

The New Zealand School of Dance's role in nurturing New Zealand’s young dance talent has been highlighted with the re-launch of two aspirational programmes for school-aged dancers. The Associates and Scholars programmes have developed out of the Junior Associates and Regional Associates programmes run by the school since 2000. The Associates programme identifies ballet and contemporary dance students aged 13 - 16 who have an aptitude for a career in performance. A tiered structure sees students progressing through the programme as Junior, Intermediate and Senior Associates with Senior Associates joining the full-time students…continue reading →