Students Receive US Scholarships

Three ballet dancers studying at the New Zealand School of Dance have received prestigious scholarships to some of America’s foremost dance institutions. Ruth Austin, Cauê Frias and Christopher Gerty, all eighteen years-old, have spent the northern hemisphere summer dancing at the School at Jacob’s Pillow (Massachusetts), Houston Ballet Academy and San Francisco Ballet School respectively.  Recipients of similar scholarships in the past include former New Zealand School of Dance student James Wynn. Like Christopher Gerty, James also concluded his studies at San Francisco Ballet School before gaining a contract with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg…continue reading →

Darcey Bussell visits NZSD

Darcey Bussell CBE, former Principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, London visited the New Zealand School of Dance in June 2012. Darcey Bussell was guest of honour at the fundraising event A Gala Dinner with Darcey Bussell and held a coaching session with New Zealand School of Dance students. This once in a lifetime opportunity was presented by the Royal Academy of Dance and the New Zealand School of Dance. The gala dinner raised funds both for the RAD Genée International Ballet Competition (Wellington, December 2012) and the New Zealand School of Dance…continue reading →

Paul Taylor and Richard Chen See

Former Paul Taylor Dance Company member Richard Chen See was guest tutor at the New Zealand School of Dance in 2009 and again in 2011. Richard came from New York to teach Paul Taylor's choreography for performance in the School's Graduation Season. In 2009 Richard coached NZSD students in Taylor's lyrical ballet Airs, and in 2011 his wartime themed Company B set to the songs of the Andrews Sisters. "Taylor stands amongst the pantheon of American dance giants.” Dance Magazine (USA) Richard Chen See danced for the Paul Taylor Dance Company for fifteen…continue reading →