Foundation members congratulate Eden Kew

Patrons of the New Zealand School of Dance Foundation gathered at the School to celebrate the announcement of the second recipient of the Foundation’s scholarship.

At the event, held on Thursday 24 October, Chair of the Foundation, Andrew Stewart announced that the NZSD Foundation has offered its second full-fee scholarship for the 2020 academic year to contemporary dance student Eden Kew.

Since joining the New Zealand School of Dance, Eden has excelled in both ballet and contemporary dance. He is majoring in contemporary dance, but enjoys the exploration that comes from being able to combine his skills as an acrobat, classical and contemporary dancer.

This year Eden has represented NZSD in Auckland at the Pacific Dance Festival, Kokomai in the Wairarapa and Expressions in Upper Hutt. He also was selected to join the Sydney Dance Company for a week secondment. And next year Eden has been invited to represent the school in Tahiti.

His tutors have said that Eden is a wonderful, exemplary young man. He has an open minded approach and willingness to learn from others, qualities appreciated by the tutors and choreographers that he has worked with..

Grateful thanks to the NZSD Foundation patrons for sharing our vision to recognise and support young peoples’ dreams and ambition to dance.

Tessa Karle, NZSD Board of Trustees Chair Peter Mersi, Jordan Lennon
Tessa Karle, Pip and Doctor Russell Ballard, Jane and Denis Kikcaldie, Jordan Lennon
NZSD Director Garry Trinder, Wendy Weber, Jelle Sjoerdsma
NZSD Head of Contemporary Dance Paula Steeds-Huston, Analee and Dennis Emery, Franky Drousioti, Eden Kew

We thank our Inaugural Patrons, who were instrumental in getting the Foundation off the ground, and those people who have joined the Patrons programme this year.

Annual giving will help grow the Foundation and enable us to provide a new scholarship each year to a student in need.

If you’d like to find out more about supporting the NZSD Foundation, contact Elizabeth Isaacs |