This year we celebrate 50 years since the School was established in 1967.

Many people have shared its journey and contributed to personal and collective achievements.

As Garry Trinder said in his speech on the anniversary, 6 March 2017; “We know that the New Zealand School of Dance can shape lives… The passing of the baton happens constantly. The rich tradition continues in the studio through every step, every phrase, every variation, every muscle twitch. It is the lifeblood through which this art form is fed.”

We invite all with a connection to the School to join with us at this half-century milestone for a series of special events in Wellington.


A season of new solo dance works created by graduates for the 2017 students … Read more

Graduation weekend 24 – 26 November 2017

50th Anniversary Graduation Season performances at St James Theatre

Reunion morning at the School

Bookings for these events

In addition the School has published a book by graduate Turid Revfeim looking back at the first 50 years … Read more

We encourage alumni to connect with each other during the Graduation weekend

One group has already organised a programme of activities – Visit the event on Facebook

Please email us with any other events being organised.

Accommodation Partner

QT Museum Wellington, our accommodation partner, has generously provided 15% discount for those visiting for the Graduation Season weekend (23 – 27 November 2017)

To book, email QT Reservations and quote the code NZSD50.

Other accommodation discounts for NZSD guests

InterContinental Wellington has offered a 10% discount off the best flexible rate – Use the code DAN when booking. Book Now

CQ Hotels Wellington have offered a discounted rate for 23-26 November – To book, email CQ Reservations or phone 0800 643 131 and quote the code NZ Dance.

Bookings are subject to availability

Image: Mary Jane O’Reilly who was one of the first students in 1967 with Olivia Moore, our youngest first-year student in 2017.