The show is incredible. From musical choice to choreography to performance, it is a brilliant achievement in expression an emotion from established students to the up-and-comers.
As P.T Barnum said “Always leave them wanting more.” – The Wellington App

Wellington, NZ. 19.11.2019. Velociraptor, from the New Zealand School of Dance’s Graduation Season 2019. Choreography by Scott Ewen. Rehearsed by by Paula Steeds-Huston and Victoria Colombus. Te Whaea Theatre, Wellington. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A’Court

A thrilling line-up of works that don’t disappoint! This is what the New Zealand School of Dance’s Graduation Season 2019 delivers. A diverse range of classical ballet and contemporary dance works, choreographed by acclaimed New Zealand and international artists.

Susan Bendell from Dance Australia wrote that classical ballet students “showed great presence with crisp, well-defined work” and contemporary dance students performed with “maturity and polish”.

Dierdre Tarrant said she “left the theatre in admiration of and exhilarated by the talent from all concerned”, while Bridgette Knight wrote “a great variety of choreographic offerings, ensuring the audience are thoroughly entertained during the performance”. These Theatreview reviews can be found here and here.

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Lizzie Murray from Art Murmurs‘ review opens “Power, grace and creativity shine as part of this year’s New Zealand School of Dance Graduation Season…Together the pieces deliver strong bonds on stage and with the audience. Graduation 2019 promises a crisp glimpse into each students’ bright future in dance.”

We also appreciated the reviews from Jennifer Shennan ( and Tania Kopytko (from DANZ). The understanding that NZSD is preparing these talented young people for professional careers in dance, and that “Graduation season always displays the talent and enthusiasm of graduating dancers “.

The School is proud to present a varied programme of classical ballet and contemporary dance works that challenge our students to explore and push their edges and in-turn invites the audience to do the same. The season must end on 30th November. Only a few seats are left – book your seat now.