Summer Intensive 2024

The New Zealand School of Dance is thrilled to announce the Summer Intensive 2024 for dancers aged 12 – 17 years. The programme, developed by leading dance educators in New Zealand, will give dancers a taste of what is taught at the School.

Summer Intensive 2024 dancers can expect:

  • Classes specialised in preferred dance form, where dancers will choose to join either the contemporary dance or classical ballet classes.
  • Daily technique and repertoire classes.
  • Daily complementary classes designed to develop technical and creative aspects of dance for classical ballet and contemporary dance.
  • Taught by NZSD faculty and both classical and contemporary guest tutors.

For more information and to register, follow this link:

Registrations close on Monday 4 December 2023.



Pointes of View

The New Zealand School of Dance is excited to be launching a new series of conversations with leading arts practitioners, POINTES OF VIEW.
These quarterly conversations are going to look beneath dance’s performance veneer and consider topical, thought-provoking issues confronting the dance world today.
We are thrilled that the host for POINTES OF VIEW is renowned broadcaster, Eva Radich, who was presenter and producer of RNZ Concert’s daily arts news programme, Upbeat.
The first event takes place on Wednesday 18 October and will consider Women in Arts Leadership.

Date and time: Wednesday 18 October at 6.30pm
Venue: Te Whaea – National Dance and Drama Centre
Seating: General Admission (booking is essential)
Cost: Koha
Parking is available on site



Scholars Programme Auditions


Training for classical ballet students from the age of 10.  Selection is by audition and students participate in the programme alongside their regular dance training. The programme focuses on the principles of movement, incorporating the definitions of technique as required in ballet, while embracing musicality and artistry.

To join the programme, register by 4 September 2023 and attend the auditions on 16 September at Te Whaea, Wellington. (Auditions times to be confirmed)  An audition fee of $50 applies.


Audition times will be confirmed via email with further information.

Winter School 2023

New Zealand School of Dance Winter School has been an annual fixture in the School’s calendar for forty-plus years. This five-day course, offering intensive tuition in classical ballet and contemporary dance, is held in the first week of the winter school holidays. The programme offers young dancers the opportunity to learn from the School’s esteemed faculty of tutors alongside foremost national and international guest teachers. All participants are exposed to diverse new challenges, with classes in classical, contemporary and allied dance styles. Senior dancers attend additional repertoire classes in their favoured form of dance: either ballet or contemporary. Winter School is suitable for students working at the equivalent of RAD Grade 5 up to Solo Seal.

When: 3 – 7 July 2023  Where: Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre, Wellington

Please note: At this time, we only have spaces available in Senior 1 and Senior 3, as all other spots have been filled.

Read more about Winter School 2023

Registrations for Winter School will open shortly; please follow our social media accounts for updates. 



This three-day recreational holiday programme is for dancers of all backgrounds and levels of ability.  Expect workshops in contemporary dance, hip-hop, improvisation and creative composition that will keep you moving in new and innovative ways.

Enhance is facilitated by NZSD and supported by leading Hip Hop and contemporary dance artists.

Discover new skills, refine movements and explore ideas!

Thu 13 – Sat 15 April 2023 – 10am – 3.30pm
Te Whaea National Dance & Drama Centre, Wellington

Only a non-refundable registration fee of $40.00 applies. There are no additional workshop fees or charges beyond this.

Information Pack

Register Here

Photo: NZSD 3rd Yr Contemporary Dance Student – Cate Leong. Photo by Stephen A’Court

Associate Auditions

The New Zealand School of Dance Associates Programme identifies classical ballet and contemporary dance students from all over New Zealand who have a talent for a career in dance performance. Students aged 13 – 16 are chosen by audition, ensuring those with aptitude can take class with similarly talented dancers.

City Venue Date
Wellington Te Whaea 17 September 2022
Auckland Wellesley Studios 18 September 2022
Christchurch NASDA 2 October 2022

Applications are now open and close on Friday 26 August 2022 at 11.59pm NZST.

Learn more and apply



Tū Ignite

Hip hop and contemporary dance holiday programme | $250

Calling all wahine and tane aged 14 – 18!  We’re excited to announce our very first Tū Ignite programme.  This four-day recreational holiday programme is for dancers of all backgrounds and levels of ability.  Expect workshops in contemporary dance, hip-hop and more that will keep you moving in new and innovative ways.

Tū Ignite teachers include New Zealand School of Dance tutors, guest teachers from The Company NZ in Wellington and other incredible dance artists.

Discover new skills, refine movements and explore ideas these winter holidays!

Tū: the action of standing or rising
Ignite: The flames of creativity, leadership and confidence in rangatahi

Tū Ignite workshops are also available to schools and communities by prior arrangement.  NZSD has already made arrangements with secondary schools in Auckland. If you’re interested in hosting a Tū Ignite workshop for your school or community, please contact us.
Image: 2021 NZSD 3rd Yr contemporary dance students. Photography by Stephen A’Court

A morning with Harrison James & Ben Rudisin

Observe Ben Rudisin & Harrison James teach the classical ballet students of the New Zealand School of Dance 

$20 per person  | General Admission

NZSD offers an intimate experience watching Ben Rudisin teaching the 1st Year classical ballet students, while concurrently, Harrison James will teach the 2nd and 3rd Year classical ballet students. This will be followed by tea and a Q&A, with NZSD Director Garry Trinder interviewing Ben and James on their journeys in dance.


  • 10.00 – 11.30 am Dance Studio 4: Ben Rudison teaching 1st Yr classical ballet students *
  • 10.00 – 11.30 Dance Studio 2: Harrison James teaching the 2nd and 3rd Year classical ballet students*
  • 11.30 – 12.00 Refreshments
  • 12.00 – 12.30 Q&A

*Patrons will be at liberty to move from one studio to another at appropriate junctures in the class.

About Harrison James

Harrison James was born in Paraparaumu, New Zealand and trained at San Francisco Ballet School’s Trainee Program in California and the New Zealand School of Dance. He danced with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Béjart Ballet Lausanne before joining The National Ballet of Canada in 2013 as a member of the Corps de Ballet. Harrison was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2016.

Recently, Harrison made his debut as Eurydice in the world premiere of Orpheus Alive and Armand in Marguerite and Armand. He has danced such lead roles as Leontes and Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale, Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Peter/The Nutcracker in The Nutcracker, Lensky in Onegin, Albrecht in Giselle, James in La Sylphide, Jack/The Knave of Hearts and Raj/Caterpillar in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Count Danilo Dailowitch in The Merry Widow, Vronsky in Anna Karenina, L’Aviateur in Le Petit Prince, Des Grieux in Manon, the title role in Apollo, Oberon in The Dream and Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire. His repertoire includes Swan Lake, NijinskyFrame by FrameChaconneEtudesPaquitaThe Second DetailThe Vertiginous Thrill of ExactitudeGenusWatch herBeing and NothingnessAngels’ AtlasEmergenceCarousel (A Dance)Piano Concerto #1Paz de la JollaSpectre de la RoseThe Dreamers Ever Leave You and The Sea Above, The Sky Below.

In 2019, Harrison won the Rolex Dancers First Award for his performance as Alexei Vronsky in Anna Karenina, Oberon in The Dream and the title role in Apollo. In 2015, he was awarded the Patron Award of Merit by the Patrons’ Council Committee of The National Ballet of Canada.

About Ben Rudisin

Ben Rudison. Photo by Aleksander Antonijevic

Ben Rudisin was born in Woodbridge, Virginia and trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem and Houston Ballet II in Texas. Ben joined The National Ballet of Canada as a RBC Apprentice in 2013 and was promoted to First Soloist in 2019.

Ben has danced such lead roles as Diaghilev in Nijinsky, Rothbart in Swan Lake, Prince Gremin in Onegin and the male lead in Being and Nothingness as well as Paris in Romeo and Juliet, Icicle in The Nutcracker, The Mad Hatter in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, L’Allumeur in Le Petit Prince. His repertoire includes roles in The Sleeping BeautyGiselleCinderellaThe Winter’s TaleNijinskyAnna KareninaThe Merry WidowManonFrame by FrameA Streetcar Named DesireLa SylphideThe Four SeasonsThe ConcertChaconneAllegro BrillanteSymphony #9Carousel (A Dance)The Second DetailApproximate Sonata 2016ChromaGenusAngels’ AtlasEmergenceCactiPetite MortPaz de la JollaNightOrpheus Alive and The Dreamers Ever Leave You.

Summer Intensive 2021

Thank-you to all the talented and enthusiastic participants of the School’s inaugural Summer Intensive. We thoroughly enjoyed starting the new school year with you!

Save the dates for Winter School 2021, where we hope to dance with all of you again: 12 – 16 July 2021.

All photography below by Julia Forsyth of Joyful Dance Photography.