Summer Intensive 2023

The New Zealand School of Dance is excited to present our Summer Intensive 2023 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 2023 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

PLEASE NOTE – We have reached capacity for the senior classical class.

There are still spaces available in the junior and intermediate classical classes and in both contemporary levels.

Information Pack

Register Here

Teacher Observation Application

 

 

Enhance

Hip Hop and contemporary dance holiday workshops

Tues 19 – Fri 22 July, 2022 – 9am – 3pm

Calling all wāhine and tāne aged 13 to recent high school leavers!

We’re excited to announce our very first Enhance programme.  This four-day FREE recreational holiday workshop is for dancers of all backgrounds and levels of ability.  Expect workshops in contemporary dance and hip-hop 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 these winter holidays!

Register Here

Photo: NZSD 2nd Yr Contemporary Dance Student – Cate Leong. Photo by Stephen A’Court

Winter School 2022

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: 11 – 15 July, 2022 Where: Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre, Wellington

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

What others have had to say about Winter School:

Photographs by Julia Forsyth

“We gained a lot of new knowledge and came away feeling more inspired than ever.”

“Thank you for providing such an extensive learning opportunity for aspiring dancers and teachers!”

“My daughter just had an amazing week at winter school and was so worth the trip from Gisborne, she is still buzzing!”

 

 

Information Pack

Register Here

Teacher Observation Application

PLEASE NOTE: Places for Senior 2 of Contemporary and Classical Repertoire are now full. Please join our waitlist.

Very limited places at all other levels.

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

 

 

Summer Intensive 2022

The New Zealand School of Dance is excited to present our Summer Intensive 2022 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.

The Summer Intensive 2022 has been extended from four to five days, and dancers can expect:

  • Classes specialised 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, including Director Garry Trinder and Head of Contemporary Dance Paula Steeds-Huston

Click Here to read the INFORMATION PACK

Click Here to register

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.

More information – Click Here

Registrations to audition have closed.

City Venue Date
Wellington Te Whaea 30 Oct, 2021
Auckland Digital Auditions on or before 31 Oct, 2021
Christchurch NASDA 7 Nov, 2021

Applications open online on 7 July 2021 and close on Friday 27 August 2021 at 11.59pm NZST. Audition Fee: NZ$ 65.00

As the Level 3 lockdown in Auckland, Northland and parts of the Waikato continues, we have no choice but to cancel our anticipated in-person audition at Wellesley Studios on 31 October.

Therefore we will be accepting auditions by video from these regions and look forward to receiving these as early as possible (31 October at the latest).   We recognise that lockdown is a stressful time for everyone.   But even in these uncertain times, although we are physically apart, we are in this together.  Kia kaha Aotearoa!

 

Scholars Programme Auditions

THE SCHOLARS PROGRAMME

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 3 September 2021 and attend the auditions on 30 October at Te Whaea, Wellington. (Auditions times to be confirmed)  An audition fee of $40 applies.

Exact times of auditions will be confirmed via email with further information.

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

Winter School 2021

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: 12 – 16 July, 2021 Where: Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre, Wellington

Registrations for Winter School are now closed.  All courses and waitlists are full.

What others have had to say about Winter School:

I loved getting so much support and advice from the teachers and I learnt so much from this amazing week We gained a lot of new knowledge and came away feeling more inspired than ever. Thank you for providing such an extensive learning opportunity for aspiring dancers and teachers! My daughter just had an amazing week at winter school and was so worth the trip from Gisborne, she is still buzzing!    
Photographs by Julia Forsyth

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.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

  • 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.