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.
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
The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) is proud to announce its highly anticipated Performance Season, showcasing the extraordinary talent of its students. With two alternating programmes of ballet and contemporary dance, this season promises to captivate audiences with outstanding choreography and breath-taking performances.
In these specially curated programmes, students from across the School’s three year groups will showcase their artistry in an impressive repertoire of legacy pieces, collaborations with inventive choreographers, premieres and commissions.
The ballet programme features captivating works from three renowned American choreographers, staged by former Ballet Master for San Francisco Ballet, Betsy Erickson.
Acclaimed dance maker Val Caniparoli will be represented by his quirky, playful Street Songs and intense duet, Double Stop. Former Artistic Director of San Francisco Ballet, Helgi Tomasson’s Meistens Mozart is sweet and charming, while Lew Christensen’s Vivaldi Concerto Grosso is an inventive, neo-classical gem that has not been performed previously by the School.
Expressing his excitement about this year’s programme, NZSD Director Garry Trinder said, “Coming out of Covid, we wanted to use this year’s ballet programme to reconnect with some of the international choreographers and répétiteurs we have long been associated with. This year’s programme comprises three works that have proven to be enduring and popular with our audiences, as well as a work that will be new to us, offering a fresh and invigorating challenge to our students.”
In the world of contemporary dance, we take great pride in the involvement of our talented NZSD graduates, who are both re-staging existing works and creating new ones.
Former Australian DMEDance Theatre Artistic Director, Garry Stewart, presents his enthralling creation, The Beginning of Nature. This powerful work explores the intricate relationship between humanity and the natural world, leaving audiences captivated by its thought-provoking narrative.
The programme will also feature a revival of Australian Amber Haines’ critically acclaimed 2016 work, Incant. Haines’ piece delves into the depths of human emotion, inviting viewers on a mesmerising and intriguing journey.
Lauded New Zealand choreographer Ross McCormack will be creating a new work alongside commissions from NZSD graduates, Felix Sampson and Kit Reilly, highlighting the School’s commitment to expanding the boundaries of contemporary dance.
Performance Season at Southward Theatre and Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre 16 Nov – 2 Dec 2023. Tickets from $19 – $42 are available at www.nzschoolofdance.ac.nz
The Associates Programme identifies ballet and contemporary dance students who have the talent for a career in dance performance.
A tiered structure sees students aged 13 – 17 (Years 9 -12 at secondary school) progressing through the programme as Junior, Intermediate and Senior Associates.
For 2024, Associates travel from throughout the country to the New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington for two weekends of tuition a year. In addition, one weekend in Term 1 will be held in Auckland and one weekend in Term 4 will be held in Christchurch. We are expecting the Associates to make a commitment to attending a minimum of three weekends out of the four.
Auckland Auditions Auckland: Sunday, 10 September
Venue: Wellesley Studios, 113-115 Wellesley St, Auckland 1010
For more information about the programme and application process, click below.
The NZSD offers open technique classes in classical ballet and contemporary dance in conjunction with auditions for the Associate programme. Dancers are welcome to join the open classes, whether they are attending the Associate auditions or not.