How to Apply

Selection for the Scholars programme is by audition only. Preference will be given to students entering Year 6 at the beginning of 2021

Students entering Year 9 or above in 2021 must audition for the Associates Programme and be accepted as a classical major before they can be considered as scholar.

Auditions are held annually at the New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington

Please submit your application to audition by Sunday 18 October 2020 at 11:59pm NZST. 

Audition information

  • Date: 31 October, 2020
  • Venue: Te Whaea, Wellington

There is a $40 fee to audition

Scholar Audition Process

Those auditioning are requested to complete a form telling us us why they wish to become a NZSD scholar.

The day begins with registration, followed by a ballet class which is divided in to age groups where necessary.

It is a class of basic content so that students can focus on how they are presenting their work in the best light. Applicants may be asked to demonstrate their favourite step, and general questions are sometimes asked of the group.

There is testing for skeletal alignment, along with flexibility, range of turnout and foot line. For example roll-ups and roll-downs, pointing and flexing feet.

No practiced solo performance is required.

We understand that this process can cause nerves and encourage students to learn from the audition process, dance from their hearts, and enjoy the experience.

For more information about the Scholars programme please email Head of Scholars Sue Nicholls or phone 04 381 9252 ext 261


How to Apply

Selection for the Associates programme is by audition only. Auditions are held in September and places are strictly limited. 

Preference will be given to students entering Year 9 at the beginning of the current academic year. Current Associates do not need to re-audition.

Auditions for entry for 2021 have been concluded.

The next auditions will be held again in September 2021 for entry the following year.

Audition information

For those who have already registered to audition:

Associate Audition Process

The Associates audition consists of two classes: classical ballet and contemporary dance. These are not syllabus based and each class must be attended by all applicants.

Selection to the Associates Programme is made solely on the basis of:

  • potential
  • achievement to date
  • aptitude
  • performance quality
  • commitment, musicality, creativity and literacy

Open Technique Classes

The NZSD offers technique classes in classical and contemporary dance in Christchurch and Auckland in conjunction with auditions for the Associates Programme.

Cost: $17.50 for one class, $30.00 for two. The schedule for 2021 is to be confirmed.

AucklandDate TBCClassical ballet1.15 – 2.30 pm
Contemporary dance 2.45 – 4.00 pm
ChristchurchDate TBCClasscial ballet1.30 – 2.45 pm
Contemporary dance 3.00 – 4.15 pm

For more information about the Associates programme please email Head of Associates Christine Gunn or phone 04 381 9223