Applications to audition for full-time training at the New Zealand School of Dance in 2023 will open on Thursday 16 June.

  • First ensure you have everything on the application checklist. Medical forms can be emailed to the School Administrator before the day of your audition.
  • Then complete the online application form.
  • Attend an audition in New Zealand*
  • Those restricted from travel may submit a digital audition video.

We encourage those considering applying to observe classes at the School. Please note there is a fee to attend the audition class.


Please note: current information available to us indicates that intake for international students is not yet open. Please ensure that you keep abreast of New Zealand border restrictions and information via Immigration New Zealand.

Who should apply

Students are usually 16 to 18 years old when entering the full-time course. Exceptions may be made during the audition process.

Preference will be given to students who have attained NCEA Level 1 (Yr 11 NZ or Yr 10 Australia) and who have reached a level in classical ballet equivalent to RAD Advanced 1, IDTA Advanced level 1, BBO Advanced 1, Cecchetti Advanced 1 or BAL Intermediate.

Students are required to understand conversational English. Students who have a level of English lower than B1 of the CEFR must undertake an English language course before arriving at the School.

For those interested in full time-study at the New Zealand School of Dance, our PATHWAYS webinar is a great way to find out what it takes to apply, audition and be a student of the School.

Applicants seen at competitions, or recommended via other routes may be offered a place at the School, and/or invited to attend an audition.

If you have any further enquiries, please contact our School Administrator.