Entry to full-time training at the New Zealand School of Dance is by audition.

  • First complete the online application form
  • Either attend the live audition in Wellington
  • Or join the digital auditions by submitting an audition video

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


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.

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