Applications for study in 2020 are closed.

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

Auditions are held annually in September/October in New Zealand and Australia. Successful candidates will join the course the following January.

You must apply online to audition and there is a fee to attend the audition class. International students and applicants who cannot attend in person may apply by video audition.


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

Applications for auditions in 2019 are now closed.

Date:  Saturday, 28 September 2019
Venue:  Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre
11 Hutchison Road, Newtown, Wellington  6021, New Zealand

Date:  Tuesday, 1 October 2019
Venue:  Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS)
57 Miles Street, Southbank  3006, Melbourne, Australia

Date:  Thursday, 3 October 2019
Venue:  ADPI/ Brisbane Dance Centre
31-33 Collingwood Street, Albion, Queensland  4010, Australia

Date:  Saturday, 5 October 2019
Venue:  National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)
215 Anzac Parade, Kensington  2033, New South Wales, Australia


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, 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.

We encourage those considering applying to observe classes at the School.

For more information or to arrange a visit, please email the NZSD Administrator or phone +64 4 381 9226