Winter School

Winter School has been an annual fixture in the School’s calendar for forty-plus years.

This five-day course, offering intensive tuition in classical ballet and contemporary dance, is held in the first week of the winter school holidays. The programme offers young dancers the opportunity to learn from the School’s esteemed faculty of tutors alongside foremost national and international guest teachers.

All participants are exposed to diverse new challenges, with classes in classical, contemporary and allied dance styles. Senior dancers attend additional repertoire classes in their favoured form of dance: either ballet or contemporary. Winter School is suitable for students working at the equivalent of RAD Grade 5 up to Solo Seal.


“Well-structured classes with a good variety of dance styles, good use of time, good spread of classes throughout the day.”

“Being at NZSD was an incredible experience; the facilities were outstanding, and I learnt some great tips from the tutors.”

“My daughter had an amazing time again at Winter School this year. I must add that I enjoyed watching the classes on the last day. The tutors give detailed corrections and are so impressively professional as they teach. I enjoyed watching them as much as the dancers!”

“My daughter enjoyed the whole 5 days- She loved the teachers and always enjoys spending time at NZSD.”

“We gained a lot of new knowledge and came away feeling more inspired than ever.”

“Thank you for providing such an extensive learning opportunity for aspiring dancers and teachers!”

2023 dates

When: 3 – 7 July 2023  Where: Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre, Wellington

REGISTER NOW! – At this time, we only have spaces available in Senior 1 and Senior 3, as all other spots have been filled.

For questions or further information about our Winter School, please email Christine Gunn