New Zealand School of Dance

The best of our classical and contemporary dancers

I was first introduced to the New Zealand School of Dance in 1975 when my friend Lois Green attended as a student. In those days, the studio was in Marion Street, off Ghuznee and for a young dancer, the place teemed with excitement and anticipation. The big, cold studio, tension in the dressing rooms, prim tutors, rosin powder over the floors, the smell of hard work ... all made the place feel unreal and so, so special and different. What a privilege to be allowed to dance here!  And to be accepted was almost a guarantee that you would eventually dance for the Royal New Zealand Ballet or possibly overseas. For Lois, that was the case and from the RNZB she went to the UK and her ballet career was on track.

This year it’s the 45th Anniversary Graduation season for the school which is located at Te Whaea – National Dance & Drama Centre in Newtown. And we’re talking the ‘best of the best’ students from around the country showcasing their extraordinary talent.

These young people deserve your attention. Many of them will represent our country in dance companies throughout the world in years to come. We now have a chance to acknowledge their talent and dedication and help send them on their way with our appreciation and applause.

Upcoming Performances and Events not to be missed


Still Dancing

An exhibition of dynamic images by photographer Stephen A'Court. Featuring graduating students of the New Zealand School of Dance in celebration of the school's 45th anniversary.

Lunchtime presentations will accompany the exhibition. Presented through a partnership between the New Zealand School of Dance, Stephen A'Court and the New Zealand Portrait Gallery.


6 - 22 November 2012
Open daily 10.30am - 4.30pm

New Zealand Portrait Gallery

Shed 11, Wellington Waterfront
(closing 12 noon on 22 Nov)

Free entry


45th Anniversary Graduation Season

Young dancers from the New Zealand School of Dance present the best of classical ballet and contemporary dance in one outstanding performance.

Featuring choreography not often seen in New Zealand by renowned masters George Balanchine, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Garry Stewart.

The programme also includes works by Claire O’Neill, American choreographer Parrish Maynard and New Zealand School of Dance graduates Loughlan Prior and Mia Mason, embodying the essence of the school’s legacy in its 45th anniversary year.

21 November - 1 December at 7.30pm (except Sunday and Monday)
2pm Matinee Sunday 25 November

Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre
11 Hutchison Road, Newtown, Wellington


$26 Adults
$21 Students & Seniors
$16 Under 12 years

Book online

To contact Te Whaea phone 04 381 9250 or email Te Whaea Box Office 

Whenever I attend a New Zealand School of Dance performance, I think of those 'old' days with nostalgia. To be young and to dance well, and to 'make it', is the making of dreams.

Sheridan Bruce is a director of FRESCO and She continues to dance.

Contact Sheridan on or 04 499 4938

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