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New Zealand School of Dance

Private Training Establishment

One of the southern hemisphere's leading dance conservatoires, the New Zealand School of Dance offers world class training in classical ballet and contemporary dance. The School's full-time training prepares dancers for a career in professional dance performance.

The school offers two or three-year qualifications for students aged between 16 to 20. Auditions are held annually in Sept/Oct in NZ and Australia. International students may submit a video audition. Students are required to have reached certain levels of dance and academic achievement and have a good level of conversational English to study at the School.

On average 80% of graduates gain work within six months, with many joining major Australasian and international dance companies.
www.nzschoolofdance.ac.nz/full-time-course


Contact New Zealand School of Dance
Physical address

11 Hutchison Road, Newtown
6021 Wellington
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Phone numbers

64 4 381 9252

  • Number of students: 80
  • Number of international students: 10
  • Male and Female

Qualifications available

  • Diploma
  • Certificate I

School features

  • Academic guidance
  • Accommodation advisory service
  • Career guidance
  • English language support
  • International student services
  • Wifi on campus

Accommodation

  • Boarding hostel
The magnificent, architecturally designed performing arts facility Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre houses the School. The centre includes eleven fully-equipped studios and 180 seat theatre. The Certificate and Diploma qualifications sit at Level 6 and level 7 on the New Zealand National Qualifications Framework. Level 7 is equivalent to an undergraduate degree. Students perform in New Zealand School of Dance performance seasons, and in their third year have opportunities to go on secondments and placements with professional companies and partner schools.
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