For Dance Teachers and Dancers

Dance Teachers Professional Development Seminar

Open to classical ballet teachers of any experience level, this non-syllabus 2-day course led by our Artistic Director, Patricia Barker, will include observation of company class, demonstrations, theory tutorials, and practical sessions complemented by talks and Q&A sessions.


  • To provide teachers with a fundamental understanding of the foundations of classical ballet technique
  • To provide teachers with a grounding in relevant education practice
  • To assist teachers in improving the effectiveness of the teaching / learning process

This seminar, scheduled to coincide with the beginning of the first end-of-term school holidays, will be held in the RNZB Studios at the St. James Theatre, Wellington.

Dates: Monday 16 AprilTuesday 17 April, 2018 Book here
Cost: $150. (morning & afternoon tea provided, lunches not included)

A certificate of participation will be provided at the end of the 2-day seminar.
RAD Registered Teachers may consider these sessions to be claimable as part of RAD CPD. (Royal Academy of Dance Continuing Professional Development).

Detailed schedule

Monday 16 April

9am – 9.30am Welcome Address/Introduction (Patricia Barker and RNZB Ballet Masters)
9.30am – 10.45am Observation of the RNZB Company Class (Patricia Barker)
11am – 12pm Open forum on the elements of the class including analysis of barre, centre work and lesson planning (Patricia Barker and RNZB Ballet Masters)
12pm – 1pm Session on the importance of the foundations of classical ballet technique for Junior level students including posture, placement, use of turn-out, balletic patterns, and combinations. (Patricia Barker and RNZB Ballet Masters)
1pm – 2pm Lunch
2pm – 3pm Classical variation coaching demonstration (Patricia Barker and RNZB dancers)
3pm – 4pm Discussion on pointe work (Patricia Barker and Laura McQueen Schultz)
4pm – 4.30pm Afternoon Tea
4.30pm – 5.30pm Point shoe seminar – Analyse pointe work for students at different levels of training and the importance of pointe shoe fitting (Patricia Barker and RNZB Ballet Masters)


Tuesday 17 April

9.30am – 10.45am Participation in a structured classical ballet class (practical for participants – optional) (Laura McQueen Schultz)
10.45am – 11.15am Morning Tea
11.15am – 12.15pm Session on the essential ballet technique for senior students (Patricia Barker and Clytie Campbell)
12.15pm – 1.30pm Discussion on partnering with demonstration by RNZB dancers (Nicholas Schultz)
1.30pm – 2.30pm Lunch
2.30pm – 4.30pm Seminar on practical teaching practice for turns, jumps and extensions. The aims of this session is also to highlight the importance of developing artistry in tandem with technique (Patricia Barker and RNZB Ballet Masters)
4.30pm – 5.30pm Closing remarks and Q&A (Patricia Barker)

Introducing the RNZB Artistic Team
Artistic Director – Patricia Barker
Ballet Masters  –  Clytie Campbell, Laura McQueen Schultz and Nicholas Schultz

Early bird booking – 15% discount for Dancing with Mozart tickets
Dance teachers taking advantage of early bird booking for the RNZB’s professional development seminar (by Sunday 1 April) can enjoy a 15% discount on adult tickets ( up to a maximum of two tickets , any price reserve) booked for Dancing for Mozart, touring nationwide 31 May  – 8 July. For your exclusive promo code, which can be used for telephone, online booking or in person, email

For all education enquiries, please contact RNZB Education & Community Manager Pascale Parenteau, /04 381 9001

2017 DTPD seminar Teachers attending the RNZB Company Class as part of the 2017 DTPD seminar. Photo credit: Mable Wong

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