For Dance Teachers and Dancers

Dance Teachers’ Professional Development Seminar

Monday 15 July and Tuesday 16 July, 2019
RNZB Dance Centre at 115 Wakefield St, Wellington

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Open to classical ballet teachers of any experience level, this non-syllabus two-day course led by our Artistic Director Patricia Barker includes 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


  • 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).
  • There will be opportunities for participants to observe company rehearsals for Artifact II by William Forsythe throughout the seminar.

Monday 15 July

9.00am Registration
9.15am Health and Safety briefing (RNZB Education staff)
9.20am – 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 class and classical foundation (Patricia Barker and RNZB Ballet Masters)
12pm – 1pm Continue discussion but focus on young students (Patricia Barker and RNZB Ballet Masters)
1pm – 2pm Lunch
2pm – 3pm Tour of costume department (Donna Jefferis – Head of Costume)
3pm – 4pm Pointe work and variations with dancers (Patricia Barker and RNZB Ballet Masters)
4pm – 4.30pm Afternoon Tea
4.30pm – 5.30pm Point shoe seminar (Patricia Barker and RNZB Ballet Masters)

 Tuesday 16 July

9.30am – 10.45am Either: watch company class or participate in a class designed for dance teachers (RNZB Ballet Masters)
10.45am – 11.15am Morning Tea
11.15am – 12.30pm Coaching and musicality (Michael Auer)
12.30pm – 2.00pm Partnering and men with dancers (Michael Auer and Nicholas Schultz)
2.00pm – 3.00pm Lunch
3.00pm – 4.00pm Q&A (Patricia Barker and RNZB Ballet Masters)
4.00pm – 5.00pm Body maintenance – Pilates and Melt (Cat Eddy)

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

Pilates Instructor – Cat Eddy

For all enquiries, please email  or 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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