The RNZB National Mentor Programme is an exciting opportunity for dedicated young dance students to tap into the professional experience of the Company. Selected students will receive guidance and professional advice from their mentor and free access to classes and performances throughout the year.
Selected mentored students:
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Aidan Tully, aged 13, 2018 Mentor programme student from Auckland
The RNZB National Mentors Program has been a fantastic experience for me because it has given me great insight into the professional world of dancing, particularly at the RNZB, which is where I aspire to dance professionally. My Mentor Paul Mathews, is in his thirteenth year in the company, so he has seen and experienced a lot more than other dancers, and he gave me some great information and advice regarding male ballet. The Mentors program was highly inspirational and informative, and I would very much recommend it to any young dancers in New Zealand because it is an amazing resource to have.
Sophia Bae, age 16, 2018 Mentor programme student from Christchurch
The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s National Mentor Programme is a unique and special programme for students who aspire to be professional ballet dancers. I am truly grateful for the opportunities and the experiences this programme has offered me. Each dancer is paired up with one of the company dancers and we get the opportunity to get to know the dancer and they share what the professional life is like. There is no other programme like this in New Zealand and I personally highly recommend it to any aspiring young dancers. It is an opportunity to be truly inspired by our national company the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
How to apply
Dance students aged 13 and older studying classical ballet at Intermediate Foundation Level and above are eligible.
The application has two parts:
Application fee: $12 per applicant
Please click here to sign up and link to the RNZB National Mentor Programme on Movitae to apply. If you are already a member of Movitae click on the link and just log in as you normally would and you will be linked to the RNZB National Mentor Programme. Once you have signed up you should visit your Timeline for further information and instructions.
Important dates for 2019 applications:
For all enquiries, please email email@example.com or contact RNZB Education & Community Manager Pascale Parenteau, 04 381 9001