For Dance Teachers and Dancers

RNZB National Mentor Programme

Congratulations to the successful applicants for the 2019 RNZB National Mentor Programme! They are:

Kate Bradley            Wellington   Fiona Haines Dance Academy
Tessa Cockerton-Holmes  Wellington   Chilton Ballet Academy
Macy Cook               Wellington    Chilton Ballet Academy
Ariah Mandeno        Auckland       Mt Eden Ballet Academy
Alice McArthur        Auckland       Nicci Mcewan
Emma McWhinnie   Wellington    Mary Rodgers Dance Academy
Arabella Moore      Tauranga       Dance Education Centre
India Shackel         Wellington      Fiona Haines Dance Academy
Kezia Shepherd     Wellington      Fiona Haines Dance Academy
Kohana Williams    Auckland         Mt Eden Ballet Academy
Jadyn Bagayas       Auckland        Philippa Campbell School of Ballet
Elliot Gordon         Auckland        Philippa Campbell School of Ballet

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:

  • have quality time with their mentor through the year
  • keep in contact with their mentor via Movitae* with options for easy video communication and feedback
  • watch company class and rehearsal while the dancers are on tour
  • spend time backstage with the company
  • receive two complimentary tickets to selected performances
  • participate in exclusive master classes
  • spend a day in Wellington at the RNZB’s home. Students will observe class and rehearsals, take part in a class and visit backstage workrooms, including costume.

*Movitae is an interactive video learning platform specialising in physical performance. Learn more here.

Participants’ feedback

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.

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

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