On 6 March 1967, the New Zealand School of Dance (then the National School of Ballet) opened its doors to aspiring young dancers, to provide training for the dance profession. Many dancers trained at the School have gone on to careers at the RNZB; artistic staff and dancers from the RNZB have in turn contributed to the School as teachers and choreographers: a pas de deux lasting half a century.
Celebrating 50 years of achievement, our national dance school, now recognised as the Official School of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, will present a season of visionary choreography at the St James Theatre. Saluting the many teachers, choreographers and dancers who have left their mark upon the School, and upon dance in New Zealand, performances will feature students of the NZSD alongside dancers from the RNZB. This programme of ballet and contemporary dance honours the School’s rich heritage, looking towards a vibrant future.
For 50 years the New Zealand School of Dance has played a leading role in shaping New Zealand’s ever-evolving dance culture. The RNZB is delighted to partner with the NZSD for the 50th Anniversary Graduation Season, and to celebrate this special milestone with the School and students past and present. We look forward to memorable performances!