For Dance Teachers and Dancers

RNZB National Mentor Programme


A chance for committed students to be mentored by the Royal New Zealand Ballet dancers and Artistic Team. Spend time with them during each season and get an inside experience of life as a professional dancer. This one year programme is offered to students studying at Intermediate and above levels of classical ballet who are aged between 13 and 17 years as at 1 January 2022.

My mentor has been so kind and welcoming and has guided me along the way. It’s also great to be able to talk to her about what’s going on in my life, she’s given me tips on dancing, reassurance and told me all about her dancing adventures. Overall it’s been a great experience to see what my life could be like in the future, and I’m so grateful that I’ve had this opportunity. Amelia Simpson 2021 Mentor programme participant

Meet this year’s RNZB Mentor students

Entry into the programme is by application only and successful applicants will be charged a one-off fee of $100 for the year.

Selected mentored students will:

  • watch an RNZB company class
  • observe rehearsals conducted by RNZB Artistic staff
  • spend time backstage during productions
  • receive two complimentary tickets to selected performances
  • have quality time with RNZB mentors throughout the year
  • participate in exclusive master classes
  • spend two days in Wellington at the RNZB’s home to observe company class and rehearsals, take part in activities such as classes and workshops and be immersed in all aspect of the professional dancer’s life, including visits to the the costume shop

(Subject to Covid 19 restrictions, elements of this programme may be delivered digitally)

Applications open on Friday 1 October 2021
Applications close on Friday 14 January 2022
Successful applicants will be notified on 1st February 2022.

Download the application form.

For all enquiries, please email  or contact RNZB Education, Community & Accessibility Manager Pascale Parenteau,  021 678 521

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