The Associates Programme identifies ballet and contemporary dance students who have the talent for a career in dance performance.
Associates travel from throughout the country to the New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington for four weekends of tuition a year.
A tiered structure sees students aged 13 - 16 (years 9-11 at secondary school) progressing through the programme as Junior, Intermediate and Senior Associates.
Associates can attend masterclasses in their region hosted by the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and once a year Senior Associates join the full-time students for an immersion week.
The School actively encourages entry at Junior Associate level (year 9 at School).
Current Associates do not need to re-audition annually, however they are assessed regularly and continue on the programme by invitation only.
The programme is free of charge, but students must cover their own travel and accomodation costs.
Those wishing to enter full-time training at NZSD are required to attend the full-time audition.
For more information about the Associates programme please email Head of Associates Christine Gunn or phone 04 381 9223