The Dance Academy is an extra-curricular opportunity for experienced dance students to further extend their knowledge, technique and skill-base through participating in weekly sessions. It is necessary for all Dance Academy students to have a minimum of two years of formal dance training, and to continue with their training outside of school during Years 9, 10 and 11 in order to maximise their capabilities.

Each year, Dance Academy students learn a variety of dances such as Contemporary, Jazz and Hip Hop, which are then entered into the annual Dance New Zealand Made Interschool competition, held during Term 3; these are often used to help senior students gain extra NCEA Credits where possible. These dances are also performed at an end of term Dance Showcase and can be further selected to be performed at the end of year Prize Giving ceremony.

There is also the opportunity for Dance Academy students to participate in Masterclasses given by dance professionals from companies such as the RNZB and Footnote New Zealand Dance, and attend performances by these companies at a discounted cost.

​​​​​​​Please Note: Entry into the Dance Academy is through an audition our school production auditions at the end of the previous school year.

IMAGES: These images are all taken from the Interschool Dance NZmade 2020 Palmerston North Regional competition. The Dance Academy performances won several major awards, including: a Choreography Award, 1st Runner Up Team (Year 9-10), 1st and 2nd Runner Up Teams (Year 11-13), Team Champions (Open), PN Regional Champions (Open Team), Overall Team Champions (Regional 2), Overall Team Champions (for both Regionals 1 and 2). Due to Covid-19, the dance Academy were unable to compete at National level.


Students who are accepted into the Dance Academy are required to meet standards in the following areas:​​​​​​​

1. An approved course of study

2. Participation in all Dance Academy activities.

3. Dance performances - Showcases, Dance NZ Made; Optional opportunities to perform at Open Night, School Production, Prize Giving ceremonies

Members of the Dance Academy qualify for three standards awarded throughout their time at school. These being:

Bronze - Years 9 and 10

Silver - Years 11 and 12

Gold - Year 13

(See below for further information)

Further requirements of the Dance Academy

1. Students must take Dance as a subject in Years 9, 10 and 11 (optional in Years 12 and 13) 

2. Students must be willing to attend rehearsals before school - Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday - 8.00am - 9.00am (dependent on the rehearsal group required or activity) and after school Monday / Tuesday / Thursday 3.00pm - 4.30pm (dependent on the rehearsal group required). We do our best to avoid clashes with studio lessons or other rehearsals such as the school production.

3. Students are required to participate in Masterclasses / Dance Workshops being given by visiting professional dance educators from companies such as RNZB and Footnote New Zealand Dance.

4. Students must show responsibility towards and respect for all aspects of the performing arts facilities.

5. Students should display caring, passion, dedication and self-motivation.

6. Students are also expected to keep up with their academic studies in all subject areas - completing all work to the best of their ability and meeting deadlines.


All students who wish to audition for Dance Academy will be expected to meet the following criteria and will need to provide appropriate evidence:

1. You must perform TWO dance sequences of approx. 1 - 2 minutes in length in any genre of your choice (please note that Tap is not suitable as the auditions normally take place on a carpeted surface). The first dance must be studio-taught (this means taught by a qualified professional dance teacher). The second dance must be self-choreographed (this is to allow you to perform movements that will allow you to show off any other skills you might have).

2. You need to provide a written Reference from your Dance Teacher, stating your attributes and why you would be an asset to the Dance Academy.

3. You need to provide a Dance CV - stating why you think you would be an asset to the Dance Academy, your dance experience, exams you have passed (with the Grades you achieved), competition experience, plus anything else you feel is relevant (photos are also helpful).

4. Music should ideally be on a USB rather than a CD for easier connectivity to a Laptop (which is connected to a portable speaker). You are welcome to bring your own device to play your music - Spotify and Youtube music is fine as well.