April Ballet Academy 2020




April Ballet Academy runs for four days – Tuesday 14th April through Friday 17th April.  This is after Easter weekend, first week of school holidays.


Wellington Dance, 182 Thorndon Quay

  • During April Academy the studio will be open from 9am to 4.30pm.
  • Students will either be in class or on supervised breaks.
  • The class timetable by level will be confirmed via email before the April Academy commences. 
  • Class hours by level are indicated below.
  • The start and finish times will most likely be staggered by level.  We aim for juniors to do a morning session, finishing around lunch time.
Class Levels:

JUNIOR (RAD Grades 3, 4, 5, or equivalent)

  • Classical Ballet (1 hour daily)
  • Contemporary (1 hour daily)
  • Pilates (1 hour daily)
  • Anatomy (30 mins daily)
  • Tuition:  $280

INTERMEDIATE (RAD Intermediate Foundation / Intermediate, or equivalent)

  • Classical Ballet (1.25 hours daily)
  • Repertoire & Pointe (1.25 hours daily)
  • Contemporary  (1.25 hours daily)
  • Pilates (1 hour daily)
  • Tuition:  $380

ADVANCED (RAD Advanced Foundation, 1 & 2, or equivalent)

  • Classical Ballet (1.50 hours daily)
  • Repertoire & Pointe (1.25 hours daily)
  • Contemporary  (1.50 hours daily)
  • Pilates (1 hour daily)
  • Tuition:  $420
  • JUNIOR (RAD Grades 3, 4 & 5) Tuition:  $280
  • INTERMEDIATE (RAD Intermediate Foundation & Intermediate)  Tuition: $380
  • ADVANCED (RAD Advanced Foundation, 1 & 2) Tuition:  $420

$50 non-refundable deposit due on registration, balance April 1st. 

Payment plans are available (deposit must be paid), please email office@wellingtondance.co.nz




Katie Hurst-Saxon

Christchurch born and trained, Katie was offered a full contract at the age of 16 with the Royal New Zealand Ballet. This led to a 9 year career with the RNZB touring to the UK, China, the USA and Australia, as well as regular tours of NZ. She has had the privilege of dancing the Principal roles in many of the great ballets such as: Coppelia, Giselle, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, and Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. Katie has also performed Soloist roles in Carmen, Madame Butterfly, Dracula, Milagros and many other productions. After teaching, adjudicating, and freelance dancing, for 5 years around NZ and Australia, Katie joined the Victorian State Ballet in Melbourne as Principal Artist. While back in Christchurch during the Christmas holidays in 2016, Katie took class with the RNZB and was offered another contract. Once again she had the opportunity to perform Principal and Soloist roles, these included Vivette in Roland Petit’s L’Arelsienne and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet. Now retired from dancing, Katie is passionate about passing on her knowledge and experience to the aspiring students of today.


Holly Newsome

Holly graduated from the NZ School of Dance in 2016 and since has gone on to initiate her own project based contemporary dance company ‘Discotheque’ which recently received “Most Promising Emerging Company” and was nominated for the “Most Outstanding Ensemble” in the 2019 Wellington Fringe awards. 

Holly was also commissioned by Footnote NZ Dance in 2017 to create a new work that was toured nationally. Discotheque is currently creating its 8th work, ‘Funk (ad)’ which will premiere in Wellington this year thanks to Creative NZ.

Among her personal projects, Holly has also worked as an assistant choreographer, dancer and lead role for the World of Wearable Arts.


Jocelyn McGregor

Jocelyn McGregor opened New Zealand’s first Pilates-based exercise studio at the beginning of 1992. She trained in the Pilates Method in London with Alan Herdman in the 1980’s, and helped to establish the Body Maintenance Studio, Covent Garden, London with Lesley Ackland, where she worked from 1987 to 1991.She studied further in New York in 1994 and 1996. She has a personal background beyond Pilates in physical theatre, contemporary dance, ballet, yoga, circus (aerial acrobatics), Alexander Technique and dance kinesiology, and has trained dancers from many of the world’s leading dance companies.

For the past twenty four years she has run her own private practice in Wellington, New Zealand, originally working within the Royal New Zealand Ballet, where she was the remedial consultant and body conditioning / injury rehabilitation teacher for thirteen years. She introduced Pilates-based body conditioning classes to the New Zealand School of Dance in 1992, and for several years worked with their students on a regular basis in the studio at the RNZB.

Hannah Dellow

Hannah Dellow completed a degree in Applied Arts majoring in Commercial Dance through Te Auaha / Whitireia Polytechnic.   Since returning to Wellington from London Hannah has focused on running ‘Opium Entertainment’, a platform for Wellington’s professional commercial dancers, and becoming a qualified pilates tutor, with a focus on the Lastics Stretch Technique method, created in NYC for dancers, by dancers.



As part of the April Ballet Academy, two scholarships will be offered:

  • Classical Scholarship April Academy 2021
  • Contemporary Scholarship April Academy 2021



Any questions please email office@wellingtondance.co.nz