Contemporary Grades

With a huge range of classes and a goal to inspire small steps and big dreams in every student, your child will feel included and supported here at Wellington Dance.  If you'd like help finding the perfect class, just contact our friendly team.

Contemporary is a modern form of ballet


Contemporary classes are offered to students from 10 years +.  Contemporary offers the dancer emotional freedom and expression through abstract movement. 


Interesting in starting contemporary?

We welcome beginners of all ages.  Please contact us (office@wellingtondance.co.nz) and we will place you in the best class for you.

Levels are:

Contemporary Grade 3 (45 min class) 10+ yrs approx. Contemporary dance foundation class
Contemporary Grade 4 & Senior Foundation (1 hour class) Taking Ballet or Jazz Grade 4 or Senior Foundation 1, or by teacher placement.
Contemporary Senior 1 & 2 (1 hour class) Taking Senior 1 or 2 Ballet or Jazz , or by teacher placement.
Contemporary Senior 3+ (1 hour class) Taking Senior 3+ Ballet or Jazz , or by teacher placement.


Class Time and Day 2023


Contemporary Grade 3 Thursday 5.00-5.45 Thorndon
Contemporary Grade 4 & Senior Foundation Thursday 6.45-7.45 Thorndon


Dance schools all around the world wear a dance uniform, to help students and teachers alike get the most out of class. Long hair should be in a ballet bun for ballet or tied back neatly for class.

For your first class, don’t worry if you don’t have the uniform yet, just wear something comfortable to move in, and bare feet.  Upon enrolment we will send you all the information you need about dance uniform, hair etc.  

Option 1

  • Lavender wide-strap leotard
  • Black WDA shorts, or 3/4 dance leggings

Option 2

  • Black WDA t-shirt
  • Black leggings




Registration Fee:

A one-off registration fee of $25 per new student or $40 per new family.  

Tuition Term Packages:

2024 terms are a minimum of 8 weeks, some terms are longer (9 or 10 weeks) but there is no extra cost.

Term tuition packages include:

  • Weekly class
  • Student access to WDA Practice page (dance at home class videos, exam dances & exercises)
  • Preschoolers:  Annual Certificate Presentation Class 
  • Juniors, Grades & Seniors:  Annual opportunity to enter for performance awards, medal tests or exams, with the Royal Academy of Dance or New Zealand Association of Modern Dance.
  • Opportunity to shine on stage!  We do a theatre show once every two years and a relaxed studio demonstration in the alternate year –  a nice balance of low key and high excitement!
  • All required performance rehearsals.
  • Catch up class/es in another class of your level, by appointment & space permitting, in cases of vacation/illness.
  • Satisfaction guarantee – we will work with you to find a great class fit, or refund any tuition paid.
  • Plus lots of fun events & studio surprises throughout the year!


45-Min Classes (1x/week):  $188 per term

45-Min Classes (2x+/week) e.g. Ballet & Jazz:  $184 per class, per term


1-Hour Classes (1x/week):  $198 per term

1-Hour Classes (2x+/week) e.g. Ballet & Jazz:  $194 per class, per term


Additional Tuition Discounts:

Family discount = 5%

Annual payment discount = 5%


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Choose from classes for every age & style. Plus we offer a huge range of weekend classes!

Studio Locations

We offer dance classes in Thorndon, Khandallah, Wellington City & Seatoun. Browse our Wellington locations below:

  • Thorndon

    182 Thorndon Quay (next to Beaurepairs)

  • Seatoun

    Seatoun Village Hall, 27 Ventnor St, Seatoun

  • Khandallah

    Khandallah Town Hall, Ganges Road, Khandallah