Wellington Summer School 2018

Please note:  We are also offering morning dance/performing arts workshops at our City studio – Tuesday 23rd to Friday 26th January – for more info click here

Registration & Information


As part of the Summer School, four scholarships will be offered:

  • Classical Scholarship Summer School 2019
  • Contemporary Scholarship Summer School 2019
  • Wellington Dance ‘Progressing Ballet Technique’ Junior Scholarship Term 1 2018*
  • Wellington Dance ‘Progressing Ballet Technique’ Senior Scholarship Term 1 2018*

* Open to Wellington Dance and Kapiti Dance students:  To find out more about our new classes Progressing Ballet Technique please see https://wellingtondance.co.nz/classes/



Tuesday 23rd January to Friday 26th January


Wellington Dance, 182 Thorndon Quay


9.30am to 3.30pm each day.  Student will be in class or on supervised breaks.


$340 (Tuesday to Friday).  

$50 non-refundable deposit due on registration, balance $290 January 10th.  

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



Martin James

Martin James grew up in Christchurch, and was a graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance before becoming a Principal Dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

He moved to London in 1985 and joined the English National Ballet, where he was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1987.  In 1990 he joined the Deutsche Opera Ballet, Germany, as a Principal Dancer, followed by six years at the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, receiving a Knighthood of Service medal from the Danish Queen for his contribution to dance in Denmark.

Martin danced most of the principal classical and contemporary roles in his career, and had roles created for him. He has partnered renowned ballerinas including Natalia Makarova, Lynn Seymour, Sylvie Guillem, Ekaterina Maximova and Alessandra Ferri.

Martin retired from dancing in 2000, becoming Ballet Master for the Royal Danish Ballet. After this he decided to travel as a freelance guest teacher/ballet master. Most recently he has taught and coached dancers at the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Australian Ballet, New Zealand School of Dance, School of Alberta Ballet, Canada, and at several pre-professional ballet schools in Australia. He was an adjudicator at the Alana Haines Awards in 2013, and hosted the event in subsequent years.

Martin is also a pianist and an artist, but his first love is coaching and mentoring young dancers.


Alison Pond

Alison holds top qualifications including the Royal Academy of Dance Advanced Teaching Diploma.

Alison is an examiner and tutor for the Royal Academy of Dance, travelling nationally and internationally examining and tutoring teachers.  Alison recently served as the Head of Faculty for the RAD International Summer School in Malaysia.  


Jasmine Sargent

Jasmine comes from a family that is deeply entrenched in the international dance scene and contemporary dance culture, and has been teaching for the past 16 years in both Australia and New Zealand.

From 2010 to mid-2017, Jasmine owned and ran a school in Tauranga, The Dance House, where she taught under the BBO, NZAMD and AJDA syllabi.

In 2013 Jasmine founded a youth initiative, Contrast Dance, which seeks to connect young NZ dancers with the contemporary genre. Jasmine is an advocate for refining contemporary dance, restoring our distinctive NZ style at an amateur level, in an effort to combat the Americanisation of the genre. Jasmine has a stylistic focus on correct technical execution and flow, and the exploration of artistic expression through movement—a refreshing contrast to the American style and the popularisation of acrobatics and theatrics.

Jasmine seeks to encourage creative growth and empower young people through the arts. While it is important for young dancers to measure their successes in competition and examination, Jasmine encourages her students to view their development in other ways—looking at their personal growth and creativity as markers of progress.


Please note:

  • Timetable will be confirmed via email before the summer school commences.
  • Levels may be split or amended depending on enrolment
  • Numbers are limited to 14 dancers per level
  • Summer School hours will be 9.30am to 3.30pm daily
  • Friday will start at 9.30am and will finish at 3.30pm also with a picnic afternoon tea and outdoor performance (weather permitting) nearby.  Parents are invited to the picnic performance!  If weather unsuitable we will remain in the studio.


JUNIOR (10-11 YRS, RAD Grades 4 & 5)

9:30am – 11.00am: Warm Up & Repertoire

11.00am – 11.15am: Morning Tea

11.15am – 12.45pm: Contemporary

12.45pm – 1.30pm: Lunch

1.30pm – 3.00pm: Classical

3.00pm – 3.30pm: Stretching & Plenary


INTERMEDIATE (12-13 YRS, RAD Intermediate Foundation, Grade 6)

9:30am – 11.00am: Warm Up & Classical

11.00am – 11.15am: Morning Tea

11.15am – 12.45pm: Repertoire

12.45pm – 1.30pm: Lunch

1.30pm – 3.00pm: Contemporary

3.00pm – 3.30pm: Stretching & Plenary


SENIOR (13+ YRS RAD Intermediate, Grade 7, Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1)

9:30am – 11.00am: Warm Up & Contemporary

11.00am – 11.15am: Morning Tea

11.15am – 12.45pm: Classical & Pointe

12.45pm – 1.30pm: Lunch

1.30pm – 3.00pm: Repertoire

3.00pm – 3.30pm: Stretching & Plenary


Any questions please email office@wellingtondance.co.nz

Please note we are also offering Performing Arts 1/2 day workshops for ages 5-8, and 9-12 year olds at our City studio, from Tuesday 23rd to Friday 26th January.  For more information, click here.