The Auckland Academy of Dance provides high caliber training with professional teaching staff in classical ballet, jazz, contemporary and hip hop dance and more recently theatre arts.
Classes are taught for preschool children aged 3 and 4 years and school aged children from 5-18 years, with some adults classes available.
Some of our dancers have gone on to enjoy successful careers in dance, as performers, teachers and choreographers. Some now bring their own children here to experience the enjoyment of dance themselves. The Auckland Academy of Dance is a place where many friendships begin and last a life-time, but most importantly a life long love of dance is developed and nurtured.
We are located at Unit L, First floor, 44 Portage Rd, New Lynn, Auckland. Access to our studios is around the back of the building, via McWhirter Place, just off Portage Road and then turn into the Portage Road Business Park, we are upstairs next to Kohu Road Ice Cream and above Te Pou in New Lynn. See our contacts page for a map.
We have four large purpose built studios three with wooden floors and the fourth with a specialized dance floor. All studios are fully equipped with mirrors and barres. Our Studios also have bathrooms, reception, office and our own small dance supplies shop on site.
We welcome visitors at any time, just see us at reception when you arrive.
To provide students with quality dance education within a caring and well equipped environment.
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To develop and nurture a life long love of dance in all our students.
Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance
Carole Speirs, the Director of Ballet, oversees all teaching, examination preparation and coaching for performances in Classical Ballet and Contemporary dance. We offer classical ballet training following the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Grades and Vocational Syllabi from the Pre Primary classes aged 5 years to Advanced 2 and Solo Seal.
The classical ballet training focuses on correct technique and encourages musicality and artistic accomplishment.
Pre School classes provide a foundation in dance. Children are introduced to the basic movements of jumping, skipping, running and hopping. They learn about rhythm and music with an emphasis on dancing for fun.
Contemporary dance classes are offered to students from Grade 5 Ballet upwards. We follow the New Zealand Association of Modern Dance (NZAMD) Syllabus and offer classes from Introductory to Level 6.
Jazz & Hip Hop Classes
Our Jazz and Hip Hop classes are taught by our talented and highly experienced staff. We teach the Jazz Dance New Zealand (JDNZ) syllabi for both Jazz and Hip Hop.
Classes are available for Pre School Jazz for 4 year olds through to advanced levels. Hip Hop classes are available from 5 years to Advanced levels.
See our Classes page for more information