About Us

The Studio has been training dancers in Dunedin for over 60 years, many of whom have gone on to make dance their career. [Most recently Tatyana Carr accepted into fulltime training at the Alberta School Of Ballet in Canada. In 2019 Tat has been accepted to attend the Royal Danish Summer School. Imogen Sorley graduating from the NZ School of Dance in 2013 & Jordan Mullin graduating from The Royal Ballet School London in 2012, now dancing with the Staatsballett Berlin] 

Principal Robyn Sinclair feels that although this is a fantastic achievement, the most important part of learning dance is enjoyment. “Lets face it, most students attend class because they want to dance, if you produce a dancer, then that’s a bonus”

Teachers at the studio continue with their own professional development by attending courses & workshops to enhance their qualifications & knowledge.

Most recently new updates for NZAMD Jazz & all the RAD Ballet syllabi have been updated.The new jazz dances & combinations give the work a fresh & up-to-date look. The new ballet sylabii showcases pure classical technique alongside neo-classical movements with inspirational music.   

Tuition is offered in RAD Classical Ballet [Pre Primary–Advanced 2], NZAMD American Jazz [Grade 1–Solo Seal], Adult Jazz or Ballet classes, NZAMD Hip Hop, NZAMD Stretch, Leap & Spin, Creative Dance for 4 year olds, Mum & Me Creative Dance for 3 year olds & a caregiver & Adult Keep Fit classes.

Recently added classes include Musical theatre, Dance Groove for Adults - a fun exercise class, Discovering Repertoire- new RAD syllabus focusing on dances from classical ballets & extension classes in Progressing Ballet Technique focusing on core stability & muscle memory.

During 2019 Ms Sinclair became a Silver Swans Licensee. The Royal Academy of Dance developed Silver Swans in response to a growing demand for ballet classes for older learners. Sessions are based upon research into dance practice for older participants from our Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing project. This project identified psychological benefits of dance, such as perceived improvements in quality of life, as well as physiological advantages, such as improved balance. 

Classes begin with fresh syllabus work at the start of each year so it is important for parents to understand that this is the best time for your child to begin lessons.

The end of year concerts are always a spectacle & 2019 was no different, showcasing a wide variety of dance styles from performers ranging in age from 3-over 60.