For new parents…

You start by taking your 3 year old to dance class as something to fill an hour of her week and give her an outlet for her energy. She comes home from class and continues to dance around the house, wearing a few spare scarves from your cupboard or last years costume from the dress up box – asking every day there after “do I go to dance today?”

Baby Ballet

Next thing you know, you’re complaining about the hours spent driving back and forth to the studio, the later-than-you’d-like rehearsal (on a school night?), time sitting and waiting at the studio for classes to end when you have a million other places to be, and don’t even get me started on the money – tuition, shoes, master classes, shoes, fundraisers, shoes. Did I mention shoes?

You fret and worry that a “normal” childhood is passing her by. They’re not on the netball team, they’re not a runner or in the swim club. They’re rarely at the dinner table because they have a class almost every night of the week. Family holidays are planned around summer schools. But before you know it, they’ve danced their last concert and discarded their last pair of shoes and it’s all over too soon.

Pointe Shoes

When it’s all over and they’ve left the stage for the last time, will you remember the hours, the money, the worry of the physical toll? My guess is “NO”. You will remember the gifts dance has given them: the ability to prioritise and multitask, a strong, flexible body, the ability to handle pressure and last minute changes, and an appreciation for music not currently heard on the radio. You will be grateful you are sending your daughter/son out into the world with with a strong work ethic and long attention span.

You will have a great sense of peace knowing your daughter/son is part of a strong circle of friends equally capable of lifting one another up when the road is rough, as they are out celebrating one another’s triumphs. In the end, you can pat yourself on the back because taking them to that first dance class 15 years ago was one of the best parenting decisions you made.

– This originally appeared as a blog post on the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet site entitled “Confessions of a Former Dance Mom”


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Fees are payable at the beginning of each term and are “per term” fee, not per class attended.

All classes, 45 minutes $110 term
Half hour private lesson $30
Casual Class fee $16

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The fees apply for the entire term and do not change if classes are missed or unattended. This means there are no deductions in the following term for any missed classes in the current term.

Cancelled Classes

It is with our best endeavor that we try to ensure there is no need to cancel classes. However, in the unfortunate event where a class is cancelled, wherever possible this class will be rescheduled for a later date.


Accounts are payable in advance on a per term basis. Accounts are preferably paid by direct debit but may also be paid by cash or cheque.

Late Accounts

Any issues with your accounts should be made known immediately. Any accounts more than 21 days overdue, and no alternative arrangement for payment has been made will be liable for a late payment fee of $20.00 per month.

Discontinuation of Classes

Once a student is enrolled we require two weeks notice of cancellation. For the consideration of everyone, we also require notice if you wish to drop or change any classes in the forthcoming term.

Exam Fees

Exam fees for both Modern Jazz and Ballet will only be accepted if term fees have been paid. Exam fees must be paid prior to the exam and by the date specified at the time.

Performance Opportunities

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Please find additional performance opportunities detailed in our Media category.

International Dance Day

Celebrating the diversity of dance. This is a great family day full of dance. Dance workshops for children and adults and free performances.

Tri-Annual Da Ci Conference

The daCi Conference is setup to increase and develop opportunities for young people to experience dance as creators, performers, and spectators throughout the world.  It ensures the dance interests of young people are recognized and developed and develops an awareness of cultural diversity.

It encourages and makes available research into all aspects of dance for, with, and related to young people.  Advocate the inclusion of dance in both general education and community programs, an facilitates exchange and collaboration among members regarding dance for young people.

  • The 2009 daCi Conference was held in Jamaica and was a huge success.
  • The 2012 daCi Conference will be held in Taiwan.  See your teacher for details.

Visiting Shows

From time to time we are fortunate to have visiting shoes with New Zealand and overseas choreographers.  These will be advised in our newsletter and your teacher.

Annual Show

Each year students are given the opportunity to perform for the public in a stage production. The show usually consists of three evening performances and one matinee, held at a suitable venue. The huge success of these amateur productions is a tribute to the teachers, children and adult helpers who contribute so much of their time and effort.

The following commitments from students and parents are required for those participating in our annual production:

  • Extra rehearsals – weekdays and weekends (may include school holidays, depending on the date of the show).
  • Show fees – helps cover costs of costumes, lighting, equipment hire and administration only.
  • Parental assistance – Supervising dancers, sewing, administration, advertising etc.

These performances are costumed. NB: Costumes remain the property of The Wakatu Dance Theatre. See more in the updated Show category.

Community Functions and Private Functions

We love the opportunity to participate in community and private events. Your teacher will advise you as these arise during the year.


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A commitment from both students and parent/caregiver (or those paying the bill) is imperative when doing exams.


  • Examination fee
  • Extra class fees
  • Cost for notes and music (where applicable)
  • Exam day music/pianist fee
  • Tidy regulation clothing and neat hair appropriate to the exam being sat.
  • Tidy regulation shoes appropriate to the exam being sat.

Regular attendance and extra practice are essential. Examinations are not compulsory.