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About Us

Southern Ballet students aspire to perfection in Classical Ballet technique which forms the core of a young dancer’s physical training. 

Founded in 1974 by Miss Lorraine Peters, the Southern Ballet School was built up on an outstanding reputation with many students achieving distinction in their careers as dancers, performing in New Zealand and internationally to principal status. 

The school is affiliated to the British Ballet Organisation, The Royal Academy of Dance and NZ Academy of Modern Dance all of whom demand a high standard of its teachers and students, and whose training syllabus are committed to the achievement of that standard. 

 The philosophy of the Southern Ballet School is to train dancers through the enjoyment of learning dance, to inspire confidence in all students, to develop movement and deportment and, above all, to widen the student’s imagination and appreciation of music from classical ballet to modern jazz. Discipline and respect for self and others are essential elements in our training philosophy as is the fostering of an active participation in and support of the arts. 

With two large studios, one which is converted to a theatre for our school holiday productions with capacity of an audience of 80, a small studio for private or small group lessons, along with wardrobe space, a lounge, café and administration area we are now settled in this new home. Due to demand for extra classes additional space was leased in nearby Hawdon Street. Previously a vehicle restoration workshop the space is now a fully refurbished as our 4th dance studio. Opened for the 4th term of 2013; Studio 4 is now the home of our Modern School. 

Southern Ballet offers ballet classes in R.A.D. major syllabus, B.B.O. grade and major syllabus and NZAMD jazz and contemporary syllabuses. Classes begin at Pre-school level (3 years plus) to Advanced level; with special tuition for boys. 

A full time Enhanced Training and Performance Course offers specialised tuition for committed students considering a career in dance. 

Adult ballet courses are designed to encourage students wishing to return to dancing. 




Founder Lorraine Peters, QSM, Master Tutor, ARAD Life Member, ABBO
 Tutors Lioudmila Solovieva, Vaganova (Hons), ABBO (Dist)
  Antoinette McKay, BBO Full Teacher Reg, Classical Ballet & Pilates Tutor
  Glen Harris, BBO (Hons), ABBO (Hons), Full Teacher Reg.
  Sean James, Classical Ballet & Contemporary Tutor

Sarah Johnstone NZAMD Reg Teacher

  Amanda Ganev, Ballet Tutor
  Viana Ta, Jazz & Contemporary Tutor
  Eden Warner, Jazz & Contemporary Tutor
  Kathryn Holdsworth, Stretching & Conditioning Tutor
  Maureen Coulter, ARAD, Registered Teacher RAD, MA, PhD, Lamada TCC, Post Grad. Teachers Certificate
  Polina Loman; Classical ballet & Contemporary Tutor
 Pianist  Wayne Twohill, BA, LTCL
 Wardrobe  Sarah Johnstone
Administration  Marion Champ
Assistant Adina Ren


Southern Ballet Students

 Focus on Stage Craft and Performance

In our own custom built Theatre.
Exam syllabus for Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary.


Southern Ballet Theatre Information

Code of Conduct Here

Heath and Safety Policy Here 


Carlyle Street Studio 1


Hawdon Street Studio 4


School Terms

Southern Ballet's school terms are set around the four terms for the academic school year.

Term Dates 2020

Term 1  Monday  3 February -- Thursday 9 April
Term 2  Tuesday  28 April -- Saturday 4 July
Term 3  Monday 20 July -- Saturday 26 September
Term 4  Monday 12 October -- Saturday 12 December


Public Holidays

Public HolidaysThe school is closed on all public holidays.



R.A.D (Royal Academy of Dance) major exams early August each year. B.B.O (British Ballet Organization) exams are held in October each year at Grade and Major level. examinations on request. N.Z.A.M.D (New Zealand Association of Modern Dance) exams are held in August for Jazz, and October for Contemporary.




Southern Ballet Theatre is a unique facility where studio one is transformed into our own Theatre where performances are held regularly throughout the year. These include; Students from the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Ballet Companies and Junior, Intermediate and Senior Jazz Companies, usually performing during the school holidays. A special Beginners performance is held at the end of Term 3 and a Jazz performance is held in October. A larger Theatre is booked for our end of year production involving all students from the school.



Holiday Grade and Major Schools

Holiday School is essential for the preparation of all examination students and is held in the school holidays prior to the exam dates - these run for one week with daily classes. The jazz school runs in the July school holidays and the BBO ballet exam school runs in the September/October holidays. RAD exam school dates are advised at the start of each year.



Competitions/Dance Awards

Competition and dance award work is available; parents should contact their child's tutor for further information. Early notification is recommended due to high tutor demand.



Private Lessons - Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary

Private lessons, which enhance a student's ability for examination and competitions, may be arranged through the office. Payment must be pre-paid in advance of the lesson at the office. You will receive a private lesson voucher to hand to the tutor during the lesson time.



Junior, Intermediate and Senior Ballet Companies

We offer a training and performance Programme for dedicated students. Dancers are accepted for the Junior Ballet Company from Grade 3 level and above, Intermediate Ballet Company from Grade 5 level above, and the Senior Ballet Company dancers are auditioned from Intermediate level above. These auditions are held annually. For students new to the school, applications will be taken on a case by-case basis during the year, please see the Artistic Director or your tutor for consideration. Grade 2 students of outstanding ability may also apply.



Junior, Intermediate and Senior Jazz Companies

Offering a training and performance program for the talented and dedicated Jazz student. Auditions are held annually and applications for entry during the year can be addressed to Sarah Johnstone, Head of Jazz School.