Southern Ballet student in Alana Haines Awards Final!

Southern Ballet students recently participated in the prestigious Alana Haines Competition held in Wellington. This competition encourages young dancers from all of Australasia to dance in both classic and contemporary dance styles in front of an international panel of judges. Our participating students did very well and the experience was invaluable for these aspiring young dancers. Many thanks to the teachers for their extraordinary efforts. Congratulations to Juliette Gray  who was a junior finalists also receiving the Audience Choice Award and a scholarship for a weeks training at the Auckland Academy of Dance and to Alexander Bishop who was awarded a  wonderful opportunity being the recipient of a 4 week scholarship to the  Harid Conservatory in Florida USA. 


Juliette Gray  - AHA 2017 junior finalists, received the Audience Choice Award

Click here for an article on Alana Haines Awards on Stuff - April 2017

Outstanding Achievements 2016

Christchurch Ballet Society South Island Awards

Junior 2nd place                            Sophia Bae

Senior 2nd Place                           Jamie Hughes

B.B.O Certificates of Excellence October 2016

Grade 3                                      Ethan Carranceja             

Intermediate Foundation            Charlotte McKay      Juliette Gray                     

Advanced One                             Jody Xu                 Holly McKay        Sophia Bae                          

N.Z.A.M.D Scholarship Nominees

Jazz   Jazz

Al        Alexander Bishop                           Aoife Hyland                                  Destiny Beynon

Gabriella Hawke                             Holly McKay                                   Jody Xu

Lillian Montgomery                          Mackenna Wilson                            Nellie Evison    

Oliver Davidson                              Pieta McAleer-Harding                      Rebecca Cumming  

Selina Maslen                                 Sophia Bae        


Alexander Bishop                            Annaliese Graham                           Aoife Hyland 

Bayley Anderson                             Callahan Laird                                 Nellie Evison

Destiny Beynon                               Holly McKay                                   Jody Xu

Lily Montgomery                             Poppy Cox                                      Rebecca Cumming

Selina Maslen                                 Sophia Bae                                    Stephanie Watson


Lily Montgomery                             Mackenna Wilson                            Oliver Davidson

                                          Sophia Bae        

3rd Place – Contemporary             Sophia Bae                        



NZSD 2016 Associates                   

Annaliese Graham                          Callahan Laird                                   Jamie Hughes   

Outstanding Achievements & Seasons 2015


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Update on Student Tasman Davids


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Tasman Davids was with Southern Ballet until extending his training in Sydney in 2009. He returned to Southern in 2011 to prepare for auditions and was accepted into the Vaganova Academy of Ballet, (Kirov) in St Petersburg, Russia. This school trained Nijinsky, Pavlova, Nureyev, Baryshnikov and many of today's current stars. He was fortunate in receiving many scholarships and sponsorships so that he could attend. He flew to Russia in August 2011 after initiating and performing in a Gala Concert with the Dame Malvina Major Foundation to raise money for the Theatre Royal's restoration. Tasman is currently in his first year there and is the first Australasian to study in the full time program alongside the Russian students. In January he danced in the Nutcracker at the Mariinsky Theatre and is currently preparing for a performance at the theatre in the Hermitage.

Tasman Standing on the stage in the Mariinsky Theatre, Russia

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Outstanding Achievements 2011

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