Wellington Dance Academy

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About Us

Wellington Dance (formerly known as Paula Hunt Dance) offers ballet, contemporary and jazz classes for all ages from preschool to advanced.

Learning ballet at our studio promotes good posture, poise and strength.  We work on developing a confident & assured individual, learning skills and perseverance that can be used in any area of life.

Our main studio is a boutique studio at 186 Thorndon Quay, Wellington.  We also offer classes in Wellington City, Seatoun and Khandallah.

Preschoolers, Juniors & Grades – preschoolers right through to Grade 7 (teenagers)

We offer classes from preschool (2 1/2 years) right through to teenagers in ballet, jazz and contemporary dance.  For class descriptions, timetable and tuition fees, please visit our main website www.wellingtondance.co.nz

Intermediate & Advanced Ballet 

Paula Hunt established her studio over 40 years ago & alongside Helen Calman will now focus on the senior students who show a passion and commitment to dance.  These students will follow a specialised curriculum of classes and personal coaching, that could culminate in a professional career.

In 2014, the Academy will offer programmes at Intermediate (RAD) and Advanced (1 or 2) levels.  Students are asked to take four classes per week for Intermediate and Advanced 1 and three classes at Advanced 2 (exam date to be determined).

Students in the Senior Academy will be offered opportunities to perform classical, neoclassical, and contemporary works as well as sitting various examinations to the highest standard possible. Students interested in performance, will have the opportunity to be prepared for national and international ballet competitions.

To apply or re enrol for the Senior School 2014 (Intermediate & Advanced) please use the online enrolment form at www.wellingtondance.co.nz.  Please note that final acceptance into the Senior School for new students is conditional upon Miss Hunt’s evaluation after the first two classes.

PAULA HUNT – Tutor, Ballet

Paula is Prinicpal and Director of the Paula Hunt Dance Studio & now the Wellington Dance Academy, which has been established in Wellington for the past 40 years.

Whilst teaching at the studio, for the past seven years she has also been the Royal Academy of Dance, Chief of Examiners. Paula began examining for the Royal Academy of Dance in 1985.

Recently Paula has been on the closely involved with the new  Vocational syllabus that has been launched by the RAD in December 2010, with great success. Also the new Graded syllabus that has been launched in January 2012.

She founded and directs the annual Wellington Summer School offering a broad spectrum of dance and educational experiences to many students throughout New Zealand.

Paula is passionate about the forward focus of the studio & bringing excellence to dance in New Zealand, at the Wellington Academy of Dance.


HELEN CALMAN – Tutor, Ballet

Miss Helen began learning ballet at the age of eight with Lynne Billing and moved to England to undertake full time training.

Whilst overseas, Helen performed in a number of successful productions and also taught in England and Europe.

Since returning to New Zealand, Helen has been a dance teacher at the Paula Hunt Dance Studios, now the Wellington Dance Academy. Miss Helen is excited at the prospect of developing our new focus Academy for our young aspiring Wellington Dancers.

Miss Helen has undertaken further teaching qualifications, during her time in New Zealand.

The Qualifications include the Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Certificate (Distinction) and an Associate in national dance (Distinction) from the I.S.T.D. In 2003 Helen became a Graded Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance and has been appointed to their International Board of Examiners. Now Helen is also a tutor for the Royal Academy of Dance.


ANITA HUTCHINS – Tutor, Ballet, Contemporary

Anita was born in New Zealand. At 16 she moved to London where she attended the Royal Ballet School for two years. On graduating, as top female student, she joined the Bayerisches Staatsballett in Munich, Germany, where she danced for three years. She then joined Nederlands Dans Theater II in Den Haag, Holland, for a year before returning to New Zealand.

Back home she went to film school, choreographed, taught, danced for Michael Parmenter and The Royal New Zealand Ballet. In 2006 she won the television contest ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and released a self-produced and directed dance class DVD ‘MOVE-IT’. From 2007-2008 Anita danced with Phoenix Dance Theatre in Leeds, England. She has recently moved back to Wellington to go to University.  In 2012, Anita will undertake a new venture of developing her own production, whilst teaching at the Academy.


Principal dancer, Kerry-Anne Gilberd is one of New Zealand’s leading dance talents. She gained a tremendous following with her fine performances in many productions including her favourites, La Sylphide, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Giselle and Romeo and Juliet. Kerry-Anne studied at the National School of Ballet in 1975 in Wellington and after successfully winning the Royal Academy of Dancing Scholarship, she furthered her training at the Royal Ballet School and was later invited to join the Royal Ballet of Flanders with which she spent four years extensively touring Europe. Kerry Anne rejoined the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company in 1981. She was awarded the MNZM for services to ballet in 1997. Following retirement Kerry-Anne performed the roles of ‘Tantomile’ and ‘Victoria’ in the Really Useful Dance Company’s production of ‘Cats’ touring New Zealand and Australia. For the next twelve years Kerry-Anne worked in Sponsorship and Business Development with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and is currently the Sponsorship Manager with Orchestra Wellington.

Kerry-Anne likes to take up every opportunity offered to her to help develop young dancers and give them an insight into the life of a professional dancer. She manages this by offering one on one coaching, guest teaching and adjudicating.

FLEUR RODWAY – Tutor, Ballet

Fleur was born in Invercargill and began ballet classes at the age of five. At 16 she moved to Christchurch to study full time at the International Ballet Academy with Sherilyn Kennedy, Carl Myers, Russell Kerr and Sheryl Robinson. After graduating from IBA in 2004 she completed the Royal Academy of Dance’s Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies and began teaching for Carl Myers at the International Ballet Academy. Fleur continued to teach for the Academy while studying towards a Bachelor of Arts at Canterbury University. In 2012, she moved to Wellington to complete her honours degree in Art History at Victoria University. Fleur is excited to be able to share her love for the art of ballet and the intricacies of movement with the students of the Wellington Dance Academy.

  • Address

    Wellington Dance Academy 186 Thorndon Quay

    PO Box 193
    Wellington 6140
    New Zealand

  • Contact

    Phone : 042108642
    Junior Email : Email us

    Phone : 042108642
    Senior Email : Email us