What age do classes start from?

Sparkles preschool classes start from 3 years.  Ballet classes start from 4 years.  Jazz classes start from 5 years.  Hip Hop starts from 6 years. Contemporary classes start from 9years. Adult-only dance classes run on demand (see timetable). Adult fitness classes run most days of the week by private tutors

How much does it cost?

Class fees can vary from term to term, depending on the school term length (8-11 weeks).  Dancers will need to commit to a term of classes, so that teachers can provide progressions during lessons. Term fees vary dependant on class time length.  Here is the current term fees


Are assessments compulsory?

Assessments are not compulsory, but we believe that they raise the standard of our dancers and gives students a goal to work towards mid year. It is a common practise in most dance schools worldwide. Assessments encourage each and every student to learn & polish their exercises so they may achieve their personal best potential and the syllabus they learn, will help them maintain that potential throughout their dance training years. They are a memorable experience and present an opportunity for students to learn good discipline, be critiqued and evaluated by an external & reputable dance examiner on a yearly basis.  It is managed in a very positive way, and the examiners are very friendly in the exmaination room  - however their are protocols that the dancers will need to adhere to. 

If you have any further queries about whether you think you or your child are ready for these assessments, please speak to your teacher or contact the Studio Manager

Students who choose not to be examined will need to sit out the term leading up to the exam.

What happens on assessment day?

On the day of the assessment, students will meet at least 30 minutes before their scheduled exam. Each candidate will wear a number front & back & enter the Dance Wanaka studio with up to 7 other students from their class (groups are maximum of 8). Assessments are generally 30mins for Primary & Junior classes, and up to 60mins for senior classes. The examiner will then ask them to show her each of the exercises as they have learned during their classes. There are no surprises - we have mock exams so every student knows exactly what will happen.  The examiner will assess their performance and they each receive an individual report with personalised feedback and an acheivement certificate afterward.

When are assessments?

Jazz & Hip Hop assessments are normally held in June or July every year. Ballet assessments are in September. Dates are confirmed once entries are submited. Please note that exams are often scheduled on week days, and may require students to be taken out of school on exam day.  They run strictly to schedule, with limited interuptions & time off school.

Who is the examiner?

A reputable representative of BBOdance or Asia Pacific Dance Association is assigned to visit our studio.  They are always extremely friendly & professional. These examiners tour NZ, Australia & Asia. Each dancer receives a report sheet with personal feedback & a certificate. Feedback is always very constructive & positive.

How do I enter? 

Please pay the exam fee on your account & check that I have the correct spelling & date of birth for each child.  The dance school Director completes all of the written paperwork, and submits entries to APDA only once your payment has been received. All fees can be viewed on the website (here) or on the noticeboard. All fees are set by the examination organisation to administer the process (incl travel & accommodation).

Exam or Assessment? 

An ASSESSMENT is recommended for those new to dance this year or if advised by the teacher.  Those who have previously sat exams, will be registered under full EXAMINATION conditions.  The entry fee is the same for both.  All dancers enter the room & dance together, whether sitting an assessment or examination. 

Refund Policy

Examination entries are only refundable on submission of a medical certificate within 30 days of the examination.  All refunds now carry a $10 administration/processing fee which is deducted from the refund.


If you are wanting to know about how to sew on ballet ribbons, click on this pdf link for detailed instructions How to Sew on Ballet Ribbons_pdf file

Bloch website

How to tie ballet shoes video clip


Ribbons are required on ballet shoes from Grade 1 upwards.  Ballerina shoes are tied with ribbon right around the ankle, the knot is secured on the inside of the ankle, and the excess is tucked under the wrapped ribbon behind the ankle bone.  Here is a video clip to view or download detailed instructions here  Tying ballet ribbons pdf file