At the Ponsonby School of Dance we aim to teach children the joy of dance, in a fun and friendly environment, whilst still developing a strong technical skill and ability.  As well as regular lessons and practice, we prepare students for examinations, competition, auditions and stage work.


Term One starts on Monday 8th February (even though it is a public holiday)

Welcome new and existing students to PSOD for 2016! 

Welcome to all old and new students. I hope you've had a relaxing holiday and are now ready for an awesome year of dancing. Please take a quick minute to read below. 

WATER BOTTLES: As it is hot at the moment it is a good idea for the children to bring a water bottle into class with them. The students are welcome to fill their drink bottles in the kitchen area, but please do not open the staff cupboards. 

PARENTS VIEWING CLASSES: We do prefer to have the students in the studio on their own. It gives the students and the teachers a chance to get to know each other. We do have viewing windows but it would be better for the first few weeks to wait in the waiting room as it can be quite distracting for the children. Please do not wait in the hallway, especially with siblings. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have a problem with this.

UNIFORMS: Please check our website or notice board for info on uniforms. If anyone has a second hand uniform please add it to the Second Hand book hanging on the notice board.

GROOMING: Please ensure that ALL students have the correct uniform and that their hair is ALWAYS pulled back off their face (they should never wear their hair out!!!). Ballet students from Grade Two should always wear their hair in a bun; it is a good opportunity for them to learn how to do their own hair!

SHOP HOURS: Tuesday 2nd Feb 4.00-6.00pm & Thursday 4th Feb 6.00-7.30

During Term Time: Monday and Wednesday 3.30-5.30- cash or cheque only. 

PARKING: Please be patient with parking. THere are sometimes parks on the side streets and remember NOT to part in the driveway or Klein's car park. It would be great if you could arrange car pooling. Remember that we are in the inner city and we are fortunate to have 15 car parks. But the parks are for DROP OFF and PICK UP only.

Please ensure that you pay your term fees within the first two weeks of term!!!! 

Westpac: 03 0255 0731526 00

Please be sure to enter your child's name as a reference

Please do not hesitate to email me

Happy Dancing!

Tracey Wright





Tracey Wright trained in RAD ballet and American jazz with Jeannie Mark in Blenheim.  During this time she developed an enduring love of dance and Jeannie’s teaching style and rapport with her students inspired Tracey to study for her RAD Teacher’s Certificate, thus realising a long-held dream.

Once qualified, Tracey taught in Blenheim for some time before moving to London.  There she was a tutor at the Italia Conti Performing Arts School, teaching a number of extremely talented students in ballet, jazz and musical theatre.

On her return to New Zealand, Tracey taught at the Auckland Academy of Dance before opening her own school, The Ponsonby School of Dance, in 2001.

Tracey is passionate about dance and is fortunate to be able to share her love of dance with her students.  She particularly enjoys choreography, having used her talents to choreograph many musicals, competition dances and her school’s end-of-year production.

Tracey has recently been appointed examiner for the JazzAddict dance syllabus for Australasia.

Through her dance school Tracey loves being part of the friendly and welcoming local community.






Bdance, RAD RTS, PGDip Art and Design

Dannielle Chandler, has been dancing since she was a little girl at Alison Pond Dance Academy, now known as Kapiti Dance Centre. Dannielle sat examinations in JDNZ Jazz syllabus and RAD ballet, completing Advanced Two and Grade Eight in 2005.

Since then Dannielle has completed a Bachelor of Dance at AUT University and is RAD RTS qualified.  Currently Dannielle is completing her two year Masters in Art and Design at AUT University focusing on Dance and Technology/Motion Capture, as well as teaching dancing here (at PSOD) and another dance school in Auckland.



Claire Barrett began dance at an early age, studying creative dance at the Van Zon school of dance, she then studied Jazz and Ballet at Auckland West Dance Academy.


In 2001 Claire Graduated from Unitec with a Bachelor of performing and screen arts, with a Major in contemporary Dance. Since 2001 Claire Has worked as a freelance dancer, Dance teacher, Children’s entertainer and actor both here in New Zealand and in Europe.






MCPA Dance 1st Class Hons, PgDip.CPA Dance, BPSA - Contemporary Dance, Dip.Dance – Commercial Dance.

Studying both RAD Ballet (Advanced II) and AJDA Jazz (Advanced III / Solo Seal) Emily went in to full time dance training after completing high school.  Initially training full time in Commercial Dance (WPAC, 2002).  Emily then expanded her practice by studying Contemporary Dance and Choreography at UNITEC where she graduated from in 2008.  

In 2010 she was nominated for Best Emergent Choreography, Best Short Production and Best Emerging Female Performer – Tempo ’10 – New Zealand Festival of Dance for her choreography and performance of ‘heel ruby’.

Having recently completed a practice led Masters in Dance with first class honors, Emily has now begun research toward her PhD in Dance and Choreography.  Alongside teaching at Ponsonby School of Dance, she lectures on the both the undergraduate and postgraduate Dance Studies programmes at the University of Auckland



Miss Jess Watson
Jess has been dancing with Ponsonby School of Dance for 12 years.  She is a qualified Jazz Addict teacher and is currently working towards her Solo Seal qualification.