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.


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- Hair/ Makeup/ Costume Summary

- 2015 Timetable



Full Cast Rehearsal: Sat 29th Nov (at studios)

All of the below rehearsals are held at the Dorothy Winstone Centre, Auckland Girls Grammar

Dress Rehearsal: Mon 1st Dec - 11am Show Rehearsal

Dress Rehearsal: Wed 3rd Dec - 5pm Show Rehearsal

Final Dress Rehearsal: Fri 5th Dec  - 11am and 5pm Show Rehearsal

Shows: Sat 6th December at 11am and 5pm

See you soon,

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.