The Chilton Dance Centre is part of Chilton Saint James School – a world-class private girls’ day school through years 1 to 13. Founded in 1918, the School also operates a co-educational Preschool on its campus. The Dance Centre is a community dance school offering extra-curricular dance classes to Chilton Saint James students and students from the wider community. The campus is located on Waterloo Road in Lower Hutt – 15 minutes from downtown Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city.
Wellington is renowned as the Arts and Cultural capital of New Zealand, with the New Zealand School of Dance, the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and many theatres, galleries and museums all based in Wellington.
The Chilton Dance Centre’s aim is to provide every student with an outstanding level of tuition by highly qualified teachers in a positive, caring environment with emphasis placed on enjoyment of dance, self-discipline and the development of each student’s potential.
The Dance Centre provides after school dance lessons and training in classical ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, tap and musical theatre dance to students from Preschool to Adults. The Dance Centre is dedicated to providing the highest standard of dance in a positive, caring environment to students, both female and male.
The Dance Centre facilities features four custom designed mirror-lined studios complete with dance floors.
The Dance Centre has many notable dancers in professional dance companies here in New Zealand and around the world. Former student, Alayna Ng is a member of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, accepted to join the company in 2007 after graduating from the NZ School of Dance in 2006. You can view of full list of student achievements throughout the years here.
We have trained a number of exceptional young performers at Chilton Dance Centre. Shae Berney was awarded a scholarship in the 2015 Alana Haines Australasian awards to attend a four-week summer intensive at the Harid Conservatory in Florida. He was also awarded the Hutt City Youth Award in the Arts category. Shae then successfully auditioned for a place at the English National Ballet School in London where he commenced full time training in September 2016. In 2014 Amelia Walshe was cast in the UK-produced Annie stage show as one of three ‘Annie’s’. Amelia’s sister Bronte, along with Tara Canton were also cast in this production. These three talented girls also performed in the UK production of the Sound of Music with Amelia and Bronte also travelling with the show to China. In 2016 Dance Centre student Jaxson Cook successfully auditioned for the Auckland Theatre Company Production of “Billy Elliot”. Jaxson spent 4 months in Auckland rehearsing and performing receiving excellent reviews for his performance. In 2017 Caitlin Hickey successfully auditioned for the English National Ballet School receiving a full scholarship for her training.