Dance Centre

Chilton Dance Centre is one of the leading private dance schools in New Zealand and offers excellent training in classical and contemporary dance and other related dance styles.

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 used by the public and by Chilton school students as part of their curricular and extra-curricular classes. 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, from Chilton Saint James School and the wider community.

The Dance Centre facilities features four custom designed mirror-lined studios complete with dance floors.

Inspiring creativity in every endeavour

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 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. In 2014 Amelia Walshe was cast in the UK-produced Annie stage show as one of three ‘Annies’. Amelia’s sister Bronte, along with Tara Canton. 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.