Examinations are available from Grade One through to Advanced plus Solo Performance Diploma.

Ballet is an important base for most dance disciplines, and the NZAMD Ballet syllabus is designed to allow students to progress without pressure, each grade being of a length that makes it attractive for the once a week student, as well as being progressively challenging for the more committed student.


We encourage the development of strong musicality and expressive port de bras with dynamics and energy throughout the allegro section. Music throughout is the teacher's own choice, however suitable CDs are suggested in the syllabus notes.

This syllabus is now being updated with new Grades One Two & Three now available and a full syllabus package is available for purchase by Teacher Members. Click here to preview.

All levels include a dance and the lower grades include an expressive mime which encourages the students to develop their acting ability.


Uniform - leotards may be any style or colour. Flat ballet shoes may be worn throughout, with a change into point shoes for the Point section.


As with all our examinations, entry fees are kept at a realistic level, and used within New Zealand for the benefit of our members and students.

The NZAMD Medal Awards allow students to perform in front of a friendly audience in a fun and non-judgmental atmosphere. Click here for more information.

The Musical Theatre Award is with dance, drama and singing included and is part of the NZAMD Medal Awards programme.

Rosette Pre Grades (go to Pre Grades page) may also be used for the pre school or very young student.


A NZAMD Dancer’s Award for dancers from any discipline.  The recommended age is from 10 years.


Designed to develop flexibility (stretch), introduce the student to big jumps and leaps (leap), and improve turning technique (spin) through a fun and energized syllabus which teachers are finding to be an excellent addition to their class content.


This Award is more assessment than examination and at the end of the students’ performance the examiner presents them with an attractive Banner. Parents may view this presentation. A senior award is planned.