Silhouette Open Academy


The open academy programme has been created for children aged 8 – 15 years old who are displaying excellent rhythm, agility, confidence and co-ordination in their development programme and a real passion for dance. They will be split into different Academy sections based on age and ability. Students accepted into Open Academy must be taking development classes. The open academy programme has two strains….

Classical Focus (Classical Flat, Pointe Work, Neo Classical, Classical Contemporary, Classical Lyrical, Pas de Deux, Variations)

Commercial Focus (Jazz, Commercial Contemporary, Hip hop, Commercial Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Aerial Hoop, Acro-Dance, Partnering)


The children in our open academy are given the chance to work more closely with our tutors and other children of a similar skill level to develop some really strong early foundations for dance and to give them more dance goals so they keep feeling challenged and inspired. Part of this focus is on teamwork and leadership.

We also have a strong vision for developing students as excellent performers that convey emotion, deep feeling, storytelling and passion on top of their technique. This is so important as it is a real factor that stands a dancer out from the rest at auditions and performances.


A typical training will consist of a combined strength and conditioning warmup, followed by splitting into genre groups and completing an intensive coaching hour based around the strengths, gifts and passions of each student. Students will then have a combined dinner followed by a session working on choreography for upcoming performances & regional competitions.

This is a flexible format and will also include mentoring from outside professionals, off-site training sessions and other training activities to enhance the students learning.


Children in the open academy will have the chance to perform in these shows…..

MARCH 25th – 27th – Open Academy Dinner & Floorshow

JULY 3rd – Winter Presentation

SEPTEMBER 17th – 19th – Open Academy Showcase

NOVEMBER 21st – Celebrate Bishopdale

NOVEMBER 27th – Xmas in the Park (selected group only)

DECEMBER 10th – 12th – End of Year Showcase

DECEMBER 20th – Silhouette Christmas Evening


Any child in our open academy is welcome to do solos/duos/trios as part of our in-house comps. We will also be considering them for regional solos/duos/trios, however, this is by invite only and only if we feel it is the best step for them and their dance journey. With the change in programmes this year we know their workload is already going to increase quite a lot and the health and wellbeing of our young dancers is paramount.

APRIL 26th – 30th – CTDTA Comps Christchurch (one of these days only)

MAY 21st – 23rd – EVOLUTION Comps Christchurch

JUNE 3rd – 7th – NZDA Comps Christchurch (up to two of these days only)

JULY 19th – 23rd – CHRISTCHURCH Comps Christchurch (up to two of these days only)

SEPTEMBER 3rd – 5th – CTDTA Comps Christchurch (one of these days only)

There may also be other opportunities that arise during the year but information for these type of events will be emailed out before you commit as they are not part of our official calendar.


The annual fee below covers all academy sessions on our timetable, entry for competitions and a re-audition & end of year report fee. Costume hire is separate to this and will only be as required. When you sign up for open academy, it is a year long commitment, however, we have decided to make it easier financially and offer a half year payment. You are required to pay the full yearly fee regardless of whether you decide to leave during the year. Students accepted into Academy will receive 10% off their Development package fee. This discount can be combined with the 10% discount for new students.

Please note all prices are excluding GST


We are running an Academy camp on the first week of February so we can get a head start on some of the choreography for squads and the first shows. We are still clarifying the details around times etc. There is an optional sleepover on the final day.


Due to academy being so reliant on a team effort we require each parent to sign an agreement on behalf of their child committing to the year ahead. It can be really upsetting for fellow students and the staff if we have a lack of commitment from some and then have to pull the group out of performances so please read the full contract before signing.

The open academy contract will be uploaded soon.


With this being our first year of Academy we are going to have a slightly different audition process. It will be based on the children’s work in class during 2020, any performances they have been involved in and a phone interview if required. If you think you have what it takes to join the Academy programme then please mention that you are interested in being considered for Academy when you send in your enrolment form and we will be in contact.

The 2022 intake will be based on an audition that will run on September 27th, straight after our Open Academy Showcase.