Anneliese Gilberd ARAD Dip Dance


Anneliese Gilberd began her Classical ballet training at age 5yrs with the Lynne Harrison Academy of Dance in Wellington.  At age 15yrs she began her full time training with The New Zealand School of Dance under the Directorship of Anne Rowse, who became a trusted guide & mentor in the following years. Christine Gunn was Anneliese’s main tutor in her time at the school and instilled qualities such as  strong technique, work ethic, respect, and discipline.  During this time Anneliese was given permission by the school to take up a scholarship with The Australian Ballet school and was subsequently offered a place as a full time student.


Anneliese chose to come home and continue her training with the NZSD and graduated with her fellow dancers and in her second year. She was awarded an RAD scholarship and one of the first AGC Young Achievers Awards which gave her the opportunity to travel to London to train at The Royal Ballet School in London for 1 year. She graduated with a performance of Act 3 of Swan Lake at Covent Garden. During this time Anneliese competed in The Adeline Genee Award an International competition held in London and was chosen as one of the 7 finalists. 


Upon returning to New Zealand at age 18 Anneliese was offered a contract with the Royal NZ Ballet Company with Director Harry Haythorne and went on to perform and tour with the company within New Zealand and worldwide for the next  12 years performing many soloist roles. 




Anneliese began her full and part time coaching and mentoring Academy in Christchurch for students in 2011. 

She has developed a Classical Ballet and Contemporary 

programme that reflects what you will experience when entering a full time school so that your body and mind will be ready for the demands of the high level tuition you will experience within such an environment.