Welcome to Great South Dance Academy! While our history is more than 60 years old where the studio and its ethics have been passed on from one Master to the next, the core principles we adhere to have been preserved.





While Dance as a form of art offers so much to an individual, it predominantly is a skill that stays with you for life and will always be cherished and treasured.

Great South Dance Academy is a studio for everyone. Our dance classes develop diligence, self-esteem, great exercise habits and life-long friendships. Classes in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary and more are taught by skilled and energetic teachers who work hard for each child to thrive.

If you are new to the world of Dance or unsure about what to expect or whether it is for you, we would like to hear from you. Either call us or click on the bar at the bottom to book an appointment with our friendly staff and they will answer your questions in person.


My daughter has been attending classes at GSDA since 2012. She began in pre-school ballet and now takes as many classes as she can fit in! The teachers at GSDA are dedicated to ensuring their students develop not only their dancing abilities, but also the dispositions of self-discipline, perseverance and self-belief, all in a warm and welcoming environment that encourages each dancer to give their personal best. We love being part of the GSDA family!


We go to Great South Dance Academy, because the teachers’ are relatable,  friendly and compassionate to both students and their families.
The teachers’ motivate my daughters’ to learn proper technique in class, but in a fun learning environment.

Y. Chalmers

Miss Niven is an amazing teacher. She is so good with the kids and has a way about her that ignites respect and enthusiasm”.
“These lessons have taught so much more than I ever realised. They have taught discipline, strength, balance, posture and the list goes on”
“My daughter loves Miss Niven so much that she got upset one evening because she misses Miss Niven and makes drawings for her all the time”
“Thank you Miss Niven for your ongoing passion for what you do. It shows and is reflected in the students”

S. Dacey

I love to dance at GSDA because Miss Niven is a fabulous dance teacher, everyone there is really friendly and encouraging and I just LOVE to dance!

Z. Sharp

Our family has been with the dance school since the very beginning and my daughter also danced at the studio Sarala previously taught at, before starting GSDA. We chose GSDA because of Sarala, she is an amazing dance teacher who has really fostered my daughters love of dance, and continues to teach an encourage her to be the best dancer she can be. The team has grown over the years and all of the teachers are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful and in my opinion go the extra mile, whether it’s organising a fun movie night, disco, picnic or taking time to answer questions or discuss technique, they are always there.

R. Sharp

“We’ve followed Miss Niven from one end of Auckland to the other because she’s worth it! My daughter started ballet with her at the age of 3. She’s now 12 and still adores Miss Niven! She’s that rare teacher who has her class in the palm of her hand, fully engaged and loving it, at the same time delivering fantastic technical direction. She’s organised, has a wonderful demeanour, is business savvy, has fantastic creative and artistic ability and is simply a great teacher!”

L. Batchelor

Both my Kids go to Great South Academy and they absolutely love it! The teachers are lovely, welcoming and professional. I would most definitely recommend them for all ages.

D. Wilkie