New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) offers tertiary-level education and training in both classical ballet and contemporary techniques. It aims to prepare students for professional dance careers. Since 2014, NZSD has operated under a memorandum of understanding with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, which recognises NZSD the ‘official school’ of the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Most graduates enter careers in dance performance, around 75% of students gaining contracts within six months of graduating. Former students have gone on to make significant contributions to dance, leading outstanding careers and dancing with top companies around the world.