For 45 years the New Zealand School of Dance has trained some of the country's best performers.
They have gone on to work both here and internationally, some founding new dance companies.
This year's graduation season doubles as the 45th anniversary celebration and features a full range of the school's talent.
One of those taking part is former Sacred Heart College pupil Emma Dellabarca, 21, a third-year student majoring in contemporary dance.
As a teen she was selected for the New Zealand School of Dance's Junior Associate programme.
"What I like about being at the school is having the facilities to dance all day," she said.
The school was a haven for trialling ideas, making mistakes and constantly being challenged to get the most out of yourself, she said.
"I like being surrounded by such a diverse range of talent, to feed off people with similar passions and feel it's the best preparation."
Dellabarca has performed in the World of Wearable Arts, two graduation seasons and two choreographic seasons.
This year she choreographed a piece called Bait. Earlier in the year she travelled to Australia to take up secondments with Ballet Lab in Melbourne and TasDance in Tasmania, and a placement with Footnote Dance.
Former students Loughlan Prior and Mia Mason have returned to choreograph new works on show in this year's graduate production. Prior, who dances with the Royal New Zealand Ballet has created a solo work - Verse - while Mason presents Brunhilde Observing Gunther, Whom She has Tied to the Ceiling.
- NZ School of Dance 45th Anniversary Graduation Season, November 21 to December 1 at Te Whaea, National Dance & Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Rd, Newtown.
Tickets from www.nzschoolofdance.ac.nz.
- Hutt News