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Welcome to The Yvonne Edwards School of Dance: YESDANCE

Yesdance ..(an abbreviation of Yvonne Edwards School Dance) is a Boutique Dance Academy specialising in Classical Ballet. The Principal is Yvonne (Parnell) Edwards, a former principal Dancer with The Royal NZ Ballet Company.
Specialist tuition is offered in Ballet,Contemporary Dance for senior students, Performance and Show work,Exam work and Private Lessons.

Classes are held at The Elizabeth St Community and Arts Centre, Elizabeth St, Tauranga... at the bottom of Elizabeth St just off the Takitimu Highway( where there is the big flag pole).It is very central from all suburbs.

The classes progressively develop the child's technical ability giving them a sense of dance while fostering confidence, coordination, musicality, grace and poise. There is also a lot of fun along the way!

Children are prepared for examinations and they showcase their hard work and talent in a Stage Production or Concert every year.

Yvonne is a highly qualified Registered Teacher.She is known for her gentle yet disciplined approach to teaching and is dedicated to developing the movement skills and capabilities of young people. Her aim is to foster a love of Dance that will stay with them throughout their lives.Classes are not too big and individual attention is able to be given.

Yvonne is assisted by husband Peter Edwards, also a former Principal Dancer and various guest teachers as required.

Upcoming Events

Yesdance is excited to announce


Commencing Term 4, 2021. Starts 23rd Oct (8 weeks)

Enrolments now being taken.
Register with website form below, email, phone or message on platforms

0274187289 or 5441919

Instagram: @yesdance_nz

Venue: Elizabeth St Community and Arts Centre


Ballet is an excellent way to learn the fundamental principles of all dance. Parents today realise the benefits of early training and its not always all about whether the child wants to become a professional ballet dancer or not. The benefits of dance training will carry over to many areas of their lives. The obvious advantages of good posture, musicality, co-ordination of arms legs and body, elegance and discipline are huge confidence and self esteem builders.

Yvonne believes that if students have a good grounding in ballet they will find they can master most other styles e.g. jazz/hip hop,contemporary relatively easy.

Ballet grades progressively develop the child's technical ability and by Grade 1 Character work (steps from different countries) is added. After Grade 5 Pointe work will be added. From then on the student can choose to go as far as they like in their chosen path.

Contemporary - Body Conditioning- Repetoire

Tutor: Peter Edwards

Modern current contemporary dance technique with strength building and flexibility exercises for senior level students.Repetoire includes learning variations and dances from ballets such as Swan lake, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty etc.Senior students are also encouraged to experiment choreographing dances themselves.


The timetable is comprehensive so best to contact Yvonne about which would be the correct class and time for your child to attend. Please do not hesitate to email yesdance29@gmail.com or phone on (07) 544 1919 or txt/ph 0274187289

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