Ignite Arts Academy direct week-long (as well as the occasional day-long intensive) performing arts style workshops in Music, Dance, Drama and Costuming.

In our Holiday Workshops, attendees are generally between 6 and 14 years of age. For our intensive day-long workshops, attendees ages are more specific depending on the workshop on offer.

How are our holiday workshops different from other kids' holiday programmes?

At Ignite we have years of experience in delivering top quality, fun, performing arts classes within a new purpose built arts environment; including music studios and dance studios. Our instructors are  highly skilled, with many years of experience in; percussion, guitar, vocal, dance, keyboards, visual art, drama, costume creation, set design and more. Their personal abilities are matched by their passion to ignite pupils with a desire to learn, to identify areas of talent and grow in confidence. 

Our popular holiday workshops provide a teaching/coaching environment where young people are encouraged to recognise and develop their talents and potential. We cater for a range of abilities whether early beginners or for those already with some level of expertise. 

IGNITE Holiday Workshops are an OSCAR approved holiday programme (contact your local WINZ office for more details).


Follow a night in the lives of the Gross-Busters: stopping slime and sloppiness in its tracks! But what has rattled these heroes? Can these ordinary kids help save the day? Get ready to fight some messy monsters and find out!

Join us on 5 days of utter 'grossness'; get your hands dirty and have a whole bucket-load of fun working in groups doing: Drama, Dance, Puppetry (making and performing), Design, 'Gross-Workshops and much much more! At the end of the week, you will put on a performance showcase for family and friends.

DATES : 30th September - 4th October { This workshop runs for 5 days }
TIMES : 9am - 4pm { drop off from 8.30am }
AGES : 6 - 14 YRS
COST : $197.00 { OSCAR funding is available }
WHERE : Ignite Arts Academy
EXPERIENCE LEVEL : no experience necessary
BOOKINGS : Essential
WHAT TO BRING : Drink (water) bottle, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, any medications as required.
WEAR : Comfortable older clothes (clothes you don't mind getting a bit messy in), something easy to move/dance in and something warm. 


Intensive dance holiday workshops for students aged 8 years (Grade 1 +) and over.
Run by our fabulous dance instructor; Mckenzie Northcott. Choose between doing one, two or all three sessions. Styles taught will be Lyrical, Musical Theatre and Jazz (stylised) & Technique.

This will be a small class, so places are very limited. Get in quick to book your spot.

Session 1  |  Lyrical | 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Session 2  | Musical Theatre | 3:30PM - 5:00PM
Session 3  | Jazz Stylised + technique | 5:00PM - 6:30PM

WHEN : Thursday 10th October from 2pm (session times above)
WHERE : Ignite Arts Academy 
COST : $15 per session or $35 for all 3 sessions
BOOKINGS : Essential


WHEN :  Sunday 20 Oct. 3:00pm
WHERE : Ignite Arts Academy
COST : Free 

In this free INTRO TO VIOLIN workshop Ann Speed will demonstrate how the instrument works. Showing off the extensive range in pitch, the various types of music and effects that can be produced on the well as some of the most beautiful music ever written.

Many people see the Violin as an instrument that only classical musicians play. They don't necessarily see, or associate, the violin with fun. At my Violin workshop at Ignite, I want to show children and parents that this is definitely not the case! In my opinion, the Violin is a wonderful instrument, and it's something that everyone can enjoy.

Please use the form below to register your attendance.

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DATE : 21 September
TIME : 2:00PM & 3:30PM
WHERE : Ignite Studios

Two live performances from our very own talented musicians and vocalists.


This year’s theme is MELTING POT… a joyful celebration through story, music and dance of the ‘melting pot’ that is NZ … and the unique beauty and strength that each culture brings to our community.
Enjoy a showcase filled to the brim with a diverse range of acts from different countries all around the world.

DATE: Saturday 30th Nov
TIMES: 2 shows : 12.30pm & 4.30pm (each show will run for approx 2 hours)
VENUE: Activate Church, Hamilton
TICKETS: available for purchase from Ignite in October

More information coming soon


At Ignite, we think it is important to be able to ‘give back’ to our community, while our students gain experience in performing. So, we are constantly sourcing ways, and finding opportunities, where we can do this. 

Some of the opportunities we have organised are:

Resthaven | October 5th 7:00pm - 7:30pm | Contemporary & Ballet performances
The Platform (Music Planet) | Friday’s weekly 6:30pm- 8:00pm | Band performances
Absolute Cafe | Monthly performances for band and dancers


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