The New Zealand Academy of Highland and National Dancing (Inc)The New Zealand Academy of Highland and National Dancing (Inc) was established in 1946 with the objective to raise the standard of technique and execution and establish a fuller appreciation of the art and beauty of the national dances. The Academy fosters and maintains the Highland and National dances brought to New Zealand by the Scottish Settlers.
The vision of our founders was based on excellence of performance along with an holistic approach with an emphasis on education through
- historical and theoretical knowledge
- fitness through exercise progression
- the achievement of dance quality through an understanding of both the presentation and technical requirements.
Through the dedicated contribution of successive Executive and Technical members, the Academy has developed examinations and qualifications to train our dancers to become eligible to adjudicate and teach and to promote the Academy. The New Zealand Academy of Highland and National Dancing is a non-profit organisation.