The New Zealand Academy of Highland and National Dancing

Dance Development Course timetable and Guest Tutor Biographies - 27th Aug 2012


22 & 23 SEPTEMBER 2012



1.30 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. Guest - Tania Huddart

3.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. Quiz


8.45 a.m. - 9.15 a.m. Warm up - Kelly Webster

9.15 a.m. - 10.15 a.m. Guest Tutor - Kelly Webster

19.15 a.m. - 10.30 a.m. Morning tea

10.30 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. Workshop 1

10.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. Workshop 2

12.30 p.m. - 1.15 p.m. Lunch

1.15 p.m - 2.15 p.m. Guest Tutor - Helen Inkster

2.15 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. Irish Reel

3.00 p.m. Special announcements & closure

Guest Tutors

Tania Huddart:
A studio dance and Pilates specialist based in Wellington, Tania started her career as a dance teacher working in South Africa and Europe.
She studied dance at the University of Cape Town, specialising in dance teaching initially and later gained a philosophy degree from the University of Durham with an emphasis on dance teaching methodology, psychology and design. For the past five years, utilising these specialist skills, Tania has worked with DANZ on developing dance teaching and studio specialist workshops. This process has included consultation with the dance community to meet needs and demand.
Tania taught ballet, character and contemporary dance at studio and vocational levels in South Africa, London (Arts Educational School), Stockholm and Wellington (Wellington Performing Arts Centre). Her interest in how the body works, lead her to study Pilates in London and New York and she is certified through the Pilates Method Alliance. Tania returned to Wellington to form Hearts and Bones Pilates Centre© in 2002 where she works with a large range of clients as well as training Pilates instructors.
Tania has a particular interest in teaching techniques and methodologies as well as combining anatomy, biomechanics and dance technique. She provided Pilates training as part of the health team at the New Zealand School of Dance from 2003-2006. She also works in teaching practice, injury rehabilitation and performance enhancement for dancers for a variety of dance
syllabus organisations and studios.
Helen Inskter:
Helen Inkster is a Registered Clinical Psychologist with eighteen years experience in a broad range of areas: criminal justice (prisons and probation service clients), intellectual disability, mental health (primary and secondary care), youth, alcohol and drug, Police trauma and clinical supervision of a variety of professions.

Helen was on the working party who put together the Code of Ethics for the Psychologists Board, has Chaired an Ethics Committee, been on the editorial committee for a professional magazine and is a current member of the Disciplinary Tribunal for Psychologists. Helen has had a busy and successful private practise for many years in Nelson.

Helen’s daughter’s interest in Highland brought her back into the fold after over 15 years “abstinence”. Helen has always had a love of teaching dance and finds this a perfect balance to the stressors inherent in her day job.

Kelly Webster
Kelly is a dancer, dance teacher and choreographer born and raised in Blenheim, NZ.
She began training at an early age in Ballet & Jazz dance with Jeannie Mark, branching out to include Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Funk & Tap in later years.

After a year of full time study in Commercial Dance at the Wellington Performing Arts Centre (now Whitireia Performing Arts Centre), she embarked on a performance career overseas with Carnival Cruise Lines for two years as a dancer travelling throughout the Caribbean. One her return to NZ six years ago she took up a teaching position at Marlborough Dance Centre in
Blenheim where she trains students of all ages in Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary & Lyrical.

During her time back at home she has also run her own performance group the ‘KW Dancers’ as well as being involved in various shows as dancer and/or choreographer.

Earlier this year she was selected as a member of the New Zealand team and travelled to Los Angeles to compete at the Annual World Championships of Performing Arts where she made the finals and took out the title of ‘Senior Grand Champion Dancer of the World’ for 2012

Those participating in this workshop will just need to be in suitable attire to be able to move and any who don't like to lie on a hard floor could bring mats.  Bare feet or socks is fine, shoes are not required.  

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