The New Zealand Academy of Highland and National Dancing

Dance Company Lorient Festival - 31st Jul 2016

The Dance Company leave on Monday for Paris and then onto Lorient to perform at the Lorient Festival along with the City of Auckland Pipe Band.
The Executive wishes everyone an enjoyable time and safe travels.

Check on the website for their daily blog and photos

Conference Registrations - 28th Jul 2016

Reminder that conference registrations close on 31 July for the cheaper conference levy.
Remember you can complete the registration form on line at or download and complete the form from the resources list on the website

Diploma applications - 28th Jul 2016

Reminder that applications to receive your diploma at Dunedin conference close on 1 August. Forms are available from our website resources, downloads

Lorna's Ceilidh - 23rd Jul 2016

Saturday August 13th 7.30 p.m.
Bayview Primary School

Queens Birthday Honours - Julie Hawke - 8th Jun 2016

Congratulations to Julie Hawke on her inclusion in the Queen's 90th Birthday Honours receiving the Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of her services to Highland dancing.

Omission and Apology - 12th May 2016

Omission and Apology Executive would like to apologise to Serena Sangster whose name was inadvertently omitted from the list of presentations in the December Newsletter.  At the Wellington Conference, Serena was presented with her Solo Seal Certificate which is a significant achievement and deserved special mention.  Please accept our sincere apologies Serena.  We have been able to obtain a photograph of Serena receiving this award and pleased to be able to share this with you. 

Adrienne Haberfield Scholarship for new teachers - 11th May 2016

Reminder for those young budding teachers that applications for the  new teacher scholarships close on 30 June.
For the purpose of this scholarship a new teacher is defined as:

  • a teacher yet to commence teaching in their own right, or within their first year of teaching in their own right as at the date of application

See Downloads for the details and application form

Thank you Tattoo Dancers - 26th Feb 2016

Academy dancers The Edinburgh Tattoo has finished all too soon but has left us all with wonderful memories of a spectacle of such colour and diversity. So much effort goes into the preparation behind scenes to ensure the public witness a performance befitting military precision.

Our 25 dancers formed part of the highland dance group which was made up of 20 dancers from Scotland, and 25 from Scot Dance in New Zealand. Our dancers had the privilege of being led by Aileen Robertson from Scotland and Cheryl Roche from Sydney who outlined the importance of developing a team culture and working together. There was a lot to get right in such a short time, and Aileen and Cheryl, whilst exacting, provided the necessary encouragement to ensure the items were of the highest standard.

We had to call in new dancers to fill the place of two dancers who had to withdraw from injury, so they had little time to prepare and learn the steps required. However, all dancers made it and grew in confidence as the practices progressed to the actual performances.

Each night the performances got better as the dancer’s confidence rose to the occasion of performing for so many people. The weather on the final night was amazing with not a breath of wind – a contrast to the wind on the first night.

The dancers led the cast party with lots of modern and traditional dance moves to recognised hit tunes. It concluded as it started with military precision and was a memorable scene.

Thank you dancers, the Academy, your family and friends are very proud of you.

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