The New Zealand Academy of Highland and National Dancing

Lorient Festival day 4 - 8th Aug 2016

We started off our day with crepes at 11 fresh from the locals in Lorient. Lunch was soon after, we then danced for another 2 hour rehearsal to perfect our items which we would later perform in our first evening show. Our first performance awaited, the crowd went wild for red hot highland even though we were cramped dancing on the floor in a pub. We got told by an official who has been working for the festival for 20 years that it was best performance he'd ever seen. So a great start for our performances. We then had a birthday dinner for Brooke who had to wear the blue beret.  Rina and Brooke

Lorient Festival day 3 - 7th Aug 2016

We started rehearsals at 730, we tried our best but it was so early!
With no breaky till 930, Our tummies were rumbling, and boy were we thirsty.
Hallelujah! Its now break time
We hit the markets, shops and some shine. 
After this it was salad and ham, accompanied by some water. Bam!
Sara graced us with palettes of colour
That made us look better than the fellas.
It was déjà vous, it happened again,
For the dance co of NZ it was rehearsal number deuxieme.
It was time for our practice debut, we battled through every correction and discovered our ques. 
The dance company were tired but never to fear, we danced in true company flair.
The lights were bright, the floor was white, blinding our sight all night as we took flight. 
Robyn got the blue beret, because of her hysterical display, 
what she thought to be a buzzy bee, ended up being a catastrophe.
Rehearsal trois went late tonight so we'll go quickly, 
signing off Sarah G and Britney!

Lorient Festival Day 1 - 5th Aug 2016

Lorient Festival Day 1 We finally arrived in Lorient after what has been a mammoth journey to get here! Initially our plans included an overnight stay in Paris & day tour to see the sights before we traveled on to Lorient - Typhoon Nida had other plans! We got delayed for 24 hours in Hong Kong where we were put up in a hotel but not allowed out of it due to the Typhoon - so we decided it was an opportune time to rehearse! 

We had to return to Hong Kong airport as soon as roads were open again so spent most of our 24 hours stay wandering duty free - shopping was very 'high end' so browsing was our limit. 

We eventually arrived in Paris & we're not keen to spend the 5 hours we had to wait for our bus to Lorient in the airport, so we did a quick jaunt into Notre Dame, walked the Seine to the Louvre & had our first non-airport meal in days - it was delicious! 

That was followed with an 8 hour bus trip to Lorient where we arrived to our boarding school accommodation rather travel wearied & sick of the clothes we'd been in for 72 hours (we couldn't collect out checked luggage in Hong Kong). 

Nevertheless, the team has had loads of laughs & remains fairly chipper! Luckily most of the team will be back in Paris after we finish performing in Lorient so missing our day there isn't too big of a deal.

We are all excited to get out & explore Lorient today, meet the other performers, & attack some more rehearsals before our first performance on Sunday. Oh, & sleep horizontally!!

Signing off from Lorient
The Dance Company

Lorient Festival Day 2 - 5th Aug 2016

Lorient Festival Day 2

Finally after a good sleep horizontally the Dance Company took the morning to explore Lorient. We managed to order ourselves breakfast, delicious French croissants and baguettes and look around the city.

We are perfectly located with the stadium right next door and the festival tents only a short walk away. 
After a bit of exploring and our first taste of French cuisine we rehearsed for a few hours.

Everyone is starting to use a little French although Sara got slightly confused between French and Italian and wondered why she was being laughed at. We have been allocated two interpreters which should help (especially Sara) in the future.

Everyone is still tired after a long trip and rehearsals, however we are looking forward to the festival starting.

Sarah Robson & Megan Ferguson

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.

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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

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