The New Zealand Academy of Highland and National Dancing



The ATTC is an in depth study of the NZAHND ( Inc) Highland and Step Dance syllabuses, conducted in two parts, over two weekends.
Each part of the Course  will be facilitated by 2 members of the Technical Committee.
The aim of the Course is to give participants greater understanding and knowledge of syllabus requirements by looking at the finer points of exercises, foundation movements, steps and dances as well as musical requirements.
Participants are encouraged to be physically fit, though they do not necessarily have to dance.
Completion of part or all of the ATTC will be a requirement for Levels 2 and 3 of the Academy Progression Scheme.
14/15 April, Auckland - Step Dance Syllabus
04/05 August, Christchurch - Highland Syllabus
Cost $250 for each weekend. Applications  for the April course close on 31 January to the Secretary: with a non refundable deposit of $125 with the balance payable by 28 February 2018. For the August Course, non refundable deposit of $125 due by 30 June 2018 with balance due 1 August.

Repeat Success at ChoreoMagic Challenge Paris 2017 - 23rd Dec 2017

For the second year in a row, New Zealand dancers have featured prominently at the International Gathering of Scottish Highland Dance at Disneyland Paris
In 2016 dancers from Danitta Findlay’s School of Dance, Christchurch took part in both the ChoreoMagic Challenge and dancing competitions.  They were very successful in both competitions.  And, now in 2017 Julie Hawke’s School of Dance took a group of 25 dancers which included four dancers from Lynette Mitchell School of Dance, and took part in the ChoreoMagic Challenge and they were also very successful in all sections.
All music and costumes are required to be Disney themed and performed with Highland Dancing Technique.  Solos and Duos are 2 minute duration and Groups 4 minutes with the Overall Age Group being 5 minutes.  Julie’s group took part in over 15 different items – a huge undertaking and were successful in all.
They were the overall winner of the Dancing Schools Groups which covered all ages.  Their five minute item Moana, received excellent feedback and one person said it brought tears to their eyes.
With this huge success over the past two years it has indeed put New Zealand on the map and the Academy.  It is a huge undertaking to organise participation in events such as this, and we congratulate everyone who took part in both this year and last year.  Anyone else wanting to follow in the future will be able to draw on the expertise of these dance schools. 

Summer Fling 2018 schedule - 17th Oct 2017

Summer Fling 2018 schedule is available from the resources, downloads page

Tauranga Summer School 2018 - 17th Oct 2017

The BOP Teachers & Judges will be conducting a summer school in January 2018. The tutors are Mrs Sherilyn Hall and Mrs Robyn Simmons
Dates: 22 - 25 January 2018
See resources/downloads for copy of schedule and entry form

Conference photos - 4th Oct 2017

Conference photos are now available to download from the following link

Password is Highland

Virginia Tattoo 2018 additional dancers required - 20th Jul 2017

The Highland Dance Company of NZ is travelling to Norfolk Virginia in April 2018 to perform at the Virgina International  Tattoo.
We require additional dancers to go with the Dance company members.
Application form is available from Downloads/ Resources with applications closing 10 August.
if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the secretary:

Advanced Diploma applications - 10th Jul 2017

A reminder that Advanced Diploma applications will close on 1 August for presentation at Conference in September. Application forms are available from the downloads page, then under resources.

Christchurch Junior Dance Group - 15th Jun 2017

Christchurch Junior Dance Group The Christchurch Junior Dance Group performed at half time at the Tactix/Southern Steel's netball game

The New Zealand Academy of Highland and National Dancing Inc., PO Box 5470, Palmerston North
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