The New Zealand Academy of Highland and National Dancing

Auckland Summer School - Exam Workshop - 26th Feb 2018

Auckland Sumer School Exam workshop to be held 7/8 APril
See Resources/downloads for entry form

Dance Company of NZ - South island Tour local dance applications - 1st Feb 2018

The Highland dance company of NZ will be touring the South Island in early September with their "Heart of Highlands" concert in Blenheim, Ashburton, Oamaru and Invercargill.
Applications are invited from local dancers in these areas to be part of the concert.
See our website, Downloads, Resources for the application form or see your teacher for details

Tauranga Summer School 2018 - 31st Jan 2018

Tauranga Summer School 2018 Bay of Plenty Teachers & Judges Club held their first Summer school recently in Tauranga. There were 44 dancers attending from Auckland, Waikato, Hawkesy Bay, Christchurch, Oamaru and Tauranga. Tutors were Mrs Sherilyn Hall and Mrs Robyn Simmons. The week finished with a performance on the Dance-O-Mat at the Tauranga Waterfront, The outdoor performance was a great hit and several people gathered as an audience to watch the choreographed items and a massed fling.

Summer Fling 2018 - 31st Jan 2018

Summer Fling 2018 The Balmoral Club in Christchurch recently held their annual Summer Fling with 161 dancers attending. Their tutors were Mrs Kimberley Mavor, Mrs Kate Rowe, Mrs Pamela Fleming, Mrs Anne Payne. The Fun class was tutored by Miss Kendyll Taylor, the Junior class by Mrs Elizabeth Smith, and the Stretch and strengthen class by Miss Chantelle Shatford. Once again the Boys only class was popular with Mr Lewis Gibson tutoring.
Scholarships were awarded to the following dancers: Ella Metcalf (Timaru), Alex Glover (Southland), Sophie Borsboom (Christchurch), Tara O'Brien (South Canterbury), Pete Greenslade (Christchurch), Olivia Mavor (Oamaru), Isla MacFarlane (Tauranga), Ariana Watkins (Christchurch), Megan Harrison (Ashburton), Taylor Maree Allne (Christchurch)

Southland Teachers & Judges Exam Workshop - 15th Jan 2018

The Southland Teachers & Judges are holding an Exam workshop 7/8 April in Invercargill. Tutor Mrs Danitta Findlay
See downloads for registration form and further information



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

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