The New Zealand Academy of Highland and National Dancing

May Exam Entries - 9th Feb 2015

Reminder that exam entries close on 1 March.

Entry forms are available from the downloads section on the website.

Summer Fling 2015 fun video - 5th Feb 2015

Here is the link to the video that was taken at Summer Fling

Auckland Summer School - 3rd Feb 2015

The 20th Auckland Summer School was held at the Auckland Academy of Dance Studios from 10 -13th January.
Tutors were Mrs Robyn Simmons and Mrs Pamela Fleming.
Students attending came from Christchurch, Palmerston North, Hawkes Bay, Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Auckland areas.
Scholarships awarded in 2014 were taken up by Imogen Grayson and Ariah Mandeno and Auckland Teacher's & Judges Association awarded scholarships to Kate Lee and Ella Twiss.

Summer Fling 2015 - 2nd Feb 2015

This year 170 dancers enrolled for Summer Fling which was held at St Margarets College. The tutors were
Mrs Sherilyn Hall, Mrs Susan Edwards, Mrs Kim Mavor and Mrs Jacqueline Seque.  Mrs Jacqueline Jones tutors two Junior Dance classes, Miss Lana Donaldson took the Junior fun class and Mr Michael Gudgeon tutors two 11 & over Stretch classes.
The following students were awarded $50 Balmoral Club scholarships by the tutors of the Examination classes

Initial - Lulu Steel - Christchurch
Preparatory - Isabella Inglis - Ashburton
Grade 1  - Sarah Jamison - Oamaru
Grade 2 - Alesha Keenan - Peel Forest
Grade 3 - Tassilo Abbot - Tuatapere
Grade 4 - Hannah Sangster - Lumsden
Grade 5 - Lucy Palmer - Nelson
Elementary - Kate Booker - Rakaia
Intermediate - Demi de Kruijf - Winton
Advanced - Sophie Sangster - Lumsden

The swimming pool was in constant use during the dancers class breaks

Dance Company North Island Tour Regional dancer application form - 22nd Jan 2015

The application form for regional dancers is now available from the downloads section.

Applications are welcome from dancers from any region as long as they are prepared to attend the workshop and rehearsals in Auckland

Applications close 06 February 2015

Dance Company North Island Tour - 20th Jan 2015

Executive advise that due to unavailability of suitable venues and overall numbers, we are unable to proceed with concerts in the Palmerston North/Hastings/Napier area. However, there will be three concerts in Auckland on the 10/11 of April and we would welcome your participation in these.

Rehearsal dates are 21/22 February in Auckland and all dancers would need to be in Auckland on the 7th and 8th of April for rehearsals with the Dance company. Transport and accommodation will be at the dancer's expense.

Application Forms will appear on the Website within the next two weeks.

Adrienne Haberfield Obituary - 20th Dec 2014


On Saturday 29 November, Adrienne was farewelled by her loving family, friends, and members of dancing societies, fellow Academy members and current dancers in a memorable and moving service. She was piped from the church by Jamie Hawke to Lord of the Dance as her casket was led through a huge guard of honour consisting of local highland dancers, and Adrienne’s modern and jazz pupils. Before the hearse left, Annabel Watts and ParisThormanperformed a Sean Triubhas.

Adrienne commenced Highland, Ballet and Tap dancing at age three and a half with Betty Washington (nee Carnochan (the first Director of the Technical Committee). When Miss Carnochan moved overseas, Adrienne studied and completed her examinations with Miss Muriel Waugh and Mrs Jeanie Paton. I am sure it was these early teachers who inspired Adrienne to be the active member she was.

Adrienne belonged to many dancing organisations throughout her life, either in a teaching or administration role. She served as President and Secretary of the Balmoral Club; she was Life Member and Current Patron of Canterbury West Coast Centre Piping and Dancing Association, and had previously held the role of President, and Life Member Canterbury Caledonian. And, Adrienne had been a member of the New Zealand Academy of Highland and National Dancing for 54 years.

Adrienne first became a member of the executive in 1984-86, and then again from 2001 until her passing. The last Executive Meeting was at the beginning of November, and although unwell, Adrienne in her true stoic manner still made a valuable contribution.

A phrase Adrienne often used was - she was privileged to serveon Executive – it was us as Academy members, who were privileged to have Adriennein that role. She was always very well prepared for our long meetings, and never shied away from undertaking any resultant work or projects. Her knowledge of the Academy and its members past and present was extensive and so helpful to all of us on many occasions.

Adrienne continued her love of all forms of dance throughout her life, and still had a school of over 60 pupils. Adrienne was a passionate advocate of dance andwas much admired as a teacher, mentor and friend to her many pupils, both past and present.

Adrienne was a giver in every sense of the word. She was gracious, had integrity, vibrant, enthusiastic, and respectful. If you asked anyone to describe Adrienne’s qualities – they would undoubtedly all come up with the same.

Adrienne had amazing energy and numerousqualities – many members having benefitted from them.
• Superb host – loved having members to stay and nothing was a bother.
• Never made a decision in haste – always considered and ensuring she had all the facts.
• Never a bad word to say about anyone.
• I’ve been told - the best camp mother ever at Summer School.
• Great baker and provider of food. Examiner’s lunches, and even coming to Executive Meetings in Wellington, she would bring soup and baking in her case. After a bumpy flight, she would say – I hope the soup is okay!
• Conferences – she loved attending these and catching up with old friends and on the Saturday night function - to dance and enjoy the moment. Even this year in Invercargill, she was on the dance floor.

Adrienne’s contribution to dancing was never for self-gain, rather it was to her, a duty to ensure a loyal, strong and unified future for highland dancing in New Zealand.

We thank the family for allowing us to share Adrienne over so many years – there will only ever be one Adrienne and we will miss her.

Christchurch Balmoral Club 50th Anniversary - 1st Dec 2014

Christchurch Balmoral members gathered to celebrate the club's 50th anniversary - a lovely evening of friendship, camaraderie and many laughs.
The Balmoral Club was established to offer support, guidance and encouragement to both teachers and judges in the Christchurch region. Half a century later, the club still stands for the same values.
We had the opportunity to honour life memberships of Mrs Colleen Cole, Mrs Joan Osborne and more recently Mr Brian North and Mrs Adrienne Haberfield. We know Adrienne was delighted to receive her life membership earlier this year in July, and we honoured her memory and contribution given to the club over the past years.
We look forward to the next 50 years of fostering the Academy's future judges and teachers.
Jacqueline Jones - President, Christchurch Balmoral Club

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