The New Zealand Academy of Highland and National Dancing

Letters after your name - 3rd Apr 2013

Once you have qualified for your Diploma you can use the letters MNZAHND after your name. This replaces MAHND

Exam certificates - 3rd Apr 2013

From May Examinations candidates certificates will be sent directly to individual teachers instead of being sent to the Area exam organiser for distribution.


In the December Newsletter, information relating to possible changes to our Examination Grading System was inadvertently announced.  The intention of this information was as a discussion point for the Joint Meeting of Techncial and Executive.  Executive apologise for this mistake and acknowledge correspondence received from members.  It will be, as was the original intention, a topic which will be on the Agenda for discussion at this year's annual conference.  This will enable all members the opportunity to discuss the merits of any change to the present Examination Grading System.  We will announce in the August Newsletter the preference of the Executive Council and the Technical Committee.

Therefore, there is no change to the Grading System presently used from Initial to Advanced and all Pass Grades will remain in place for the 2013 year.

As a good will gesture, we are prepared to extend the closing date for Initial and Preparatory only , until 13 March. This will give the opportunity for teachers who did not enter candidates in these grades because of the proposed change to grades to now do so.

Executive sincerely regrets this oversight.

2013 Highland Dance Company of NZ members - 28th Feb 2013

The Executive annouce the members of the  Highland Dance Company of NZ for 2013

Kylie Allison-Miller, Niamh Blackman, Rachel Bates, Brittany Carlton, Rachel Crampton, Emma Cropper, Emma Denney, Jessica Findlay, Lewis Gibson, Sarah Gluyas, Ella Rose Hammond, Nicole Harding, Nicole Harvey, Angus Hendry, Courtenay Henshaw, Sarah McQueen, Isabelle Merwood, Shirana Rengasamy, Danielle Pope, Sarah Robson, Rosa Sangster, Serena Sangster, Sara Simmons, Leighton Terry, Sam Tait, Kate Wills, Jayden Withington.

May Exam Entries - 20th Feb 2013

Reminder that May Exam entries close 01 March. Please ensure that you post early as NZ Post is very slow at the moment.

2013 Summer Fling Christchurch - 4th Feb 2013

Scholarship Winners - Victoria Wilson (absent) The Summer Fling 2013 was held recently in Christchurch and was heralded a great success.  There were 164 enrolments - 159 dancers and 5 teacher observers. Tutors this year were Mrs Lynette Mitchell, Mrs Robyn Simmons, Mrs Sue Gill and Mrs Kim Mavor. Mrs Katherine Kaynes tutors the Junior Dance Class and Mrs Danitta Findlay took the Intermediate fun class. The Senior workshop was taken by Helen Inkster and Robyn Simmons and retired dancers - Julianna Simeonidis and Merryn Herlihy.

The fun classes for the younger dancers and the workshops for 12 & over dancers proved to be the most popular with 42 dancers in the Intermediate class anf 50 in the Senior workshop

Balmoral Club scholarships were awareded by the tutors of each examination class from Initial through to Advanced. The winners were as follows:
Initial - Catilyn Stewart - Rakaia
Preparatory - Amelia Bottin g- Christchurch
Grade 1 - Lucy Muir - Christchurch
Grade 2 - Ruby Baynes - Christchurch
Grade 3 - Victoria Stevens - Christchurch
Grade 4  - Brittney Moore - Ashburton
Grade 5 - Jordan McIvor - Christchurch
Elementary - Courtenay Henshaw - Christchurch
Intermediate - Brittany Findlay - Christchurch
Advanced - Victoria Wilson - Timaru

See the Gallery for more photos from Summer Fling 2013

Hawkes Bay Summer School 2013 - 16th Jan 2013

Hawkes Bay Summer School 2013 The Hawkes Bay Summer School was held recently and they had 3 days of temperatures ranging from 32-35 degress but all the pupils worked very hard and enjoyed their classes

Scholarship winners
 Junior Under 10 class - Isla MacFarlane, Orla Byers, Madison Basher
Senior Under 10 class - Christie Watson, Brooke Wilson
10 & under 14 class - Imogen Grayson, Emma Cavaney
14 & over class - Nicole Harvey, Jessie Williams-Emmett

See the gallery for the class photos

Marlborough Dance centre production "Oliver" 2012 - 14th Dec 2012

Marlborough Dance centre production The Marlborough Dance Centre performed "Oliver" at their end of year production

See the Gallery for more photos

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