The New Zealand Academy of Highland and National Dancing

Summer School Schedules available - 6th Oct 2013

The Summer Fling Schedule and the Hawkes Bay Summer School schedule is now available under Downloads

Youth at conference - 6th Oct 2013

Group 1 Human Pyramid
Youth Representative Emma Cropper set the Youth a photo challenge over the weekend.

Each photo was worth points and the team with the most points won over all.

The winning group was team five:
Sara Simmons
Kate Wills
Jessica Findlay
Emma Denney
Lexi Fleming
Stafford Horman
Sarah McQueen
Leighton Terry
Brittany Kirk

All Black Dominic Baird and Crusader Luke Whitelock judged the overall best photo which went to the pyramid by team one and second place was the human sword by team five.

See gallery for the photos

Also click on the links below to see their videos
Youth Flash Mob

Tauranga Conference Video to MTKO Classic

Dance Development Course - Judges Workshop change - 27th Aug 2013

The Technical committee advise that the Judges Workshop is now open to all judges and will include Report writing. Initially it was indicated that the workshop was targeted at Junior judges only.

Announcing Guest Speakers for this years Dance Development Course - 7th Aug 2013

The Executive is proud to present our two guest speakers at this years Dance Development Course at Tauranga.

 Carolynn Margan from Persona- Performance

I currently reside in Tauranga in the sunny Bay of Plenty where I own and operate a full time coaching business as well as a Sports Massage Clinic. I have been involved with sports in all shapes and forms from individuals wishing to participate to the elite of their chosen sport.

I have just returned from France where I was helping in a coaching capacity with the NZ Long course Triathlon team, I have travelled in the last 20 years with other representative teams such as NZ Surf Life Saving / NZ Cycling as well as working here in New Zealand with the All Blacks, NZ Sevens, NZ League, cricket players such as Jacob Oram, cyclists Sarah Ulmer, triathlete Kieron Doe and many more.

I specialise in recovery techniques and injury prevention and lecture to many sporting groups of all ages in this area. I work closely with the International Rugby Academy NZ in this area working with players and coaches from NZ as well as from overseas.

I am a qualified Pilates instructor and teach both mat work and reformer as well as developing and implementing stretching programs that I have designed.

My coaching clients are generally endurance athletes from Ironman to marathons and even a few ultra runners and cyclists. My coaching includes all aspects of the training as well as nutrition, mental skills, goal setting, daily planning, injury prevention.

I look forward to working with you in September


Motivational speaker Gordon Tietjens is considered to be one of the finest coaches of any sport in the world. He has led New Zealand’s dominating run in the world of rugby sevens throughout the 1990s and 2000’s. In the 14 years since the IRB Rugby World Series has been run, he has won 11 World Titles and 4 Commonwealth Games Gold Medals; 1998 Kuala Lumpar, 2002 Manchester, 2006 Melbourne and 2010 Delhi. He was named the New Zealand Rugby Union Coach of the year in 2010 recognised for guiding his team to a fourth consecutive Commonwealth Games gold medal.
In 1999 his efforts were recognised by being awarded the NZ Order of Merit in the New Zealand’s Honours List and again in 2007 he was awarded the Insignia of a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. In 2012 Gordon became the 49th inductee into the International Rugby Board’s Hall of Fame. The commemorative cap and gold pin were presented at an awards ceremony at Twickenham, shortly after New Zealand clinched their 11th World Series title from 14 attempts. Gordon was further promoted in 2013 to a Knight Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to rugby after 19 years of coaching the All Black Sevens.
Gordon is known for his no nonsense leadership style and uncanny ability to spot raw new talent. Whether its’ the motivation he injects into his teams, his refusal to accept anything but the best from his players, or his absolute belief in his ability to pick and coach people to be the best they can be. Gordon is a remarkable man with a remarkable track record in sport and working with winning teams.
Many of these principles have been mirrored throughout his 30 year career with Bay Engineers Supplies where he has just made the transition from General Manager to the Strategic Sales Director.
Gordon represented New Zealand in rugby sevens in 1983 and played 86 games for Bay of Plenty between 1981 and 1989.
In May 2006 Gordon released his book “Titch Sevens is My Game”.

Gordon is a compelling and fascinating conference speaker and will motivate and inspire your team to achieve the most that they can.


MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE AT CONFERENCE For members attending conference there is a 10% discount off all books, cds/ merchandise etc.
An order form will be included in your conference folder,  or you can pre order using the order form from the Dowloads section and pick up at conference.


Red Resistance/stretch bands - medium resistance   $12 each. These are great for stretching feet, calf muscles, hamstrings etc.

Marker Spots
We have a limited number of sets of marker spots still available. Cost $25.00

Journey of the Celts - concert details - 4th Aug 2013

Journey of the Celts - concert details The concerts are being held in Blenheim on 29 August at the Marlborough Civic Theatre at 7 pm. and in Christchurch on 31 August at The Grange Theatre, Middleton Grange School at 2 p.m. and 7 pm

Tickets are available from www. or 0800 224 224

Sailors Stage 2 Theory - 11th Jul 2013

Teachers, can you please advise your candidates sitting Sailors Stage 2 that the History of the Dance and Dress theory form part of the Theory requirements for this examination. In some combined syllabuses these pages were ommitted from the theory section of the book but are at the front of the Stage 2 section.

Youth Representative nominations - 4th Jul 2013

As no nominations were received by the closing date the Executive has extended the closing date for nominations until 17 July.

Nomination forms are available on the website (Downloads) and are to be sent to the  Secretary,NZAHND, Box 5470 Palmerston North.

Nominations  received after 5 p.m. on Wednesday 17th July will not be accepted.

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