The New Zealand Academy of Highland and National Dancing

Farewell Mrs Jeanie Paton - 29th Mar 2010

Farewell Mrs Jeanie Paton Dear Members

It is with great sadness to report the passing of our much loved and respected Patron, Mrs Jeanie Paton,  Mrs Paton had .been unwell for past few months and passed away peacefully early this morning.  We have as an organisation been priviledged to have shared Mrs Paton's wisdom and knowledge for such a long time.  Our sincere thoughts are with the family.

Exam Workshop - 28th Mar 2010

 Saturday and Sunday 24/25 April in Hawkes Bay

Exam classes for Preparatory – Advanced – No Intermediate exam class.
One class per day.
For a schedule or further enquires please contact Jill McIntosh 06 8767 313 or Gaye Reid –

2011 Summer Fling - Christchurch - 28th Mar 2010

Venue and dates for Summer Fling Christchurch 2011 have been confirmed.

Wednesday evening (Performers class only) 19th January
Thursday 20th January to Sunday 23rd January all classes.
Held at Rangi Ruru Girls School once again.
Boarding will be available from Wednesday evening 19th January and this year we are pleased to confirm that we can stay Sunday evening checking out by 10.00 Monday 24th January.  All meals can be provided.  Cost for all meals and accommodation will be $63.00 per day.  More information on boarding and breakdown of cost can be provided on request.  For more information or to pencil in your booking contact Elizabeth Smith

Scottish Festival - 27th Feb 2010

On Sunday 14th February the Canterbury West Coast Centre of the Piping and Dancing Association participated in a Scottish Cultural Festival afternoon. The venue Riccarton House and Bush was picture perfect and the afternoon remained fine and sunny. It was estimated some 2000 people attended.

The main theme was a Pipe Band Competition, however there was whisky tasting, Scottish Country Dancing and Highland Dancing displays. The afternoon also included a wonderful Vintage Car display and  men and women in Edwardian and Victorian costumes.
A grand parade took place around 2pm and the afternoon was completed with a Haggis Ceremony at 4.30pm.
This event is organised by the Canterbury Burns Club in conjunction with all other Scottish organisations in Christchurch. The future of this Scottish Cultural Festival is very bright and it is envisaged that a Highland Games in Christchurch will eventuate. Wonderful prospect for the Garden City.

Scottish Festival Photos

Shelley Reid Marries Stuart Easton - 27th Feb 2010

Shelley Reid Marries Stuart Easton  The wedding was on 16th January.  2 other Academy members were bridesmaids, Sister Kendall and cousin Brodie Reid. She had a guard of honour of local dancers.

Auckland Summer School 2010 - 20th Feb 2010


  • Mrs Adrienne Haberfield
  • Mrs Kimberley Mavor
  • Mrs Susan Edwards

May Exams - 20th Feb 2010

Reminder that May exam entries close on 1st March.
Please ensure your entries are with the Examination Secretary prior to this date.
Also there will only be Group interviews held after the May exams. Please indicate on your entry form whether you wish to attend a Group Interview.

2010 Summer Fling - Christchurch - 20th Feb 2010

 2010 was a very successful Summer School this year attracting 165 participants (10 observers and 155 dancers).  Numbers being well up on 2009 with some classes numbering well in the 30’s.  This year we had dancers and observers from all of New Zealand including Auckland, Wellington, Hawkes Bay, New Plymouth, Tauranga, Blenheim, Timaru, Oamaru, Ashburton and Invercargill. 

This year our Tutors were Mrs Sherilyn Hall, Mrs Robyn Simmons, and Miss Sara Simmons, with Mrs Julie Hawke taking two extra classes due to large numbers. This year we also used two senior dancers who are Balmoral Club members. Miss Kate Wills took the Junior Fun Class and Miss Jeana Wheeler tutored a new class of Junior Dancers. This class was for two days only and covered the Highland Fling and Irish Jig only.
Both the junoir and senior fun classes also continue to be very popular with each new tutor taking a different approach each year. Instead of a Boys only class, this year we ran a one day Shillelagh Class which proved popular with the boys and a couple of girls preparing for Irish exams.
Once again AMI Insurance donated Drink Bottles and Key Rings to present as spot prizes and also the prizes for guessing the correct number of chocolate bars consumed by the dancers over teh 4 days at Summer School. (the correct number was 570 chocolate bars and 643 incuding M&M's)
Ten $50.00 scholarships were awarded this year by the Tutors of each examination class from Initial through to Advanced (there was no scholarship for Intermediate as there was only 1 dancer in this grade who had won the scholarship the previous year so was not eligible to win this year). The Balmoral Club have chosen to award these scholarships even though Academy has been unsuccessful in getting a grant.
The following students were awarded scholarships at our demonstration concent:
INITIAL Jenna Welton Christchurch
PREPARATORY Charlotte Thieme Christchurch
GRADE Annabel Watts North Canterbury
GRADE Nicole Bond Oamaru
GRADE Emma Trafford Ashburton
GRADE Larissa Banks Christchurch

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