The New Zealand Academy of Highland and National Dancing

Christchurch Earthquake - 23rd Feb 2011

I am sure you will all join with me to share our thoughts and prayers to our Christchurch members, their families, friends and colleagues which have been affected by yesterday’s tragic event. For those of us not in Christchurch, we cannot imagine what you are going through and what we see on television is numbing. If any of you know of members that need our support, please let Raewyn know in the first instance, and she will pass it on to us. Try and be a little comforted to know that your dancing friends are thinking of you all during this terrible time.

Annetta Cowie

Margaret Thomas - 21st Feb 2011

It is with some sadness that we advise of the passing of Margaret Thomas from Auckland. Margaret will be remembered with fondness by our members. A full obituary will appear in the next newsletter.

Auckland Summer School - 8th Feb 2011

Auckland Summer School Aucklands 16th Annual Summer School held recently at the Auckland Academy of Dance's new

Studio in New Lynn was a very successful 4 days with dancers from Christchurch, Wellington,

Manawatu, Hawke's Bay, Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Warkworth and Auckland areas attending.

Student numbers were well up on the previous year and seven Piping & Dancing members

attended for Judges Upskilling.

A performance of the Dance Class items was held in the Athletic Hall to an appreciative

audience of parents on the final evening.

Tutors at the 2011 school were Gaye Reid, Shelley Easton and Jan McKerrow.

See Gallery for more photos

Susan Douthett's wedding - 27th Jan 2011

Susan Douthett's wedding On 11 December 2010 Susan Douthett married Andrew Mackay in a ceremony held in St Oswald's Church in Wanganui.
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SUMMER FLING 2011 - BOARDERS - 25th Jan 2011

We had 27 staying in the boarding house, from Tauranga, Auckland, Wellington, Invercargill, Ashburton, Christchurch. All experienced at least 2 aftershocks during a couple of nights. Thanks to Emma Cropper who was “Camp Mother” for the week.
See Gallery for Boarders photos

Christine Paul's Christmas concert - 1st Jan 2011

For a Christmas finale a concert was held entitled “Everyone’s a Star” and they were!

Apart from our more traditional items each group had a choreographed piece, which was an extreme highlight.

Items included Hairspray, Loch Ness Monster, Pink & Blue Toothbrush, Shake ya Tailfeathers

Seven Little Girls, Highland Laddie & Barracks Johnnie.

The afternoon was a great success, also helping celebrate Heidi’s 16th birthday (the oldest member of the Dance School).

The concert culminated in an rendition of our dancing warm up “ Hop Scotch Polka” performed by all the Mum’s.

See the gallery for the photos from this concert

Christmas Concert in Christchurch - 20th Dec 2010

On Saturday 27th November the combined dancing schools of Julie Hawke, Katherine Kaynes, Danitta Findlay, Cushla Piesse, Adrienne Haberfield and Jamie-Lee Tuuta joined together to put on a spectacular concert called “Christmas Around the World” at the Ngaio Marsh Theatre. This concert was in aid to raise money for the upcoming New Zealand Highland Dancing Championships that Christchurch is hosting in July next year. It was a wonderful performance to a sell out crowd, which commenced with Santa in his workshop with his elves, fairies and other helpers putting the all the Christmas presents into the sleigh for the adventure they were about to embark on to see dance performances from all over the world. These countries included; Africa, India, America, France and much more. The final leg of Santa’s trip was to Scotland with Santa himself piping on all the Highland Dancers onto the stage for a Massed Highland Fling.
A huge thank you must go to all the wonderful dancers who participated and their dedicated teachers whom without their commitment the concert would not have gone ahead. Also a special thank you to Julie Hawke for her directorship towards this very successful event.

See the Gallery for the photos of this great event

Marlborough Dance Centre Concert - 20th Dec 2010

Marlborough Dance Centre's annual end of year production was this year an adaptation of "The Princess and the Frog". Dancers performed four shows from 3rd December to 6 December. Photos from some of the Highland items included in the show -
1. Birds in Mama Odie's Den - Grade 1 & 2 dancers
2. Dr Facilier, the evil Witch Doctor and her Shadow - danced by Sara Simmons and Danielle Pope
3. Fireflies in the Bayou - Grades 3 & 4 classes
4. Glow-Worms in the Bayou - Beginner Highland class
5. Louis the Alligator - danced by Caitlin Morris with one of the Jazz classes
6. Sailor Dolls - Level 2 class
7. & 8. Shadows - Senior dancers
9. Voodoo Masks in Dr Facilier's Emporium - Senior dancers
10. Waitresses in Tiana's Restaurant - Initial dancers

See the Photo Gallery for the photos

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