The New Zealand Academy of Highland and National Dancing

2010 Early Childhood Conference "Valuing Care" - 1st Jun 2010

On Saturday 8th May,  Jacqueline Jones, Cushla Piesse and Elizabeth Smith presented a workshop “Starting on the Right Foot” which was held at the Christchurch Convention Centre.
Thirty three participants attended from all parts of New Zealand and Asia including one of our own academy members, Nikki Reynolds.
The presentation included seven tracks from Starting on the Right Foot and for each song used, a detailed explanation was given of its developmental benefits.
Content covered the seven elements of dance and music along with the basic fundamental movement skills including stability, locomotor and body awareness, and also covered the basic skills of hopping, galloping and skipping.
The workshop provided delegates with a great insight as to how dance can help with a child’s development to stimulate and energise their brain and giving them a very special start on life’s pathway.


Christchurch Getting Started In Dance Candidates Receive Their Teddies - 1st Jun 2010

Christchurch Getting Started In Dance Candidates Receive Their Teddies  For the first time The NZ Academy  of Highland & National Dancing have given Teddies and badges for the candidates in Getting Started in Dance and Lets Dance Assessments.

These have been very well received by the candidates, parents and teachers.
Pictured is Examiner Mrs Janet Allison (Lower Hutt) presented Christchurch candidates with their teddies.


May Examination Interview Times - 8th May 2010

Please Click On the Link Below to View the dates and times for your areas examination Interviews.

Please contact your area exam organiser for venue details.

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.

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