The New Zealand Academy of Highland and National Dancing

Highland Dancing Cocktail Party - 2nd Jun 2010

Invitations to a cocktail party for teachers have been posted to all Academy members with pupils entered for the NZ Championships in Blenheim. If you are attending the Championships (whether you have pupils dancing or not) and have not received an invitation by post, we would love you to join us - see invitation below.

Highland Dancing Cocktail Party Invitation

Kiltie Club Magazine - 1st Jun 2010

 Anna Millar and Kim Burnside are in the process of organising a special edition Kiltie Club for the NZ Championships.

We are hoping you can help us by providing the following contributions for the magazine:
1. Pictures of dancers and their friends.
2. A junior dancer who has just recently sat their first medal test (along with a photo), that we can profile in the magazine.
3. Quotes from dancers who are going to the NZ Championships and what they are looking forward to most.
4. Anyone willing to create a dancing themed wordfind/crossword.
5. Anything else - dancing related.
We would really appreciate it if you can provide anything for the magazine by 8 June. Please email the information to If you can recommend anyone for the above contributions, please let us know their contact phone number or email and we can contact them directly.
If you are a teacher and would like a previous copy of the Kiltie Club Magazine to show your pupils, then please let us know. Membership numbers are low and we really need help from teachers in trying to increase the numbers.

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

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