The New Zealand Academy of Highland and National Dancing

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

Youth Representitive Report - Sept 2008 - 6th Nov 2009

Youth Representitive Report - Sept 2008 Hi Everyone,

Firstly I want to thank everyone that got involved and voted for Youth Representative. It was great to see that there were more votes lodged this time around. It shows that the youth are becoming more active in our Academy.

I want to thank Shelley for all the hard work she did in the role as Youth Representative. She did an excellent job at representing the youth and encouraging everyone to become more involved.

My goals as your new Youth Representative:

* Listen to your opinions and then act as your voice.
* Encourage junior members to become more actively involved.
* Encourage more effective communication and understanding between the Executive members and the youth members of the Academy.
* Create a more vibrant and stimulating atmosphere for youth members by introducing events and workshops specifically directed to the youth.
* Be an easy to talk to, approachable, sociable person in the Highland Dancing community.

Conference this year is being held in Christchurch from 26 to 28 September 2008. My first job as Youth Representative is to run the Youth Forum at Conference. The Youth Forum will be held at 8:00 am on the Sunday morning. I know it is early, but I hope that all the 30 years and under people will attend.

If anyone has any topic/idea that they would like discussed during the Youth Forum, then please email me. If you are unable to attend Conference you can still email me with your topic/idea and I can present it for discussion on your behalf.

Lastly, all the best to those sitting exams in the next couple of weeks.

Hope to see you all at Conference in Christchurch.

Kim Burnside

2020 Conference postponed - 1st Jan 1970

Executive regrettably advise that this year's conference in Queenstown is postponed until 24-26 September 2021 and will still be held in Queenstown.  

We appreciate the short notice in advising those attending of our decision, but we wanted to wait in case the decision last Friday would change to Level 1.  Unfortunately for us this did not happen.  While the Government plan to review the decision on the 14th of September, there is no guarantee that the current levels will be altered.  We consider this is the right decision for the safety of our members and their families at this time.

Solo Seal will still go ahead on Friday the 18th,and more information will follow on this. 

Our sincere thanks to the Southland Teachers and Judges for the work they have done in preparation to host our 70th conference.  We know our members will applaud their efforts.

This decision has been a real challenge for your Executive, involving many meetings and serious discussion.  At the beginning of this year none of us could have anticipated the paths that we would all travel and the sacrifices that would have to be made.  These are extraordinary times. 

Annetta Cowie


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