The New Zealand Academy of Highland and National Dancing

Lorient Festival Day 2 - 5th Aug 2016

Lorient Festival Day 2

Finally after a good sleep horizontally the Dance Company took the morning to explore Lorient. We managed to order ourselves breakfast, delicious French croissants and baguettes and look around the city.

We are perfectly located with the stadium right next door and the festival tents only a short walk away. 
After a bit of exploring and our first taste of French cuisine we rehearsed for a few hours.

Everyone is starting to use a little French although Sara got slightly confused between French and Italian and wondered why she was being laughed at. We have been allocated two interpreters which should help (especially Sara) in the future.

Everyone is still tired after a long trip and rehearsals, however we are looking forward to the festival starting.

Sarah Robson & Megan Ferguson

Dance Company Lorient Festival - 31st Jul 2016

The Dance Company leave on Monday for Paris and then onto Lorient to perform at the Lorient Festival along with the City of Auckland Pipe Band.
The Executive wishes everyone an enjoyable time and safe travels.

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Conference Registrations - 28th Jul 2016

Reminder that conference registrations close on 31 July for the cheaper conference levy.
Remember you can complete the registration form on line at or download and complete the form from the resources list on the website

Diploma applications - 28th Jul 2016

Reminder that applications to receive your diploma at Dunedin conference close on 1 August. Forms are available from our website resources, downloads

Lorna's Ceilidh - 23rd Jul 2016

Saturday August 13th 7.30 p.m.
Bayview Primary School

Queens Birthday Honours - Julie Hawke - 8th Jun 2016

Congratulations to Julie Hawke on her inclusion in the Queen's 90th Birthday Honours receiving the Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of her services to Highland dancing.

Omission and Apology - 12th May 2016

Omission and Apology Executive would like to apologise to Serena Sangster whose name was inadvertently omitted from the list of presentations in the December Newsletter.  At the Wellington Conference, Serena was presented with her Solo Seal Certificate which is a significant achievement and deserved special mention.  Please accept our sincere apologies Serena.  We have been able to obtain a photograph of Serena receiving this award and pleased to be able to share this with you. 

Adrienne Haberfield Scholarship for new teachers - 11th May 2016

Reminder for those young budding teachers that applications for the  new teacher scholarships close on 30 June.
For the purpose of this scholarship a new teacher is defined as:

  • a teacher yet to commence teaching in their own right, or within their first year of teaching in their own right as at the date of application

See Downloads for the details and application form

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