A.W.D.A. Newsletter February 2019


We would like to welcome everyone back to our academy and give a special welcome to new students and parents.


AWDA Website & Facebook

All information is available on our website. Check it out!!  www.awda.co.nz.

If you are on Facebook search for “Auckland West Dance Academy” and click on “like” – it will include a link to our website, useful dates and other information.  Please also find and follow our Instagram page.


Now is a great time to start dancing or learn another form of dance – ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary or tap

We have vacancies in all levels from Little Dancers up.

Depending on enrolments and interest we have new classes available:  

NEW - Little Dancers classes on Monday at 4.00pm, for 4 ½ to 5 ½ yr olds.

NEW – New School Beginners Hip Hop – Wednesday 4.00pm

NEW – Stretch Leap & Spin – NZAMD Syllabus, either to sit an exam or attend for fun and extension.  Dancer recommended being in Grade 4 or above.  Class will be on Monday 6.45pm.

NEW – RAD Grade 2 Ballet – Monday 5.45 & Tuesday 4.45pm (available for current grade 2-4 ballet students or jazz students who have not done ballet previously)

NEW – Tap Saturday 2.30pm Primary (approx. 6 to 9 years) & 3.00pm Grade 2 (9 years & older)

NEW – Lyrical Friday 3.30pm open class under 12 years

We have 6 Pre-school classes – Fairy Feet (Pre School Ballet) - Tuesday 9.30am & 10.00am, Saturday at 10.30am.

Funky Steps (pre-school dance classes for movers and groovers) Friday at 3.30pm and Saturday at 9.00am

PLUS Mini Movers (Pre School classes for 4 year olds only) 11.00am Saturday class.

Please enquire with Kym or at the office about any classes.     


Term Fees  All fees include GST.  

Note all fees to be paid in the first 3 weeks (by Saturday 23rd February).

If you wish to take advantage of the prompt payment discount of $5 per fee, be sure fees are paid in full by Saturday 9th February. 

Please do not subtract the prompt payment discount after this date.

Only paid up members of the academy will be accepted into class after this date. 



IF PAID by 9 February

½ hour



¾ hour



1 hour



1¼ hours



Extra discount for multiple lessons per week:

10% for 2 or more classes per week

Please subtract the multiple lesson discount after taking off the prompt payment discount

SPECIAL OFFER: Take as many dance classes as you like for only $600 per term with our UNLIMITED package (t&c’s - for one sibling only, no other discounts apply, does not include competition lessons, troupe, senior open class, technique or private lessons).  This replaces the 15% discount previously offered for 4 plus classes.

*Please note Term Fees per term are based on 8 – 9 lessons.  Term 1 is 10 weeks long this year.


If you cannot work out your own fees from the table above, please see the office.

Fees may be posted to Auckland West Dance Academy, P O Box 21-725, Henderson, Auckland 0650 or cheques put through the Academy’s office window into the fees slot.  Please give cash directly to the office so you can receive a receipt.  Fees may also be paid by internet banking – details at office.

Please try to replace any missed classes during the term by attending another class at a different time to your normal class, preferably at the same level.  Sorry no credits for lessons missed.  Catch up lessons allowed.


Teacher News

·         Welcome to Gemma Rundle who is teaching Pre School & Dance Stars on Saturday’s this year, we look forward to seeing her share her skills and knowledge with our future dancers. 


RBM HIP HOP Exciting new hip hop syllabus to be introduced this year for our Hip Hop classes.  RBM has the latest in Urban Choreography, by some of the most talented choreographers throughout the country. The programme works in levels, teaching foundational movements and exercises to assist the growth of students into well-rounded and technical dancers, working progressively through a variety of street/commercial dance and urban choreography. 
While focusing on developing technique and skill, RBM is curated with emphasis on performance and encourages students to step outside of their comfort zone, gaining confidence through dance.


 “Dare to Dream” – It was another great show!  Thanks again everyone!!

DVD of “Dare to Dream”

We are sure you will enjoy the DVD again this year. DVDs that have been pre ordered are in the office to be paid for and picked up.  A very limited number of DVD’s are still available to purchase.

Show Photographs

It is not too late to order the posed photographs taken.  An invite only Facebook page has been set up if you would like to order action photos.  Please email Tash awdaphotos2018@gmail.com to get your name added.  If you have any photographs that have been ordered and paid for last year please they will be available to collect from the office.


The Xmas raffle - congratulations to Tania Chin who won the show raffle.  Many thanks to Sandra Newman for donating this and giving us a great start for this year's scholarship fund.

Trophy Donation - thank you to Cara Cunningham for donating 3 new trophies that were given out at prize giving.


Well done to our 2018 AWDA Scholarship winners -

Lower Grade Jazz – Addison Williams

Senior Jazz – Gemma Rundle

Ballet – Elle Shao

Hip Hop – Victoria Tupara

Tap – Juna Hall

Lyrical – Bella Brough & Sarah Tupara

Contemporary – Bella Brough

Incentive Scholarship – Jemma Missett


Scholarship Application Receipients -

Thank you to everyone who applied; we were overwhelmed with number of applications and it was a very difficult decision as everyone was so deserving.  Congratulations to the following students who were successful in receiving a scholarship for tuition:

Aimee Akutsu

Daniela Baird

Liliana Johnson-Richardson

Emily Lowe

Camryn McLoon

Della Ngarotata

Jasmine Pampellone

Hope Strom

Hamish Williamson


Please park thoughtfully - Park well forward, taking care that your car does not protrude into the driveway.  Please only park in AWDA car parks (not the car park direct in front of the dairy or the butchers).  Note the back car parks are only for teachers cars.  Parking is also available across the road from the studio, on Rosier Road or Kamara Road.


It is “students only” in all classes in the downstairs studios, viewing is only from classes in studio 1.  No spectators in studio 2 & 3 please - unless you are new to our academy. You are then welcome to observe every lesson for the first two or three weeks. 


GROOMING  Let's start the year well by ensuring correct dance attire is worn to all lessons.  We want you to look and feel like dancers AND most importantly we need to see if your posture and placing are correct.  This is not possible if Tees/sweatshirts are worn over leotards. 

Hair must be tidy.  Long hair is to be in a bun for ballet, lyrical and jazz.  For Hip Hop hair should be in a ponytail.  Except for ear studs, no watches and jewellery may be worn. 


JAZZ – Compulsory for all students:  Purple leotard, and once students have reached Grade 1 black/purple ¾ tights over the leotard.  Faith style black leotard from Pre Major and above.  Full length mocha tights are to be worn up to Pre Grade.  Optional extras also available i.e. summer shorts and singlet tops.  All of the uniform is available to purchase in the dancewear shop in the office.  Males – Uniform available to be ordered.

BALLET – Compulsory for all students: Mulberry leotard and optional skirt (for lessons only) up to and including Grade 5, Faith style black leotard with optional skirt for senior levels.  Please ensure you have the correct theory books as required from Grade 1 upwards.

Hip Hop students – Compulsory for all lessons – AWDA hip hop top and pants.  Please keep your black canvas shoes clean and only wear them inside the dance studio, NOWHERE ELSE. 

Consistently poorly groomed students will be asked to sit and watch rather than take part in their class.


Purchasing Dance wear

New and recycled dance wear is available in the office.  Office staff will be available on Monday-Thursday from 3.00 until 5.00 and Saturdays from 9am until 12.00pm.  On Fridays the office will only be open the first three weeks of each term.  Please ring Kym to arrange another time if needed.  If you wish to sell dance wear you have grown out of there is a $2.00 seller fee, old uniform styles not needed. 


Music & Books for Practice

CDs $8, Syllabus books - $3-5 (jazz grades/junior ballet grades) to $8 (senior ballet grades). 

Most music and syllabus books are ready NOW for you. Please buy yours as soon as possible.

BAL theory books are available to purchase and are compulsory from Grade 1 & above.


Lost Property is kept in the kitchen.  Unclaimed items will be given to the Salvation Army.  Left behind drink bottles will be put in the cupboard under sink in the kitchen; however we can only keep these for one month as there is no more storage available.  Remember to name your drink bottles that you bring to dancing.

Photos from “Dare to Dream” - 2018 Show

Below Left:                                       Below Right:

“A Millions Dreams”                       “Get Out of My Dreams”

Pre Primary Ballet                           Grade 1 Jazz 

Int Hip Hop            Contemporary     trophies










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