AWDA 2019 September Newsletter



Term 3’s last lessons are on Saturday 28th September.  Term 4 begins on Monday 14th October.  No dancing on Labour Day 28th October (classes still on Saturday 26th October).  Term 4 Fees to be paid by Saturday 19th October if you wish to have the prompt payment discount.    Please note that 17-19 October there will be some lessons cancelled while teachers are in Palmerston North for PACANZ NZ dance finals (you will receive information regarding this if your class is affected).


All fees to be paid in the first 3 weeks of the term.

Please work out your fees from the chart below.  I will not be doing any invoices – but if your fees are too complicated to work out just ask for one. 

·         Fees may be posted to ‘Auckland West Dance Academy’,   

P O Box 21725, Henderson, Auckland 0650.

·         Cheques may be put directly into the ‘fee’ box through the office window. 

·         If paying cash, please pay the office and receive a receipt.

·         Fees may be banked directly into AWDA account – See the office for details

From the 4th week on, only paid up members of the academy may participate in classes.   All fees include GST. 


Show rehearsal fees have been added in the table below:

Classes         Term fee       Rehearsal                                Total              If PAID in week 1

                                                                                                                  by 19th October

½ hr            $85              $15                                        $100.00         $95.00

¾ hr            $110            $15                                        $125.00         $120.00

1 hr             $125            $15                                        $140.00         $135.00

1 ¼ hr         $140            $15                                        $155.00         $150.00

NOTE:  If you are in more than one item you still pay only one $15 rehearsal fee. 

Extra discount for multiple lessons per week:

10% for 2 or more classes per week

UNLIMITED LESSON PACKAGE - $600 (t&c’s - for one sibling only, no other discounts apply, does not include competition, open item or private lessons). 


Please subtract the multiple lesson discount after taking off the prompt payment discount and then add the rehearsal fee. Please note that there are no refunds given or fee credits for missed classes.  Make-up lessons are allowed for missed classes.


Extra Show Items – If you would like to be in another item for the show please contact Kym or the office to enrol.  We are currently enrolling in Jazz, Ballet and Hip Hop – next term no new enrolments will be accepted for show items, many other classes are already full.


Show Costume Measurements  

We need $50 deposit for show costumes - CASH ONLY AND PLEASE DO NOT PAY BY INTERNET INTO STUDIO ACCOUNT AS THE MONEY GOES DIRECTLY TO THE DRESSMAKER.  You may also need to come to the studio to be measured and therefore pay $50 deposit directly to the dressmaker.  When you are measured please wear your uniform to help ensure that the dressmaker gets the right measurements.  Notices will be given to you about your group’s costumes as soon as it is worked out.  Please do not give cheques as costume payments do not go through the studio and the dressmaker will need access to purchase fabric straight away. 


Mobile Phone Etiquette – Students should have their mobile phones switched off during a class unless expecting a parent to contact them.


Trophy Returns

All trophies need to be returned in a clean condition with name engraved on it by the first week of Term 4 AT THE LATEST.  Please start organising this now if you were a recipient of a trophy last year.


Mufti Fundraiser Week 2019 – Reminder this is on the last week of Term 3 (23rd – 28th September) – come to dancing in anything yellow or red (no leotards required this week) and bring a gold coin donation for dancing in mufti.  There will be a prize for the most creative outfit!  All donations will go to Ronald McDonald House.  Please support this and any donations from friends/family that you can bring along would also be greatly appreciated.


Drinking water in class - Students please bring your own water bottle (and fill it at the studio if you like).  


Second hand clothing – Any money not collected will be donated to scholarship. 


Lost Property – Any remaining lost property will be donated to the Salvation Army at the end of this term.


 “Show Stoppers” – this year’s annual show  

This year we will have two performances in which all dancers will be performing in both shows.  Our show will be on 2 consecutive days: 

Sunday 1 December 2.30pm show – All items with the Junior Prize Giving

Monday 2 December 6.30pm show – All items with the Senior Prize Giving


JUNIOR – Little Dancers, Pre Primary, Primary, Dance Stars, Junior Jazz, Pre Grade, Grade 1-3, Contemporary Level 3, Grade 2 Tap, Level 1-4 Hip Hop, Junior/Intermediate Lyrical.


SENIOR – Grade 4 and above Ballet, Jazz and Tap, Level 5 Hip Hop and above, Senior Contemporary, Senior Lyrical.


Rehearsals: Each item will have a rehearsal after school either Wednesday 27th November for items in the first half or Thursday 28th November for items in the 2nd half.  This will be for 45 minutes to an hour.  Times and date TBC.

Then we have a full dress rehearsal on Saturday 30th November THIS YEAR AT WAITAKERE COLLEGE DUE TO AVONDALE COLLEGE BEING UNAVAILABLE ON THIS DATE.  Dancers in the first half of the show will be in the morning until lunchtime.  Finale practice will be mid-day with notes for parents.  Dancers in the second half of the show will be in the afternoon to early evening.  Please note parents/guardians during show performances are only allowed backstage if you are the official helper for a show group or if you are helping with a quick change. 


If you wish to take part in our show you must be available for ALL the rehearsals and show dates.  If you are unable to take part in ‘Show Stoppers’ please let your teacher know NOW so that the choreography and costumes can be arranged for the correct number of students. 

Studio 813 5459

Kym 027 264 7287                                                                                                                                

Keri 021 274 1411

Sarah R 021 204 1083                                                                                                                           Georgia 021 124 4514

Tamzin 021 165 0859                                                                                                                            Stevie 027 829 5765      

Shannon 021 047 6189                                                                                                                         Maddy 027 873 0550                   

Sarah T 027 410 2904                                                                                                                           Gemma 022 361 3430