October 2018 Newsletter


No lessons are on over Labour Weekend.  Lessons will be cancelled during the Saturday and Monday of this weekend 20th & 22nd October.


All Term 4 fees must be paid by 3rd November.

Invoices are not being given out for this term (refer to last month’s newsletter or on the website on the AWDA news page: www.awda.co.nz). 

From the 4th week on, only paid up members of the academy will be accepted into the classes.   Prompt payment discount is subtracted only if paid by 20th October.  Please see the September Newsletter for the fees chart.  

Fees may be posted to A.W.D.A, P O Box 21725, Henderson, Auckland 0650.


JDNZ Exam & Assessment Results 

We had over 165 jazz exam, and jazz assessment candidates this year.  Well done everyone, we had excellent results once again.

Congratulations to the following assessment students who received Special Merit which is the equivalent of honours/honours with distinction in JDNZ jazz exams

Dance Stars:  Grace Bi, Suzy Clarke, Alba Thatcher-Edley, Scarlet Townshend

Little Dancers:  Bailey James, Delilah McMannis, Adelina Shiu, Aarna Tandon

Special Congratulations to all our jazz exam students who achieved Honours with Distinction, which in Jazz Dance NZ is at least 95%

Advanced 2 Jazz:   Stevie Barker, Madison Connon

Intermediate 2 Jazz:   Seraphina Gauld, Gemma Rundle, Hope Strom, Sarah Tupara

Intermediate 1 Jazz:   Bella Brough

Pre Major:   Sophie Francis, Crystal Ruddell, Imogen Taylor, Victoria Tupara

Grade 6:  Brooklyn Davies, Gur Parsaad Kaur Khalsa, Jessica MacRae, Alessandra Mutton, Thewannya Perera, Maya Pinto, Kirti Raju, Nina Simpson, Ana Tanoi

Grade 5 Jazz:  Charlotte Pepper, Rhianna Stevens, Madeline Stocker, Madison Wood

Grade 4 Jazz:  Jenna Platt, Layla Roberts, Leah Williams

Grade 3 Jazz: Pari Bhargava, Annie-rose Collins, Ella Cowan, Olivia Dowman, Trinity Lee, Mia Marsh, Nethaya Perera, Rosie Taylor

Grade 2 Jazz: Elysse Boston-Martin, Isabel Fonoti, Holly Hickman, Sasha Hickman, Sonya Mason, Jaya Nelson, Erin Parris, Sian Tatana, Skylar-Bailey Woolford

Grade 1 Jazz: Grace Fonoti, Eliza Liu, Taylor Marsh, Della Ngarotata, Cameron Platt, Elle Shao

Pre Grade Jazz: Grace Hale, Phoebe McAllister, Gemma Ritson, Sophie Scott, Alicia Story, Addison Williams, Mia Zhang

Junior Jazz: Coco Veber-Nichols


NZAMD Contemporary Exam

Wonderful results for our Contemporary exams, well done everyone.  Special Congratulations to exam students who achieved Honours with Distinction, which in NZAMD is at least 95%

Level 5:   Bella Brough.  Bella also received a nomination to the NZAMD scholarship contemporary awards – congratulations, we are very proud of your achievement.


Hip Hop & Lyrical Medal Tests Results

Excellent results; congratulations to all students’.


BAL Exam Results

We had over 70 BAL exam entrants this year.  Congratulations to our BAL students on their results and especially our senior students who all passed their difficult exam. 

BAL’s Honours Distinction is only given in grades in ballet (not Senior exams) and for students gaining at least 90%.

The following ballet students passed with Honours Distinction:

Grade 5:  Jacqui Strom

Grade 3:  Sian Tatana, Amy Thomson

Grade 2:  Isabel Fonoti, Elle Shao

Grade 1:  Giovanna Perera

Primary:  Athena House

The following BAL Jazz students passed with Honours Distinction:

Intermediate:  Bella Brough, Gemma Rundle, Sarah Tupara

Elementary:  Gemma Rundle

Grade 4:  Stevie Barker, Nina Simpson, Victoria Tupara, Fleur Wallace

The following Tap students passed with Honours Distinction:

Tap ‘n’ Beats Stage 7:  Annaliese Ashmore, Georgia Thompson

Grade 3:  Elysse Boston-Martin, Juna Hall, Madison Wood


RAD Exam Results

We had our first two groups of RAD ballet exams this year.  Congratulations girls on your results.

The following ballet students passed with Distinction:

Intermediate Foundation:  Bella Brough, Georgia Thompson

Grade 2:  Brooklyn Davies


Fundraising Activities:

AWDA is holding our first open dance competition on Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th of October at the Glen Eden Playhouse Theatre.  There are many jobs to fill so if anyone is available to spend a couple of hours out of your weekend to help us out that would really be appreciated. We will also be needing donations of baking to sell in the kitchen. 



Reminder - Students Only weeks are in the downstairs studios’, viewing is only in studio 1.


If you are not going to attend a lesson please let the teacher know or contact the studio office.

If you wish to drink water during the dance lesson please bring your own water bottle (and remember to take it home with you).  The cupboard in the kitchen has many unclaimed water bottle’s - please check this as unclaimed bottles will be discarded by the end of October.  Please check the lost property box as unclaimed items will be donated to the Salvation Army at the end of the month


Grooming - Please ensure that correct AWDA dance uniform is worn to lessons and that hair is in a tidy bun for all genres (except hip hop - a ponytail or plait is acceptable). 


Trophy request – If you won a trophy last year and have not yet returned it please do so ASAP ensuring that your name has been engraved on it and that it is in a clean condition.


Pink Week 2018 Thank you to everyone who supported breast cancer NZ with our Pink week this year. 


SHOW - “DARE TO DREAM    Avondale College Performing Arts Centre. 

** If you wish to take part in our show you must be available for ALL the rehearsals and shows.   It is also important for dancers to be available for measuring or make other arrangements if they can't be there, and deposits need to be paid promptly otherwise the dressmaker is unable to purchase the fabric and it will delay the entire group for having their costumes made on time.


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

Monday 3 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, Primary Tap, Junior/Intermediate Hip Hop, Junior/Intermediate Lyrical.


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


Rehearsals: Each item will have a rehearsal after school either Thursday 29th or Friday 30th November.  This will be for 45 minutes to an hour.  Seniors will also have a finale rehearsal and notes on one of these days.  Times and date TBC.

Then we have a full dress rehearsal on Saturday 1st December.  Dancers in the first half of the show will be in the morning until lunchtime.  Juniors will have their finale practice at mid-day with notes for parents.  Dancers in the second half of the show will be in the afternoon to early evening.  Please note this year for parents/guardians during show performances that you are only allowed backstage if you are the official helper for a show group or if you are helping with a quick change. 


We expect the show to run for approximately 2 ˝ hours including prize giving.  There is limited car parking in the school grounds so please allow time to walk to the theatre after parking.

We will have a better idea of the length of the show when the music has been recorded. 


Grades are worked out by what grade you are now, not by what grade you sat in your last exam. 


Open item will open the show each night.

Men’s Item will be every night just before interval.


Show programme – A copy will be up on the window downstairs from the start of Term 4 – please check your name is spelt correctly and that your name is in the right item.  If you have more than one item check there is time to change between your items.  Many of our middle and seniors will have only 1 or 2 items to change!!  Fast change dressing rooms are for dancers with 2 items or less to get changed in.  Please do not add your name to the fast change dressing room list as we are at maximum numbers for these dressing rooms.


SHOW PHOTOGRAPHS TBC in the next newsletter.


“DARE TO DREAMtickets    

TICKETS -   All tickets are to be ordered through iTICKET. 

Adult Tickets (15 years and over) - $25.00

Children’s tickets - $18.00


Note: Avondale College has 12 rows of flat seating then the tiered seating. Please note the bottom row of the tiered seating is only slightly higher than the flat rows.  The best seats will be the tiered seating, then the flat rows – the closer to the stage the better.  Ticket prices have managed to stay the same as last year. Please note that we have reduced to only two shows this year, therefore we expect both shows to sell out so get in quick to avoid disappointment.


Note: Dancers must not come into the audience on the nights they perform, so please do not order tickets for them.


Tickets will go on sale on

Thursday 1st November


Book online  www.iticket.co.nz

For phone booking call 0508 iTICKET 0r (09) 361 1000

Payment may be made by credit card, cheque or by cash/eftpos (via NZ Post shops*)

*this is a payment facility only, tickets must first be booked via iTICKET, post shop payments will incur an additional $2 admin fee.

Booking fees will apply from iTicket

If booking online you will be able to see which seats are available on the seating plan.



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