A.W.D.A. Newsletter February 2020

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 – New School Beginners Hip Hop – Friday 4:00pm (6 to 8 year olds)

NEW – Boys Hip Hop/Breaking Open Class – Friday 4:300pm (mixed ages must be over 10)

NEW – Stretch Leap & Spin Intermediate Level – 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 Thursday 7:30pm.

NEW – Pre Primary Ballet  – Saturday 4:00pm (6 to 7 year olds)and Friday 4:00pm if enough interest

NEW – RAD Grade 2 Ballet – Saturday 12:45 as well as current class Tuesday 5:15pm (two lessons per week required for ballet from Grade 2 Level onwards if sitting examinations)

NEW – RAD Grade 4 Ballet – Saturday 1:30 (current Grade / Intermediate Foundation ballet students encouraged to do this level to consolidate technique and learn character work)

NEW – Junior Lyrical  Wednesday 5:15pm (recommended age 9 to 11 years)

NEW – Contemporary Level 1  Friday 3:30pm (10 to 13 years)

NEW – Adult Class  Saturday 12:15pm ($10 per casual lesson, mixed genres – all welcome)

We have 5 Pre-school classes – Fairy Feet (Pre School Ballet) – Tuesday 9.30am, 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 22nd February).

If you wish to take advantage of the prompt payment discount of $5 per fee, be sure fees are paid in full by Thursday 13th 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.    

½ hour $85 $80
¾ hour $110 $105
1 hour $125 $120
1¼ hours $140 $135

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 AcademyP 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

  • We have some amazing and talented new teachers this year.  Welcome to Nichola Niemack our new Friday contemporary/lyrical & senior troupe teacher, Faith Schuster who is teaching Wednesday Hip Hop, Chris Tekawa our new male teacher who will be teaching Friday beginners Hip Hop and a Boys only Hip Hop class and Hope Strom who will be teaching Friday Pre School.  We look forward to having you all share your skills and knowledge with our future dancers.  

Exciting News – Open Classes coming soon to AWDA

  • Abigail Boyle (who many of you will already know that she was an immensely talented Principal Dancer for RNZB who recently retired) is going to be available to teach this year at AWDA when she is in Auckland. This is such a wonderful opportunity for you all to learn off someone so amazing. She will be doing open classes and also available to take private lessons. I hope all our ballet students from Grade 2 & above will take the opportunity to do the open classes and any students sitting exams this year would benefit from a private lesson with her, whether it is on technique on a section you struggle with or on your syllabus work. Please mark on your calendar’s now Wednesday 6th of May (private lessons) & Friday 8th of May (open classes) as these are the first two dates that she will be here this year.
  • Musical theatre workshops will also be available at AWDA this year for students over 12 years of age, more details soon.

“Show Stoppers” – It was another great show!  Thanks again everyone!! 

DVD of “Show Stoppers”

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 awdaphotos2019@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.

Well done to our 2019 AWDA Scholarship winners – 

Lower Grade Jazz – Mia Zhang
Senior Jazz – Nina Simpson
Ballet – Isabel Fonoti
Hip Hop – Stevie Barker
Tap – Juna Hall 
Lyrical – Stevie Barker & Sarah Tupara
Contemporary – Sophie Francis

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
Addison Chin
Jayde Churchis
Annie-rose Collins
Meg Collins
Hollie Foster
Misa Ichimiya
Liliana Johnson-Richardson 
Rosa Lundmark
Jaya Nelson
Gur Parsaad Kaur Khalsa

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 cleanand 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.


Studio 813 5459

Kym 027 264 7287