Term 2 ends on Saturday 3rd of July.  Term 3 begins on Monday 26th July and ends Saturday 2ndOctober.  Some lessons will be cancelled during exam week.  


Jazz Exams, Lyrical Medal Tests:  Monday 9th August to Friday 13th August examiner: Mrs. Insley (check the studio wall for the timetable which will be up soon).

RBM Hip Hop exams – Sunday 22nd August.  Examiner TBA.

Contemporary, BAL Exams, RAD Exams & Assessments – TBA.



All the exam timetables will be up on the studio wall once confirmed (available to be emailed to you plus up on the website in the AWDA news page).  


Please take very careful note of the date and the time of your exam.  In most cases it will be necessary to arrive one hour early on exam days.  Also write down the exam rehearsal date and time.  It is essential that everybody attends the exam rehearsals as it is the only chance to practice in the exam room in the smaller exam groups.  Please check that you have the correct regulation uniform required for the exam.

The rehearsals are taken like a real exam.  Sorry no observers allowed.


Our academy has ten days of exams, medal tests and assessments so double check that you have the correct day and time for your exam.  Please ask if unsure.


Jazz, BAL Ballet, Lyrical, Assessment & Hip Hop Exam Rehearsals and Lessons:  From Sunday 4th July until Saturday 11th July for exam students only (sorry the week was incorrect in the previous newsletter). 

Reminder – there are only exam rehearsals and exam lessons this week (no ordinary lessons).  Again; please take careful note of lessons arranged as in most cases these will be at different times than usual classes.  The cost of the lessons and the exam rehearsal was included in the exam fee.  If you are not entered for an exam you will not have any classes this week.  

RAD Ballet Exam Rehearsals at AAD:  These will be held on Sunday 25th July.


·      Please note during the week 9-13 August there are no lessons on for any Jazz or Lyrical classes.

·      Please note during exam week there are no ballet or BAL Jazz lessons (dates TBC).

·      Hip Hop lessons will be cancelled 25 August.

·      Contemporary and Saturday classes are on as usual.


We are looking at trialing this year starting the new timetable lesson times from the start of Term 3.  

Most students’ times will not change but some will need to change. A higher grade may mean longer lessons and this affects all the classes afterwards on the timetable.  This is the main reason for any time change.  We will confirm this once organised.    


We may also be joining a couple of smaller classes.  Notification will be given to students whose times need to change.  If the new time is unsuitable contact Kym as there may be an alternative class.  Notices will be given out to any class that needs to have a timetable change as soon as the new timetable is worked out.


Annual Exam Dance Competition Days – Our academy is holding our exam dance ribbon day in the Oratia Primary School Hall on Sunday 1st August.  Morning session is for all our hip hop, ballet and lyrical students and the afternoon session is for our jazz exam students from Beginners to Pre Major.  We are looking for parents to help out on the day; please contact the office if you are interested.  If in the past your child has been a recipient of an AWDA scholarship we would appreciate your time to help “give back” to the studio.  


This day is to raise funds for the annual scholarships.  The “Award Days” are also great to help work towards the exams, assessments and medal tests.  We expect everyone will again enjoy the opportunity to dance onstage in an encouraging and friendly atmosphere, gaining confidence and experience.  The programme will be given out during exam rehearsal week.  If you are not sitting exam but wish to take part in the exam dance competition it is $5 per entry.


Pre School Concert is on Saturday 27th June at Oratia Disctrict School.  Tickets are now on sale at the studio office; $7 per adult and $5 per child over 5 years. 


“Animal Kingdom” is the theme for our show this year.  The show dates are Saturday 11thDecember & Sunday 12th December with rehearsals 7th-9th December.  Please note that Saturday afternoon show will have the Junior prize-giving and the Sunday afternoon show will have the senior prize giving.  All items and dancers will perform in both show performances.


Ballet students should be wearing ballet tights for all classes and have their hair in a bun.  Jazz students should have their hair in a bun or French plait. 

Hip Hop students must dance only in the clean black canvas shoes they keep for hip hop dancing and be wearing AWDA Hip hop uniform. 


The best time to start ballet, jazz or Hip Hop is when new work is started after the exam season in August so that a whole year will be spent on the syllabus.  


If you wish to join and be in the Lyrical or Contemporary show item you will need to start immediately after the exam season.  Please contact Kym about available classes. 


Please contact the office to put your name on the waiting list if you are interested in taking part in the open item this year. 


If anyone wants to arrange private lessons before their exams please do so now.  See the teachers directly. Private lesson fees are $30 per ½ hour.

You may arrange to share a lesson with someone else.


Please park thoughtfully at our academy.  Sometimes cars are taking two car parks.  Be sure to park well forward too.  At our busy times it may not be possible to park in our car park, but there is parking available only a couple of minutes away in Rosier Rd and Kamara Rd. 


Kym 027 264 7287