Uniform Order Form

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Here is a copy of the new Uniform Order Form. Orders may be placed via Peta Spooner Academy of Dance facebook messenger, emailed to Kerry at kerryclarkdance@hotmail.com or handed in to your teacher.

Enquiries for ballet flats, pointe shoes, tap shoes and ribbons etc please contact Kerry at the same email address or call/text 0278419750.

Please feel free to get in touch with any questions…..happy to help!

Dance teacher showing no signs of slowing down after 50 years on the floor

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Every little bit of Peta Spooner’s heart is invested in dance, something that has seen her teach it for 50 years and counting.

She can’t say how many students she has taught throughout the years, but at an average of 250 students a year, the number is in the thousands.

Spooner started her teaching career when she was just 15 years old in Hawera in Taranaki.

Peta Spooner has taught thousands of students in her 50 years as a dance teacher.
Peta Spooner has taught thousands of students in her 50 years as a dance teacher.

“The idea of $5 a student per term lured me to it, I had 40 children learning.

“I could teach on Saturday and earn more money than everyone else for the school term, that was a lot of money in those days.”

Spooner has been teaching in Nelson for the past 35 years and the Peta Spooner Academy of Dance is a fixture of the city’s dance scene.

She specialises in classical ballet, but also teaches modern jazz.

“I’m just a very privileged person, who’s lucky enough to be able to do what I love, and I don’t have to argue with the boss.”

She said she’s passed on teaching pre-school children to a younger teacher, but retiring will never be an option.

“I have a commitment to the senior students in the studio.”

Spooner said she still wakes up at 3am sometimes because she’s thought of a dance move to incorporate in the next day’s class.

“I’ll never get tired of it.”

She said she doesn’t dance herself anymore and she teaches her students by description.

“I don’t do any of the jumping anymore.

“As a diabetic I have no feeling in both legs, I can’t run the risk, I’d be stuffed.”

Spooner said she started dancing as a 3-year-old when her mother took her to watch her sister dance – who didn’t like it.

“I just used to practice up the back.

“Probably to the annoyance of the very patient teacher.”

She said when she was young she wanted to be a modern dancer instead of a classical ballet dancer, but she “lacked the discipline and focus to work that hard”.

“In my era, modern dance was new and so there was no formal training in New Zealand.”

Instead she was trained in classical ballet in Hawera, where her life consisted of ballet, exams and competitions.

“It was great, from the age of eight I did one week of every school holiday competition dancing, loved it.

“I loved to win, but I didn’t really care if I didn’t. I wasn’t competitive in that sense, I just liked doing it.”

Spooner said at the time there was no training available in New Zealand to become a dance teacher.

“So my first teaching exam was in 1985, I had to go to London.”

She said she loves seeing her students progress, it’s what makes her tick.

“Watching every child that comes through progress with a passion to love what they’re doing, or they decide that it’s not what they want to do.

“It’s a very clear path. Parents often don’t listen when a kid says ‘I don’t want to do that, I don’t like it’.”

Spooner said nothing annoys her more than a mother who says “I’ve always wanted to be a ballerina”.

“Those are the people you avoid like the plague.

“The thing that will drive me insane is [someone saying] ‘my daughter is really talented’.

“The moment someone says that I say, ‘I know just the teacher, her phone number is such and such and I’m sure you’ll do really well there but I don’t do talent’.”

Spooner says she found it more important to teach her students to be “well rounded, decent, caring and kind” than to get them to dance at top level.

Her studio doesn’t do solos, favourites or talent, yet some have gone off to dance with or teach at national or international dance organisations.

“It just saves yourself a lot of heartaches and headaches because those people get in at you and I’m way too old for that.”

Source: SARA MEIJ https://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/lifestyle-entertainment/100646380/dance-teacher-showing-no-signs-of-slowing-down-after-50-years-on-the-floor

2018 Updates

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Happy New Year to you all! Please click to see the revised timetable for 2018. The only changes made are the Beginners and Grade 1/2 Tap classes (start time is slightly earlier). Please note that for term 3 & 4 these classes will change to a Tuesday (same times). Enrolment is on Thursday 25th January between 4.30 – 6pm…….look forward to seeing you there!! Hope you are all having a relaxing break

Show Time 2017!

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Dance Explosion

Thu 3 Aug – Sat 5 Aug

The curtain rises on our brand-new original show Dance Explosion on August 3 with performances until Sat August 5!

Our talented cast of pupils will entertain audiences with dancing in a wide variety of genres including modern, street dance, lyrical, jazz and musical theatre. From West End showstoppers to modern day melodies – there’s something to suit everyone in this year’s annual concert performances.

We know you are going to love Dance Explosion!

Book at the Nelson Theatre Royal.

 

Information for Students:

Rehearsals

July 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd – (Second week of school holidays) and Saturday 29th July

12pm-1pm Preschool, Primary, Grade 1 (Modern Jazz and Ballet)
1pm- 2pm  Grade 2, 3, 4, 5, and all seniors
2pm-3pm All seniors

Please ensure your child has food, water and something warm to wear for these rehearsals 

If you want to participate in more dances this is your timetable from Week 2 Term 2, until the end of the term. 

Junior modern Jazz classes- Prep, primary, Grade 1.
Monday 3.30-4.15, Tuesday 3.30- 5pm,

Junior Ballet- Preschool, Primary, and Grade 1
3.30-5pm Tuesday

Grade 2 Ballet (Monday and Wednesday groups), and Grade 4 & 5 Ballet

5pm-6pm Tuesday and 5-6pm Wednesday

 

SHOW WEEK

Rehearsals at Theatre Royal –

Monday 31st Julydress rehearsal from 5pm (time tbc)

Tuesday 1st August: full dress rehearsal from 5pm (times tbc)

Wednesday 2nd August- night off. seniors on call – time tbc

Thursday 3rd August – opening night! Arrive at 6pm, show at 7pm, leave theatre approximately 8.30pm (pre school, primary, grade 1 home at half time, 7.45pm)

Friday 4thSaturday 5th – same as Thursday, (preschool, primary, grade 1 stay for finale Saturday)

Saturday 5th matinee- arrive at theatre at 12.30pm, show at 1pm, leave theatre at approximately 3pm (pre school, primary, grade 1 stay for finale)

 

All families are invited to a function after the final show on Saturday night for an informal get together/celebration. Drinks and bar snacks will be available to purchase (venue to be confirmed)

 

Monday 31st July and Sunday 6th August – pack in and out of the theatre.

 

Classes will recommence week 3 (which is the week after the show)

Exam dates end of November- beginning of December.

 

HELP!! Each age group has a coordinator who will liaise with us and you to make sure everyone has what they need and are informed of any changes. There will also be a small team of parents working with the coordinators to share the load.

Some of the jobs will be: phoning families to notify them of changes, labelling costumes, fitting students into costumes, sewing (machine and hand stitching jobs)… Please let Peta or myself know if you can help asap.

There will also be a roster of backstage helpers for theatre rehearsals and shows put up closer to the time. Jobs such as side of stage, runners, dressing room, sign in desk, security… Please have a think about what dates might suit you to help on show week.

These shows cannot happen without parent help. Thanks in advance for helping make this show happen

 

SHOW FEES are due second week of term. $40 per junior student, $60 per senior.  Registration forms will be distributed this week. Please bring cash or cheque along to class. NO direct debits for show fees please.

Please note participation in the show is not compulsory. It is a big commitment, please consider carefully before registering your child. Show fees are not refundable.

 

Our goal is for students and their families to have a positive experience while being exposed to a professional theatre setting. We are ALWAYS kind to the young students and demand that any helpers are too which makes for a safe and happy environment. This comes first before having polished dances Winking face I’m sure any families who have been involved in the past will agree that being part of our shows makes the most wonderful memories and friendships.

Thanks for reading, I know it’s a lot of info! Just let us know if you have any questions.

Yours in dance, Peta

Tap Classes

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Hi everyone, I’ve had a few enquiries as to what shoes the kiddies should be wearing if they don’t have tap shoes….trainers, jazz shoes or even boots/shoes with a wee heel would work for now. Lessons start Tuesday 6th June at 6pm ($40 for the 5 weeks) Term 3 & 4 will be 6pm – 6.40pm ($60 per term) Look forward to seeing you, Kerry 

Summer Dance School

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Join us for our annual SUMMER DANCE SCHOOL!

MONDAY 23rd – FRIDAY 27th JANUARY 2017

We warmly welcome all students from ages 6+ to join us for a week of DANCE where you will be tutored in ballet, jazz, contemporary, musical theatre, creative movement and yoga by qualified and passionate teachers.

High on dance

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Ninety students are about to hit the stage and share their sheer love of dancing, reports Judith Ritchie.

A group of dancers aged from tiny tots of four to senior students of 18 aim to share the complete delight the dancers feel when on stage at the Theatre Royal.

Dance is Contagious, led by Wakatu Dance Theatre’s director, Peta Spooner, celebrates dance in all it’s forms and allows each student to shine on stage.

“There is always an energetic, fun and friendly atmosphere on stage, while maintaining the highest levels of professionalism and we love to dance and it’s contagious.” says Spooner.

The music has been chosen by the group to reflect their favourite tunes, while dancers will mix ages with some senior students leading and assisting the younger ones.

“Music and dance goes side by side to move us and entertain us and most importantly for everyone to enjoy,” says Spooner. “If it inspires people, great. We hope it will give the audience an insight to our philosophy and sense of community.”

Costumes are set to delight the audience while the Theatre Royal will provide the perfect venue for students to dance in a professional theatre setting while performing on stage for an audience.

Jessica Tuhua, age 9, who has been dancing in the studio for six years, is really looking forward to dancing on the Theatre Royal stage.

Junior dancers from the Wakatu Dance Theatre will perform in Dance is Contagious, opening at the Theatre Royal next Thursday evening
Junior dancers from the Wakatu Dance Theatre will perform in Dance is Contagious, opening at the Theatre Royal next Thursday evening

“I get really excited as the show is coming up, because I like being in front of large audiences,” says Jessica. “The show helps you get better because you know that your dancing is going to be presented in front of heaps of people.”

She says the opportunity also encourages students to perfect their moves, while basking on a stage aglow with lights.

“You just dance to the music, letting it flow through your body. It’s loveliness above all loveliness, and magic to be part of something so big.”

Dance is Contagious, Wakatu Dance Theatre, Theatre Royal, Rutherford St, Nelson. Thursday September 8, 7pm, Friday, 7pm, Saturday, 1.30pm & 7pm. Tickets from theatre phone: 03 548 3840, or online: TicketDirect, adult $20, senior $16, student $12

Source: The Nelson Mail

IT’S SHOWTIME!!

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Dance Is Contagious!  Thu 8 Sep – Sat 10 Sep

Dance is joyous and contagious! It can happen anywhere, at anytime, with anyone and everyone and Wakatu Dance Theatre dance joins us and pushes us to go further! “There is always an energetic, fun and friendly atmosphere on stage, while maintaining the highest levels of professionalism” Director Peta Spooner
We love to dance and it’s contagious!

The show is at the Theatre Royal on the 8th, 9th and 10th of September with two shows on Saturday 10th. More info on times and rehearsals below including a full timeline from week 2 through to the show in week 7.

From week 2
You will see there are two classes for grade 2- Intermediate to attend. We tried really hard to get it down to just one class per week but at their level now there’s just too much to get through and we don’t want them to miss out on any opportunities.

  • Monday 5 – 6pm
  • Wednesday 4.15 – 5.45pm

 

Saturday rehearsals (August 6, 13, 20, 27 and September 3)

  • 12-1pm pre school, primary, grade 1 ballet
  • 1-2.30pm grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, all jazz grades
  • 1-3pm seniors (intermediate, advanced 1 and 2 ballet, contemporary and jazz)

 

SHOW WEEK
Rehearsals at Theatre Royal

  • Monday 5th September: dress rehearsal from 5pm (time tbc)
  • Tuesday 6th: full dress rehearsal from 5pm (times tbc)
  • Wednesday 7th – night off. seniors on call – time tbc
  • Thursday 8th – opening night! Arrive at 6pm, show at 7pm, leave theatre approximately 8.30pm (pre school, primary, grade 1 home at half time, 7.45pm)
  • Friday 9th, Saturday 10th – same as Thursday
  • Saturday 10th matinee- arrive at theatre at 12.30pm, show at 1pm, leave theatre at approximately 3pm (pre school, primary, grade 1 home at half time, 2.15pm)

 

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All families are invited to a function after the final show on Saturday night for an informal get together/celebration. Drinks and bar snacks will be available to purchase (venue to be confirmed)

  • Monday 5th and Sunday 11th – pack in and out of the theatre.

No dancing week after the show (12 – 16th September). Two more weeks of the term after that, I will confirm the timetable closer to the time. (Exam preparation for grades Primary, 1 and 2, ballet and modern jazz).

 

HELP!! Each age group has a coordinator who will liaise with us and you to make sure everyone has what they need and are informed of any changes. There will also be a small team of parents working with the coordinators to share the load.

Some of the jobs will be: phoning families to notify them of changes, labelling costumes, fitting students into costumes, sewing (machine and hand stitching jobs)… Please let Peta or myself know if you can help asap.

There will also be a roster of backstage helpers for theatre rehearsals and shows put up closer to the time. Jobs such as side of stage, runners, dressing room, sign in desk, security… Please have a think about what dates might suit you to help on show week.

These shows cannot happen without parent help. Thanks in advance for helping make this show happen

SHOW FEES are now due. $40 per junior student, $60 per senior. Registration forms were handed out in week 9 last term. Please bring cash or cheque along to class. NO direct debits for show fees please.

LAST UNIFORM SHOW ORDERS
I will be making a final order before the show on 10 August 2016 (order forms in Studio 1). I do carry some stock but to ensure we have what you need please send your uniform order in to: info@petaspooner.co.nz or leave in Studio 1. Please note payments must be made to: Wakatu Uniform Account: 06-0705-0314982-28 prior to delivery.

Please check with your co-ordinator or teacher if you are unsure what you are required to supply.

  • Ballet – Faith Navy leotard (jnr) or Bronwyn Black leotard (snrs), flesh coloured tights and ballet flats
  • Jazz – (same leotard and convertible tights as for Ballet), Jazz leggings with fitted legs, black hot pants, black jazz shoes with elastic NOT laces!, knee pads (snrs or as advised by teacher).

Please note: Grade 4 upwards are required to have a body suit for under costumes (or if you are wearing a tutu).

I do have a number (varying sizes) of second hand jazz shoes for sale if you are interested. Please email if you are interested.

SHOW TICKETS – tickets are now on sale at the Theatre Royal for the Show. There are approximately 1400 tickets to sell so please spread the word and try to sell as many as you can to friends and family (thats about 12 per dancer)!

There are many expenses with a show. Our shows would not be possible without your support. If you are interested in sponsoring a newspaper advert or simply would like to offer a donation to assist, we would be very grateful. A huge THANK YOU in advance.

Our goal is for students and their families to have a positive experience while being exposed to a professional theatre setting. We are ALWAYS kind to the young students and demand that any helpers are too which makes for a safe and happy environment. This comes first before having polished dances I’m sure any families who have been involved in the past will agree that being part of our shows makes the most wonderful memories and friendships.

Thanks for reading, I know it’s a lot of info! Just let us know if you have any questions.

Exam dates end of November – beginning of December.

TERM FEES are due at the beginning of the term. $120 per student. Please make payment at class or by Internet banking: Student’s name as reference. Thank you.

….. now ON WITH THE SHOW!!!!!

Yours in dance, Peta

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