2016 Exam/Show dates

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Welcome to 2016 at Peta Spooner Academy of Dance and The Wakatu Dance Theatre.

We have two very important changes for this year:
1. After eight years, we have made an increase in the term fees- $120 per term per class, pre-school $70. See Fee structure on enrolment form.
2. Parents will be welcome to view your child’s class in the last week of each term. I’m happy to discuss with parents why we have made this decision.

A huge welcome to Austin Benjamin Gregory, Jane and Alistair’s baby boy!

Exams approx dates June/July and November 2016.
Show dates September 2016!!!!!!!!!

2016 start 2 Feb

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Enrolment day on Thursday the 28th of January, 4-6pm at the studio – looking forward to seeing you all there to find out your class details. This is a great time to have a chat with Peta, Jane and Valerie and ask questions – once classes are underway it’s quite hard to pin us down!  Classes begin 2 February after the Nelson Anniversary holiday.  Click here for the latest timetable.

Acc: 06-0705-0097359-00 For term fees only.

Teen Yoga

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Teen yoga is back! The lovely Breigh will be teaching the class for term one – Pioneers Park Hall on Wednesdays at 4.15pm – $120 for the term.

Slave to the Rhythm 23-25 July 2015

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Coming to the Theatre Royal! 23rd – 25th July 2015. Tickets on sale now.
This promises to be another spectacular show full of energy and fun for all ages. ‘Slave to the Rhythm’ is a selection of popular/viral songs from different eras and genres. Peta is known for giving each and every child the opportunity to shine which goes inline with her philosophy that every child should get to experience the joy of dance!

What captures our interest when we hear a piece of music? Is it the sound? Or the beat? …… we think it is the rhythm! So we aim to bring a variety of rhythms that have captured peoples hearts through the generations, making us all …….. a Slave To The Rhythm!

Theatre Royal link to tickets: http://www.theatreroyalnelson.co.nz/show/slave-to-the-rhythm/

If you have not registered for the Show we may not know about you and no provisions have been made for costumes! You MUST registered to be able to participate in the Show! $40 – Jnr – $60 Snr See your teacher today!!!!!

SHOW REHEARSALS 2nd Week of July Holidays!
Wednesday: Seniors – 12.30 – 3pm
Thurs, Fri, Sat:
12 – 1.30pm – Preschool, Primary, Grade 1, 2 & 3 Ballet
1 – 3.30pm – Grade 4, 5, Intermediate, Adv 1 & 2 Ballet
1 – 3.30pm – Grade 1, 2, 5, Intermediate, Adv 1 & 2 Jazz

Next Tuesday 30 June primary, grade 1,2 and 3 students come at the earlier time of 3.30pm. Even if your usual time is 4.15pm. This is to allow for costume fitting. Please bring a named coat hanger and bag (eco bags or a plastic bag.) It will be left with your coordinator for your show gear.

ALL students will need their own red lipstick (no sharing please) and a spare pair of tights from at first rehearsals. These will be left in the students bag until after the show. If you require tights, please email info@petaspooner.co.nz with your order or complete a form at the studio.

Help is needed for Mon, Tues Rehearsals & Thurs, Fri, Sat nights and Sat matinee performance. We are looking for helpers to assist:
– Dressing room helpers – contact your group coordinator
– Sign In/Sign Out Door – contact info@petaspooner.co.nz
– Back Stage Callers – contact info@petaspooner.co.nz
– Show Party Organiser & Helpers – contact info@petaspooner.co.nz

Meeting for co-ordinators of each grade Wednesday, 1st July 2015 – 6.30pm in Studio 1 to go through process for the Show and what is required. NB: This is for people who have been advised they are co-ordinators only. Parents of dancers will be contacted by their group co-odinator with further information.

Mon & Tues – Dress Rehearsal
Arrive – 4.30pm for Start 5.30pm
Preschool – home – 6.30pm
Primary & Grade 1 – home – 7.30pm
Everyone else – home 8.30pm

Wed 22 Jul – Rest Day – Seniors on call back

Thurs, Fri, Sat – Evening Shows
Arrive @ Theatre Royal back door – 6pm
Show Starts – 7pm
Half time – 7.50 – Little ones can go home **
Show Ends – 8.30/9.45pm

Sat – Matinee
Arrive @ Theatre Royal back door – 12.30pm
Show Stars – 1.30pm
Half time – 2.20pm **
Show ends – 3/3.15pm
** Let your coordinator know if you will be collecting your little one at this time.

Professionally filmed and edited DVDs will be available. Orders received NO LATER THAN end of day, Tuesday 21st July 15. PAYMENT – $25 – Cash or Cheques only to: Fraser Heal Box will be at Studio last week school holidays and security desk at Theatre Royal with envelope supplied up to final rehearsal night. Any queries see Fraser Heal – video@fraserheal.co.nz – 027 325 1626

After matinee performance at the studio at 3.30pm. Bring a plate of healthy (ish) food/finger food (drink supplied)
Viewing of the 1st edit of the show dvd. Any parents able to help with the organisation of this please speak to Peta.

For everyone wanting to join us (students welcome with their parents) after the final show on Saturday night.

Warmest Peta & Jane

Dancers take to the stage for Garin College arts festival

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The creative talents of Garin College students burst into action as the school was turned into a stage for its annual arts festival.

Drama, singing, music and dance featured heavily in the two-day festival while cupcake decorating, flax weaving, hot air balloon making and clay animation were amongst some of the workshop activities on offer.

Students gave plenty of vocal support for performers who choreographed their own dances. The artistic endeavours also had a competitive side, with students competing for points for their school houses.

“The whole festival is a house competition and it’s all about getting points,” said Garin College arts coordinator Lindsey Furlong-Taylor. “[Students] get individual points as well as house points and there is an individual winner and a house winner.”

Students had to enter in at least two items so the workshops provided alternatives for those who weren’t performers, she said.

Garin College arts captains Jess Brooks and Nick Erasmuson had been planning for the event since October last year.

Brooks had wanted to be an arts captain since she first participated in the festival as a year 9 student.

“Being a part of it, getting to organise it and seeing it all come together has been amazing,” she said.

One of the things they had really wanted to do was black out the gymnasium for the festival and string fairy lights across the ceiling.

Brooks said she was sad it was coming to an end but was happy to have the end of term showcase concert to look forward to.

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“The school just has fun with it, its the biggest event of the year and to see everyone having fun is amazing,” said Brooks.

Nelson dance teacher Peta Spooner, who judged the competition, told the students it was “lovely to see so many people dancing and doing so well. I have enjoyed so much being here and seeing your happy faces.”

Furlong-Taylor said the festival kept getting bigger: “This year [students] said it was the best they have ever seen.”

The best performances would be showcased for family and friends at the Mahi Toi concert at the Hope Community Church, July 1 and 2 at 7pm.

2015 Start 2 Feb

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Classes start on February 2nd with NO CLASSES on the 1st (Nelson Anniversary) or the 6th (Waitangi Day).

Our term 1 timetable is here.

You will find all dance classes and also Jane’s Dance Yoga Barre classes on the schedule.

Please note: All classes are subject to numbers which is why it is so important to enrol prior to the start date.

Get in touch or speak to us on enrolment day if you are unsure of which class/es to enrol for.

2015 Enrolment Day

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Our 2015 enrolment day is on Thursday 22nd January from 4.30 – 6.30pm in Studio 2 at Pioneers Park, Hastings Street. Here we will have enrolment forms for you to fill out and teachers will be available to chat with you about options for your child.

The enrolment day is open to the wider community so if you know of anyone who may be interested please extend the invitation to them. Jane will also have information on hand for her Dance Yoga Barre classes.

This really is a great time to get your child’s dancing sorted for term 1 so that there is as little disruption to classes as possible at the start of the term.

If you can’t be at the enrolment day you may download a CLASS ENROLMENT FORM, scan and email it to us at info@petaspooner.co.nz or post to 17 Hathaway Terrace Nelson 7010.

2015 Show Dates

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2015 SHOW DATES: 23-25 July 2015
There will be rehearsals in the last week of the school holidays (generally Wed – Saturday) leading up to the Show.

Christmas Breakup

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Christmas Breakup
This will be held on Thursday 11 December.
Be there by 4.30 ready for a 5-6pm performance.
6-6.30pm bring a plate to share.
Please advise your teacher if you may not be available on this date before the end of this term.