Term 3 Enrolment Form

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2014 T3 Enrolment

Please click the link above to download the PDF file showing the Term 3 Enrolment Form and Timetable.


Just a quick note to advise that DVDs are being arranged by Fraser Heal.  Please do not pass any money or orders to the Studio or Nova directly.

Please contact Fraser Heal directly at: video@fraserheal.co.nz or on 027 325 1626 if you have any queries or Fraser has not made contact with you regarding delivery of your DVD.

It would be great if you could give Fraser feedback on his DVD too.  I know a lot of time and effort has gone into the filming of the show by Fraser.

Kind regards, Christie

…… on with the term AND exams in, did I hear, 9 weeks????  

2014 Show!

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The Wakatu Dance Theatre presents Catch a Falling Star

The Wakatu Dance Theatre of Nelson is proud to present Catch a Falling Star, directed by Peta Spooner.

With Stars in our eyes and dreams in our hearts we STEP into the world of make believe to make all our wishes come true. The music inspires, the dance motivates and the lights and costumes provide a visual fantasy. The choreography brings together all 5 points of our very special STAR.

Show Times

  • Thursday, 7pm
  • Friday, 7pm
  • Saturday, 1.30pm
  • Saturday, 7pm

Book Tickets online or call Theatre Royal box office: 03 548 3840

Ticket Prices
$18 ( All tickets )
Group 4+ Students $14 ( Group of 4 or more students ea )


Studio News

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EXAMS – Jun & Nov 2014
SHOW – 31 Jul-2 Aug 2014

From next term only those signed up for newsletters online
will receive Studio correspondence.  29 only to date have signed on!


We are fast approaching week 8 of term 1 so, a belated ‘Welcome back to all students”.  We have had a good start to the year with all classes working well.  Welcome back to all teachers – Valerie, Jane, Ellie and teacher trainee – Lily Warner!

Hamish McIntosh is enjoying his first term at NZ School of Dance.
Lauren Hammond and John Manville are settling in well at Unitec.
We welcome Lily Warner home.  Lily is working hard at preparing for her Pre Associate 1 and 2 Ballet and Associate Degree in November 2014.

June session.  The examiner is Mrs Wendy Cowan from the UK.  Our results from December last year were excellent so congratulations to all who sat.  Costs for June are:
Intermediate Ballet – $248
Intermediate Jazz – $248
Pre Associate 1 & 2 – $252 each separately or $240 if doing together.
These fees include music fee, exam day fee and entry fee.  NB:  all extra lessons will be invoiced separately and payable with 7 days of invoice.  If you are sitting an exam the extra lessons are compulsory and you are expected to attend them all.  Please see your teacher if you are unable to attend prior to the class (approximately 10 classes at $11 per class).

*Students sitting Intermediate Ballet June exam.  There is a Sunday 1pm class at no cost to prepare for this.  Intermediate Jazz June exam students will have additional classes 2nd week of school holidays – Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, 11am – 12.15pm.

NZ Dance Company Workshop – Tuesday 6th May, 6.30 – 8pm.  $20 per student.  Performance at Theatre Royal on Thursday 8th May at 1.15pm matinee and 7.30pm evening.  You must register and pay before last dancing day of term!  Cash or cash cheques only!

Java Dance Company Workshop at out studio on Wednesday, 28th & 29th May, 6 – 8pm.  Open to all seniors, it is a 2 day a contemporary workshop partnering repertoire and choreography.  Max. of 20 students.  $40 for the 2 days (must do both days).  You must register and pay your money before last dancing day of term!  Cash or cash cheques only!

**Winter School**
NZ School of Dance – 1st week of July school holidays.  Check information online at NZ School Dance.

**Footnote Performance & Workshop**
Footnote are coming to perform at The Suter during Nelson Heritage week.  April 14 & 15.  Please support these performances or they will stop coming to Nelson!  Please see your teacher if you are interested in attending a workshop.

This is an ongoing battle so the Studio has decided to go back to ‘paper’.
Term Fees – You will receive your enrolment form at the beginning of each term.  Please complete this in full (it is very difficult when over 50% come back half completed) together with payment (cash/cash cheque or direct debit information. Due the end of the first week of term at the latest.  The bottom of the form can be used as you receipt of payment.
Exam and Show Fees – A form will be issue as per term fees and payment is required with 7 days.

** please read instructions and payment details carefully **

Yours in dance, Peta x

Dance with us in 2014

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Peta Spooner Academy of Dance classes commence in the first week of Feb, except there are no classes on Monday 3rd (Nelson Anniversary) or Thursday 6th (Waitangi Day).

Our Enrolment day is on Friday 24 January from 4.30 – 6pm in Studio 2 (Nelson Athletics Hall)
Pioneers Park, Hastings Street. Public dance demonstration at 5pm by students currently participating in our summer school.

Please 2014 ENROLMENT FORM 101213 2sided – or fill out one of ours.

This is a great time to come chat to our qualified teachers about the classes we offer. Jane will also be taking registrations for her yoga and barre classes. We look forward to seeing new and existing families there!

Check out our Term 1 timetable

Delightful dancing with the stars

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Catch a Falling Star Wakatu Dance Theatre, Theatre Royal, July 31,

REVIEW: Imagine organising quick changes of costume for all different styles of dance – from classical tutus to jazzy off-the-shoulder to glittering starlets – for more than 100 youngsters, ranging in age from 5 years to late teens. Let alone teaching them to move acrobatically and gracefully, and be ready to perform at any moment in perfect time, to carousel and pirouette and levitate from the floor, and truly express themselves.

This show was a delightful inspiration and a credit to Peta Spooner and her team of helpers, dedicated to presenting a show that every young participant would enjoy. That was the lasting impression – that everyone truly loved the performance and did it with confident pride.

There were special moments when some of the youngest dancers were reluctant to leave the stage, and lingered happily until an older person pulled them into the wings.

I marvelled at the simple backdrop of stars and the effective coloured stage lighting to highlight the action.

There were so many songs with the theme of night sky and stars, and each stirred the imagination and provided lyrics that will be memorised forever.

The choreography was inventively different throughout. There were some pieces of classical ballet – a young group of swans dancing to Tchaikovsky, items cleverly choreographed to Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik and Berlioz’s March to the Stars. Even Star Wars was used with two groups in black and white tutus. There were effective pieces of jazz ballet and modern dance too.

The 100-plus cast included two boys. It was remarkable that ginger-haired Seth had a conspicuous role in 70 per cent of the show. Peta’s explanation was that this 13-year-old from Westport was living at her house and had to be part of every rehearsal.

Such energy, commitment and co-ordination, and she has been teaching dance in Nelson for over 30 years.

It was a night to remember and every young person involved was truly a star. The show will be repeated tonight and tomorrow at 7pm.

Summer School 2014

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NOTE: this workshop is open to students from outside the studio so please share with your friends….


Peta Spooner Academy of Dance, Hastings Street Nelson 

A public demonstration at 4.30pm on the 24th in Studio 2 will culminate with our 2014 enrolment day

For all dance students in the Nelson region or further afield – billeting may be possible, please enquire.

  • GROUP ONE: Intermediate – Students up to 13 years
  • GROUP TWO: Advanced – 13 years and over

Daily Schedule 9am – 4pm

  • 9 – 10am Group warm-up
  • 10.15 – 12pm: Morning workshop
  • 12 – 1pm: LUNCH
  • 1 – 2.30pm: Afternoon workshop 1
  • 2.30 – 2.45pm: Break
  • 2.45 – 4pm: Afternoon workshop 2

COST: $200

A non-refundable deposit of $50 is payable by Thursday 12 December with the $150 balance due no later than Monday 21 January. CASH OR CHEQUES ONLY to be paid to Jane or Peta or posted to 17 Hathaway Terrace, Nelson.

With careful consideration we have put together this workshop to have during summer in Nelson. We have looked extensively at what’s available around the country for our students to attend and have been overwhelmed with the sheer cost of travelling to other areas. Our teachers can provide the quality and breadth of experience backed up with qualifications in a range of disciplines recognised at a National and International level; and therefore can give dance students in the Nelson Region the best possible opportunity to enrich their experience in dance.



035489890 / 0272421442 / petaspooner.nelson@gmail.com

A minimum of 30 enrolments is required to allow for this school to take place

Term 4 Newsletter

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ATTENTION PRE SCHOOL FAMILIES: A reminder of the change to Pre School class times

  • Thursday 1pm class is now at 1.30pm
  • Thursday 1.30pm class now joins with the class at 2pm

Extra classes for exams: These will continue every Saturday (including Labour Saturday and Monday) until exams on the 18 and 19 of November.

  • 10am: Grade 1 Ballet
  • 10.30am: Grade 2 Ballet
  • 11.15am: Grade 3 Ballet
  • 12pm: Grade 6 Ballet
  • 12.45pm: Intermediate Ballet
  • 2pm: Advanced 1 Ballet and Intermediate Modern
  • 3pm: Advanced 2 Ballet and Advanced 1 Modern (please note time change)

Make sure you have checked you have the correct uniform including suitable shoes.

Exam Timetable for Monday 18th November

Ballet Grades  Monday 18th November

  • 9am Grade 6 Ballet: Melany Malcolm, Pippilota Rollin,
  • 9.30am Grade 6 Ballet: Yasmina Coe, Gracie Fairhall, Charlotte Halsey
  • 10am Grade 2 Ballet: Jessica Collinson-Smith, Malika Rai, Katie Devine
  • 10.20am Grade 2 Ballet: Georgia Brace-Gardiner, Maia Devereaux, Lola King
  • 10.40am: Morning Tea
  • 10.55am Grade 1 Ballet: Kaitlin Little, Aolani Shaw-Hirst, Sophia Molnar
  • 11.10am Grade 1 Ballet: Ariana Marr, Sophie Lyons, Danni Kemp, Ada Wilson-Keen
  • 11.30am Grade 3 Ballet: Sophie Thomas, Charlotte McLaren, Ocean Collinson-Smith
  • 11.55am Grade 3 Ballet: Lizzie Neale, Sophie-Rose Richards, Ella Arnold
  • 12.20pm Grade 3 Ballet: Lily Partington, Mia Partington, Talia Addison-Saipe
  • 12.45pm Lunch

Thank you to the children who attended extra holiday classes, you did a great job; and to the parents for your support and enthusiasm.

Special note to Advanced 1 and 2 Ballet students: You are invited to an open class with the examiner on Tuesday 19th November at 5.15 – 6.45pm. Please bring $10 cash on the night to go towards the examiner’s fee and confirm your attendance with Jane or Peta as soon as possible.

Jane’s Yoga classes continue this term – Power Yoga Tuesday 5pm and Thursday 6pm. Also teen Yoga for 10 – 17 yr olds on Monday 3.30 – 4.15pm.  Jane has a variety of Yoga and Barre classes for adults and has a fun and informative Facebook page with all her class details on it. Search for Jane Pascoe Dance Yoga Barre on Facebook.

Kind regards,  Peta Spooner

Show DVD & Photo CD

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For those of you who have ordered DVDs and paid for them, they are now at the Studio for pick up.  Please note there are exam classes Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri of the second week in the holidays if you want to pick up then before Term 4.

  • Any queries OR is you still need to pay for your DVD, please contact:  video@fraserheal.co.nz.
  • If you have ordered Photo CDs and still have not paid or received yours, please contact:  purves@mac.com

Exam Form 2013

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2013 Exam Form <– Click to print the examination registration form, due this Friday.  There will be hard copies at the studio.   Holiday timetable for exams:

Second week of school holidays: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

  • 10.00 – 10.30am Grade 1 Ballet
  • 10.30 – 11.15am Grade 2 Ballet
  • 11.15 – 12.00pm Grade 3 and Grade 4 Ballet
  • 12.00 – 12.45pm Grade 6 Ballet
  • 12.45 – 2.15pm Grade 5 Modern Jazz (Thursday 4.15 class) and Intermediate Ballet
  • 2.15 – 3.45pm Intermediate Modern (Thursday 5pm class) and Advanced 1 Ballet
  • 3.45 – 5.15pm Advanced 1 Modern and Advanced 2 Ballet

*Students not sitting an exam are also welcome to attend these classes

Modern Jazz Medals: Optional for all Modern Jazz students – A great opportunity for students who may be new to dancing to get an idea of the exam process without the pressure of doing a whole grade exam. Great if you love performing! It is a test where students will perform two contrasting dances set by their teacher for the examiner in the December exam session. There is a $45 fee to sit the test and we will have one or two extra classes ($11 per class) prior to the test to rehearse the dances. If your child wishes to sit this test you will find the Bronze medal option on the examination entry form, please select it and hand in by Friday 27th September.

A reminder that ALL EXAM ENTRIES ARE DUE on this date.