Bring a friend on Thursday…

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Welcome back!  We are hoping to see you all at our enrolment day this Thursday.  It may be a good time to have a chat about the classes you should be taking, feel free to bring a friend!   Please take care to read our 2013 Enrolment form carefully before you fill it in.

We will be tightening up on finances this year, so please think carefully when selecting your classes and committing to classes, exams and shows.  If you have any issues you need to discuss, please do this prior to making your class commitments.

There is a year planner up on the Studio 1 noticeboard.  We will add anything up and coming as we know about it.  Please note the exams dates are always around June/July and November each year, we do not no specific dates until closer to the time.

Look forward to seeing you at enrolment day!

2013 Term One Timetable

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Click on this link for the updated 2013 timetable:

Enrollment Day: Thursday 24 January in Nelson Athletics Clubrooms, Pioneer Park, Hastings Street, Nelson between 4.30 – 6pm.

You may come along and watch some demonstrations, talk to the teachers about classes and enrol your children for the new term.

A sausage sizzle will be provided and ANGELINA BALLERINA IS COMING AS WELL!!


Put into your diary, iphone, or calendar that term one lessons start on Tuesday 5 February (no classes on Wednesday 6) through to 19 April.

This gives us an 11 week term with 10 weeks of classes for Monday and Wednesday students.

DMI Summer School January 2013

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Dance Masters International is an organization that is committed to bringing international guest artists and tutors to New Zealand, so that our young dance talent may experience what the world has at its finger tips. We aim to motivate, edify and extend all student and professional dancers, journeying with them towards a fulfilling career.

Dance Masters International classes are filled with enjoyment, inspiration and creativity in a challenging and holistic environment. Our classes aim to produce an understanding of musicality, a high technical quality, and self discovery to extend each student’s natural facility, talent and passion for dance.

Come and join in on the fun we are having!

Nelson Dates: Monday 14 Jan through to Sunday 20 Jan. On the Sunday we finish the showcase by 1pm.

Guest tutors: Frederic Jahn DE, BBO (RTS). Patricia Ruanne D.LITT.D.E, Rain Francis. Clare Freeman-Sergeant LRAD, ARAD, RAD (RTS), BA (Hons), AIDTA (Bt), BBO (RTS). Olivia & Josiah Russell.

Course Classes: ages 8-9 years, 10-12 years, 13-14 years, & 15 years+.

Classical Class, Character, Contemporary, Elective lectures, Floor Barre, Pilates, Pointe, BBO/RAD Syllabus, Repertoire, & Stretch.

Classes will run between 9.00am-6.00pm depending on the selected age group. A detailed timetable will be emailed at time of enrolment.

Course Fee: 8-9 years & 10-12 years $350 / 13-14 years & 15 years+ $400

A $40 registration fee applies and is payable on the first day before classes commence. A $40 discount will be given to all enrolments received before the 26th November. Enrolments close 28 December.

Please see your teacher for more information and the website for the enrolment form & payment details.

Registration will commence at 8.00am on the first day of each seminar. The registration fee is
payable then. Extra electives for each age group will be held on evenings in which they do not have their Syllabus
classes. Breaks will be supervised however extra parent help is always required and really appreciated. If you
are available please contact us after we send your email confirmation.

Term 4 Timetable Changes

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Not the Nutcracker
This exciting pre-Christmas show in conjunction with the Canterbury Ballet is fast approaching. On Thursday 29 November our seniors, along with Grade 4 – 5 Modern and Grade 6 Ballet are invited to dance in one show only at 7pm. The full dress rehearsal will be at the Theatre on Wednesday 28. We have made some alterations to the timetable so that the above students get a little extra rehearsal time – see below.

Please note that if you are committing to this performance you must attend all of the rehearsals set down.
We only have a little over two weeks to put it all together so it is imperative that you are all there.


Changes to November Dance Timetable
MONDAY 12, 19, and 26 November
3.30 – 4.15pm Grade 3 Modern as normal
4.15 – 6pm Grade 6, Intermediate, Advanced 1 and 2 Ballet AND Grade 4,5, Advanced 1 and 2 Modern
6.00 – 7pm Advanced 2 Ballet and Modern only

3.30 & 4.15pm Primary and Grade 1 Ballet as normal
4.15 – 5.15pm Advanced 1 Modern CANCELLED – See 6.30pm below* (for November 20th and 27th)
5.00 – 5.45pm Grade 2 Ballet moves to 3.30pm WEDNESDAY (for November 20th only)
*6.30 – 8pm Advanced 1 & 2 Ballet and Modern (for November 20th and 27th)

All grades classes as normal. Extra Advanced 1 and 2 Ballet and Modern rehearsal 6.30 – 7.45pm (14 Nov – costuming, 21 – rehearsing, 28 Nov – dress rehearsal at the Theatre)

3.30 – 4.15pm Grade 1 Modern as normal
4.15 – 6.15pm Grade 6, Intermediate, Advanced 1 and 2 Ballet AND
Grade 4, 5, Advanced 1 and 2 Modern

Pointe Shoe Workshop Fri 7 Dec

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What you might like to know about feet and pointe shoes – presented by Sonia Malpas.
Friday 7 December 2012 7.00 – 8.30pm at the Peta Spooner Academy of Dance Studio.
$15 per dancer & parents free – spaces limited.
Please RSVP to Sonia on 545 0494 or
This workshop is aimed at students entering Grade 6 & above in 2013.
Girls- please wear anything you like – we just need easy access to your bare feet.

Holiday Timetable

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Week One 1-4 October
Adv1 and Adv2 Ballet: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Week two 8-12 October
All exam students: every day from Tues 9 Oct to Fri 12 Oct

  • 9am Intermediate Ballet
  • 10am Grade 5 Jazz
  • 10.45 Grade 4 Jazz
  • 11.30 Grade6 Ballet
  • 12.15 Grade5 Ballet
  • 1pm Ballet Grade 2 Jazz Grade1

As from this Wednesday Adv1 and Adv2 have a class at 6.30 till 7.30 (there will not be any cost for this class)

For those of you who will have a break, enjoy your family time together.


Congratulations to Jane

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I am delighted to announce Jane’s success in passing her Fellowship exam in classical ballet. You may not know that the Fellowship exam is the highest teaching exam that we can achieve as teachers. I’m sure you are as delighted as I am to have
such a talented young teacher in our studio!
Yours in dance, Peta