Show DVD Orders

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Thank you to those who ordered their DVD copies of the show. Please make your payments by Wed 17 September by either leaving a cheque or cash in the box in the studio or paying online. Ensure your name is on your cheque and that cash is in a named envelope with ‘DVD’ written on it.  Please make cheques payable to ‘Fraser Heal’.

For online payments, please deposit your payment into bank account 38-9000-0671892-03 using your last name as reference. The disks are $25 each and will be distributed at ballet practice at the end of next week. For any further information please contact Fraser at:

Thank you – Fraser Heal

Show Notice – 5 weeks to go

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The countdown is on to our Show on 5-7 September.  We have 5 weeks to go! This is the final show notice being emailed out to the entire studio.  FINAL DAY TO REGISTER IS THURSDAY 8TH AUGUST.  After Saturday if you have not registered and paid for the Show you will not be receiving these emails.  Please check on the Noticeboard in Studio 1 to make sure you are registered!.

FAQ about the Show (pdf file)


We have assigned a main coordinator to each group.  This is your main contact from now through to the Show.  The will be in touch with you after the weekend.

  • Group A – Preschool Ballet
  • Group B – Primary & Grade 1 Ballet
  • Group C – Grades 2, 3/4 & 5 Ballet and Grade 1 Jazz
  • Group D – Grade 4 Jazz and Grade 6 Ballet
  • Group E – Grade 5 & Intermediate Ballet and Intermediate Jazz
  • Group F – Seniors (Advanced 1 & 2)
  • Group G – Upper Moutere

Sign In/Sign Out Sheets

From this week there will be a list up for you to sign in and out at each practise. Please ensure you do this!  It is also a good habit for when we get into the Theatre, where it is a safety requirement and must be followed!

Rehearsals – Now To The Show!

  1. Weekdays – as advised by your teacher
  2. Saturdays (10, 17, 24, 31 August)
  •  12 – 1pm – Groups A, B, C, D, E, F, G
  •  1pm  –  Groups A & B can go home
  •  1 – 2.30pm  –  Groups C, D, E, F, G
  •  2.30 – 3pm  –  Group F and/or any other groups requiring extra work.

NOTE:  Sundays may be required for seniors if needed.

Week of the Show

Monday & Tuesday (2 & 3rd Sept) 5pm sharp.

Rehearsals will be at the Theatre Royal.  Please come to the back door of the Theatre and SIGN IN!  A reminder that parents are not allowed upstairs unless an assigned helper for the night.  Groups A & B will be handed over to the helper on the night and returned back downstairs to SIGN OUT and released back to parents.

General Uniform Requirements for Show

Girls: Regulation navy blue leotard (Preschool – Grade 6 Ballet), Regulation black leotard (Intermediate and up Ballet), Pink tights, Pink ballet shoes – elastic, no ribbons
* Jazz dances require – black jazz shoes (must have black elastic, no laces), black jazz leggings full length, NOT 3/4.
* Grade 5 ballet and up – a bodysuit is required to be worn underneath many costumes.

Boys: White or black ballet shoes with matching elastic, White socks, Black jazz shoes (black elastic, no laces), White and/or black leotard or top black jazz pants or leggings.

NOTE:  If you are in jazz dances you are required to wear the correct uniform.  Please see your coordinator if you have any queries.

Final day for ordering uniform items for the Show is 16 August.
Please email Marie on:
For ballet shoes contact Sonia Malpas at Pointe of Difference on: 027 268 1888


2013 Show Enrolment Form

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2013 Show Terms and Conditions

  • Participation Fee: $40 – up to Grade 6 and $60 – Intermediate and over. Must be paid by 1 August 2013. NO refunds!
  • Show Practices & Rehearsals: The Show is a big commitment for your family and everyone involved. We endeavor to keep rehearsals to a minimum; however, participants are required to attend ALL rehearsals. If you have other commitments that conflict, please speak to your dance teacher BEFORE committing to the Show.
  • Information: We will make every effort to keep you updated with all information. However, if you are not at rehearsals it is up to you to find out if you have missed information. Your group will be assigned a coordinator who will be your first point of contact. Any queries please send email to below address.

Can you help? The show is not possible without the help from you all. If you can help in any way, please email us. Sewing & Costuming – Advertising – Backstage – Sponsor – Anything!

Payments by direct debit to The Wakatu Dance Theatre Trust:
A/C 06-0705-0314982-03  reference: student name

Peta Spooner Dance Academy & Wakatu Dance Theatre Trust
Peta Spooner: 027 242 1442   –   Jane Pascoe: 021 995 009

Dance Notice 26 June 2013

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Sale Day – Uniforms
Second-hand dance gear sale is on Saturday 29 June 1-4pm in Studio One. This will be the last chance to purchase second-hand dance gear through the studio via Marie Price. From June, any remaining dance gear will be given back to the owners. All will be welcome to make use of the noticeboards to advertise buy/sell/swaps though.


  • Amended dates for our show – 5-7 September 2013. Please think carefully before committing to this. Registration forms and info sheets out shortly.
  • Helpers: we cannot do this without your help! If you can sew, assist with costuming or ANY part of the show, please email us we would love to hear from you.
  • T-shirt orders will be taken – see list at Studio 1 and 2. T-shirts and singlets will be at the studio by Friday this week to try your size. One run only – final day for orders 4 July, 2013.



Well done to those who have finished their Jazz exams. You all worked very hard.

Reminder: Term 2 Fees overdue – please check to make sure you’ve paid.

NOT the Nutcracker rehearsals this week and senior ballet timetable

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NOT the Nutcracker rehearsals this week and senior ballet timetable – please have a good read as there is lots of info below!

3.30 – 4.15pm Grade 3 Jazz
4.15 – 6pm Full rehearsal in studio 1

6 – 7pm Seniors (NOT the Nutcracker)
4 – 5pm Intermediate Ballet in studio 2
5 – 6pm Advanced 1 and 2 Ballet in studio 2

All Ballet grades as normal
5.45 – 6.45pm Advanced 1 and 2 Ballet
6.45 – 7.45pm Seniors (NOT the Nutcracker)

All Ballet grades as normal
5.45 – 6.45pm Full rehearsal
6.45 – 7.45pm Seniors (Not the Nutcracker)

4 – 5.30pm Full rehearsal at Theatre Royal
5.30 – 6.15pm Dinner break
6.15pm Back at theatre (no later than)
3.30 – 4.15pm Grade 1 Modern Jazz
4 – 5.30pm Intermediate, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2 Open Ballet class
5.30 – 6.30pm Power Yoga with Jane

2013 Show Dates

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2013 SHOW  5 – 7th Sept 2013 in the Theatre Royal
Date: Pack in – 1st Sept and pack out – 8th September 2013
Week 6 of Term 3

Parent Meeting: Show information evening for all parents: Mon 8th July 2013


  • Fri 16, 23, 30 Aug – Seniors only (Intermediate upwards)
  • Sat 17, 24, 31 Aug – Seniors on call
    • Primary – G2 12.00 – 1.00pm
    • All (excl P-G2) 1.15 – 3.30pm
  • Sun 18, 25 Aug, 1 Sept – Seniors (if advised)

Registration: Close off for registrations and payment is: Fri 12th July 2013

  • Intermediate, Advanced 1 & 2 and Adults – $60
  • All lower grades – $40

The annual show is NOT compulsory for students to participate. If you can’t attend rehearsals and class as pieces are put together (especially final rehearsals before pack in) DON’T REGISTER! Partnership pieces rely on total consideration for each other.

Show Photos

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Some of you may not be aware but the photo CD is not only snapshots of the show.  

It is filled with rehearsal shots at the studio and theatre too.  

Because some of you were not aware of this, we have extended the purchase of the photo CD until Thursday 26th July.

We will accept these orders by email only.

Tutu-clad dads ‘beautiful’

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Dazzling dads prepare for ballet debut

FOCUSED ON MOVES: Fathers of Wakatu Dance Theatre dancers rehearse in their custom-made tutus, for the Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker Suite in the Kaleidoscope of Colour show at the Theatre Royal.
FOCUSED ON MOVES: Fathers of Wakatu Dance Theatre dancers rehearse in their custom-made tutus, for the Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker Suite in the Kaleidoscope of Colour show at the Theatre Royal.

Dads in tights, tutus and dyed undies are to come under the spotlight in an upcoming show at the Theatre Royal.

Kaleidoscope of Colour by Wakatu Dance Theatre will showcase classical ballet, modern jazz and contemporary dance in a choreographed and brightly-costumed show.

It will feature 130 students, from under-10s to the school’s more senior dancers, and some of their fathers – in tutus.

About a dozen dads will perform the Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker Suite in custom-made outfits.

Peta Spooner, who choreographed the three-minute piece, said including the men was a tradition of the school that started in 1987.

They performed either the Nutcracker piece or one from Swan Lake. It was a way of having “total involvement”, rather than just leaving them to pay the bills.

One of the male dancers in this year’s show is a student’s grandfather, an original “swan” from more than 20 years ago.

The men appeared in costume for a dress rehearsal at the Theatre Royal last night after only three prior practices.

Ms Spooner said she was looking for cohesiveness, rather than perfection.

It was difficult to get leotards for men, so they wore tights and colourful dyed singlets and undies under their tutus instead.

“They look quite beautiful really,” she said.

Wakatu Dance Theatre committee member Christie Vining, who helped design the costumes, said they were a “brave bunch of guys”.

“They have picked up the whole dance routine in a very short space of time. They’re very co-ordinated and they’re taking it very seriously. Their headgear is the highlight – they’re made up of flowers. They look wonderful,” she said.

Lindsay Malpas, who works in the construction industry and whose 14-year old daughter, Hannah, goes to Wakatu Dance Theatre, is one of the swans.

It is old hat for him though, because he did it last year.

“It’s completely by choice. It’s a lot of fun. I suppose we take it a little bit seriously. We don’t want to muck up too much. We’re not going to be perfect and synchronised and all the rest of it, but it will be great and the audience have a good laugh. We’re laughing on the inside, but we have to put on a serious face. Most of us are concentrating on what we’re doing,” he said.


  • Kaleidoscope of Colour, Wakatu Dance Theatre, Theatre Royal, 7pm tomorrow to Saturday with a 1.30pm matinee on Saturday.

Source: Nelson Mail