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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)


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)



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.

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: 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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