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Term 1 2018 Newsletter


Welcome to Term 1 2018!

We hope you all had a great Christmas and summer holiday. An especially warm welcome to all of our new students joining us this year. This newsletter contains information about the upcoming term and year, as well as some general information about Shore Dance specially for our new students and families. We hope you have a fantastic year at Shore Dance!

Welcome to our New Staff Members:

We would like to welcome our new members of staff this year: Tegan Sievwright, who will be teaching AJDA jazz, and also Abigail McDonald who will be teaching our youngest tap classes. We are very excited to have you join our team at Shore Dance and I know they are looking forward to working with our wonderful students! I would also like to welcome back Josie Heenan who many of you will know. She has had a year off teaching while she has had her baby Heidi. Miss Josie will be back teaching some RAD ballet classes this year, as will Miss Whitney! Some of you will also know Miss Amber who will be working in the uniform shop and doing some assistant and relief teaching this year while she begins working on her teaching qualifications. We are very lucky to have such a fabulous team of quality teachers!

2018 Exams:
Students have the opportunity to enter examinations for ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary. Hip Hop students will also have the opportunity to enter NZAMD medal awards. These will all be held during Term 3 of 2018. More information will be given out about entering exams at the end of term 1, as the exam entries are due at the start of term 2. Please note that students must attend two syllabus classes per week from Grade 1 upwards from the start of term 1 if they wish to enter an RAD ballet exam. Students must attend two syllabus classes from Elementary Level 1 upwards from the start of term 1 if they wish to enter an AJDA jazz exam.

2017 Show DVDs/ Photos:
If you have ordered a copy of the 2017 show DVD, you can collect this from the shop during open hours. Please note you can not collect your DVD until you have made payment.
Capture Photography will be launching the galleries of our show photos shortly and you will be sent the links to these where you can view and purchase copies of the photos taken at our shows. This photos in this newsletter are a wee taster of the amazing photos they have taken!

Easter Weekend:
Easter weekend is from Friday 30th March to Monday 2nd April. Please note there will be no classes held on the Friday, Saturday or Monday of this weekend. Classes will resume as normal on the Tuesday.

Term Fees:
You should have received an invoice for your term fees via email (please let us know if you have not received this). Please make sure that you have paid your fees within the first two weeks of the term (by the 24th of February at the very latest). Our account details are: Shore Dance / 38-9008-0704687-00 / Kiwibank. Please make sure you write your child’s name as the reference when making online payments. Any cheques or cash payments must be given to your teacher in a named envelope. Please note that you will receive a separate invoice later in the term for your show costume hire fee.

Watching Classes:
Due to limited space, we do not allow family members to watch classes from inside the studios. You may watch through the windows from the waiting room at our Enterprise Street studios, however we do ask that you please keep noise levels to a minimum as this can be very distracting for our students. At the All Saints Hall we have a waiting room also where we ask students and family members to wait while classes are on, as there is not enough room in the hall for family members to sit and watch. 

Attendance & Absences:
If your child is unable to attend class due to illness or any other reason, please let us know by either emailing contact@shoredance.co.nz or sending us a text message to 027 563 0883. If your child has an injury, they can still come along and watch the classes so they do not miss out on anything.  

Private Lessons:

If you would like to book a private lesson with one of our teachers, please email us to arrange this: contact@ shoredance.co.nz. Private lessons cost $30.00 per half hour lesson and are open to all students. Please note private lesson times are subject to studio space and staff availability.

We would like to ask that parents and family members please do not park in front of the garage door or in the driveway area as this area is reserved for our staff to park in. If there are no parks available in front of our studio, there is plenty of free parking on Hinemoa Street, as well as the Rawene Street carpark within a short walking distance. 


Please ensure that you place all rubbish in the rubbish bins provided. If you have take away coffee cups to dispose of, please can you take them down to the kitchen and empty out any left over liquid into the sink before placing in the rubbish bags. Please push the chairs back up against the wall once you are finished with them, and place books/magazines back on the shelf when you are finished with them. We ask everyone to please respect our studios and waiting areas by keeping them tidy so everyone can enjoy the space.


TERM 1 2018:
Sat 3rd Feb:

Uniform Day 10am-12pm
Fri 9th of Feb:
Term 1 starts
Fri 30th Mar – Mon 2nd Apr:
Easter Weekend – No Classes on
Sat 14th Apr:
Last day of term 1
TERM 2 2018:
Mon 30th Apr:
Term 2 starts
Mon 11th Jun:
Queens Bday – No Classes on
Sat 6th Jul:
Last day of term 2
16th-20th Jul:
Exam holiday classes (timetable TBA)
TERM 3 2018:
Mon 23rd Jul:
Term 3 starts
Between 27th of Jul & 31st of Aug:
RAD Ballet Exams (Dates TBA by RAD)
Between 1st & 5th of Aug (Dates TBA by AJDA):
AJDA Jazz exams
Between 1st & 23rd of Sep: 
NZAMD Tap and Contemporary Exams (Dates TBA by NZAMD)
Sat 29th of Sep: 
Last day of term 3
TERM 4 2018:
Mon 15th Oct: 
Term 4 starts
Sat 15th Dec: 
Last day of term 4


Uniform Requirements:
A list of the uniform items required for each class can be found on tour website shoredance.co.nz/uniforms. Please note that the uniform requirements are compulsory for all students, except for those attending adult classes (no uniform requirements). Adult students attending vocational level ballet classes are required to dress in vocational uniform as this is essential to be able to perform the work correctly at this level.

Uniform Shop:
You can purchase your uniform items from our uniform shop located at the studios. The shop is open during the school terms at the following times:
Tuesdays 6:00-7:00pm
Wednesdays: 4:30-5:30pm
Fridays 4:15-5:15pm
Saturdays 10-11am
Alternatively, you can purchase your dancewear online by visiting our online shop www.thedanceshop.co.nz

Second Hand Uniforms:
We have a Facebook group where you can list second hand uniform items you would like to sell, and purchase second hand uniform items. You can join this group by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/shoredancesecondhanduniforms/ 

Please ensure that all students have their hair tied up neatly off their face for all dance classes. Ballet students from Primary level upwards are expected to come to every class with their hair in a ballet bun. This is to ensure the students are able to dance properly.

Social Media

Facebook Group:
We have created a Facebook group for all of our Shore Dance parents/caregivers and students. We have decided to create this as a place we can easily communicate with each other regarding upcoming events, notices, and news. Parents/caregivers can also communicate with one another (i.e. to organise carpooling) and can notify teachers of students absences, plus much more! This will be a closed group so only Shore Dance members can join. To join this group, simply follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/ groups/shoredancemembers/ 

Social Media Pages:

To join our Shore Dance Facebook page, simply visit www.facebook.com/shoredance and “like” our page. You can also follow us on instagram: www.instagram. com/shoredance. This is a great way to see what is going on at Shore Dance, and we also run fun competitions and giveaways! If you have any photos of our classes or any events, please send them into us so we can share them with everyone.

Water Bottles:

During Term 1, we always have really hot weather so
it is important that students bring a water bottle with them to every class. Teachers will give the students water breaks during their classes to keep them hydrated. We recommend naming your drink bottle incase it is left behind. Please note that no food or sticky drinks are allowed in the studios.

2018 Dance Workshops

There are a range of opportunities for students to attend dance workshops and seminars throughout the year. Details can be found below, and you are welcome to contact us for more information: 

Kairos Dance Convention:

Kairos Dance Convention is a 2 day event held at the QBE Stadium in Albany on the 7th-8th July. Students participate in
a range of dance classes including jazz, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, musical theatre, audition technique, body conditioning and more! “This is going to be an amazing dance event that creates an energetic, supportive and inspirational environment for dancers of all ages”. To find out more information, please visit their website: https://kairosdanceconvention.com. There will also be more information about this in our Term 2 newsletter.

Auckland Academy of Dance Vocational Seminars:

Compulsory for all Shore Dance students who are sitting RAD vocational exams this year.
“This seminar is designed to assist students who
are preparing to sit their Royal Academy of Dance examinations in 2018. It is suitable for all students from Intermediate Foundation to Advanced 2 who have a good working knowledge of the syllabus and in particular the respective variations for your level.

Each level consists of the following classes;
30min dance pilates warm up
1.5hr classical syllabus class
1hr Virtuosity class which includes enchainment, allegro, pirouettes and the variations.”

Dates: April holidays and July holidays (dates TBA) Venue: Auckland Academy of Dance studios, New Lynn Visit their website for more details: http://www.aucklandacademyofdance.co.nz/events/vocational-seminars/

Copyright © 2018 Shore Dance, All rights reserved.

Contact Details:
Physical Address: 17 Enterprise St, Birkenhead, Auckland 0626
Mailing Address: PO Box 34626, Birkenhead, Auckland 0746
Phone: 027 563 0883

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