Nau mai, haere mai!
28 December – 5 January
Welcome to the 2019-20 New Zealand Branch Summer School to be held at St Peters School, in the Cambridge countryside! We are excited to be hosting the 2019-20 Summer School, and look forward to hosting you at a friendly and relaxed events.
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New Zealand Summer School Polo Shirt
Souvenir polo shirts in a variety of colours are now available for purchase.
The Junior JAM class is definitely going ahead
The good news is that we already have sufficient registrations for a Junior JAM class to be offered as an option at Summer School with Helen Smythe, from Cambridge, as teacher. This class is for children aged 8-12 years old with some Scottish country dancing experience, on discussion with their local club teacher, and can now be selected on the registration form.
The School also welcomes teenagers who are very new to dancing by inviting them to enrol in the Development Class and still enjoy dancing with high energy at evening dances.
We are particularly delighted to have dance teachers Mervyn Short from the United Kingdom, Jamie Berg of Norway, Christine Freeman from Australia, Gail Schofield from Auckland, Mary Thomas from Whakatane and Nicole Trewavas from Manawatu leading the classes. Ian T Muir of Prestwick Scotland, and James Gray of Oslo are the invited and renowned international musicians, who – together with NZ musicians – will be playing for all dance classes and for evening events.
Classes for All
The 19-20 Summer School has classes for a range of dancing capabilities, and – building on the ‘Spring Fling’ classes in Europe – a new specialist class is provided for more energetic and younger dancers. And drawing on their broad teaching experience, the 19-20 Summer School will have afternoon sessions for certificated and club teachers provided by the three international teachers. A Musicians’ class will run over six afternoons.
Noting class definitions are slightly different to past schools, a class selector will be available on the website, and discussion with your club tutor may assist in choosing the right class for you.
All dance classes are programmed for the mornings.
An Idyllic Venue
St Peters School is a private boarding and day school in an idyllic setting outside of Cambridge, and it will be the centre of the Summer School, with accommodation and all evening dances at St Peters, and main meals held in the school’s atmospheric Dining Hall. A number of the classes will be held at the school, and other dance classes in timber-floored halls at nearby Cambridge. Transport will be provided to the Cambridge halls.
For international visitors (and for those from beyond the Waikato), we include here a webpage describing the Cambridge and broader Waikato locale, with links to it’s popular destinations and activities. We’re sure you’ll enjoy a longer holiday here at the beach, and places like Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton or the Central Plateau, either before or after the Summer School.
Thanks to our Sponsors
Kind regards, the 2019-20 RSCDS NZ Branch Summer School organising committee.