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Nau mai, haere mai!

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.

We are particularly delighted to have dance teachers Mervyn Short from the United Kingdom, Jamie Berg of Norway, Christine Freeman from Australia, Auckland’s Gail Schofield, 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.

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.

While a class for Junior JAMs (Junior Associate member of the NZ Branch of the RSCDS) is not currently programmed, should there be sufficient demand, a Junior JAM class will be organised. Please contact the School Organiser if there are Junior JAM members (or dancers up to age 14) who would be interested in registering for a class. It is anticipated that Senior JAMs would enrol in the Advanced – High Energy class.

All dance classes are programmed for the mornings.

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.

Keep in touch with the Summer School by registering for the newsletter. We look forward to meeting you, and trust you will enjoy the Summer School classes and programme we have planned for you.

Kind regards, the 2019-20 RSCDS NZ Branch Summer School organising committee.

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