03 Dec Nayland College to partner with Peta Spooner Academy of Dance

IMG_7208 (crop)Nayland College is pleased to announce a partnership with the Peta Spooner Academy of Dance in 2016. This will enable the college to offer specialist tuition as part of NCEA study in Dance.

Dance is an established NCEA subject at Nayland College and is approved for University Entrance at Level Three. The course is a combination of performance, choreography, theory and research that offers students flexibility and full programme of credits towards NCEA qualifications. Past Nayland students have achieved success in Scholarship dance, the highest level of achievement within NCEA.

Peta Spooner, principal of Peta Spooner Academy of Dance and director of Wakatu Dance Theatre, is excited to renew her long-standing collaboration with Nayland College. “I’ve worked with some very successful students from Nayland in the past, and I’m looking forward to promoting dance education within a bigger institution,” she explains. “This opportunity at Nayland College gives me a chance to work with students of a wide range of ages, abilities and interests and encourage a passion for the arts in general.” Peta is an active member of the New Zealand dance community, having completed an 18-year tenure on the Dance Aotearoa New Zealand board, and is currently in her third term as a member of the Professional Advisory Panel with the New Zealand School of Dance.

Nayland College principal Daniel Wilson sees the partnership as a logical extension of the school’s strength in the performing arts. “Peta brings a wealth of experience in dance education that will enhance the opportunities we currently offer our students”, he says. As well as the NCEA dance course Nayland students perform locally, regionally and nationally as part of Nayland College’s extracurricular activities programme.

Peta will work with Anton Bentley, the newly-appointed Head of Dance and Drama, beginning in January 2016.