New Zealand Branch Summer School 2006-7

A Touch of Gold

Knox College, Dunedin, where the first nationally-organised summer school was held in 1957-8, will be the headquarters for the 50th school which will run from 28 December 2006 to 6 January 2007.

Dancers will be accommodated in single rooms at Knox College and (if necessary) at neighbouring Salmond Hall. There are also many motels nearby.

The usual range of classes, plus a musicians' class, will be held. Dance classes will be held at Knox College and at school and church halls in north Dunedin. The musicians’ class will be housed in the Logan Park High School music suite. Evening functions will be held in the Logan Park High School gymnasium and at the Edgar Centre (an indoor sports centre).

A typical day at Summer School starts with breakfast in the dining room, then it’s off to class. Dancers are required to arrive at class in time to change their shoes and be ready for a 9.00am start. There is a break for morning tea, and classes finish at 12 noon. Classes are compulsory (unless you have made other arrangements with the Organiser). There are no classes on 1 January.

After lunch, there are optional afternoon classes and other activities. You will receive information about these in your registration pack when you arrive at the School. Alternatively, you can take yourself and friends off on a private exploration of Dunedin. There will be information at the School office about places to visit.

Dinner is followed by evening functions, which vary from casual to formal:

· Thursday 28th – Opening social dance – informal
· Friday 29th – 50th anniversary dine and dance – formal (wear something gold)
· Saturday 30th – Social dance – informal
· Sunday 31st – Hogmanay – formal
· Monday 1st – free
· Tuesday 2nd – Musical soiree - casual
· Wednesday 3rd – President’s Ball – formal
· Thursday 4th – Ceilidh – casual
· Friday 5th – Final night - informal

(Don’t worry if you don’t have the full formal gear, there will be other people who haven’t, and we’ll still dance with you!)

Tuesday 2nd January is your opportunity to take part in The Great Escape. This includes visits to Otago Museum Otago Museum and the University of Otago, a wildlife trip (penguins and seals), a trip on the Taieri Gorge train, and curling and ice skating. Dunedin has many other attractions for you to enjoy, such as the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Olveston (stately home), Larnach Castle, the Otago Settlers Museum, the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame at the Dunedin Railway Station, and many cafés and eateries.

You will receive more information when you arrive at the School, including a complete programme, and details of transport to and from classes and the evening function venues.

Plan now to enjoy southern hospitality and the scenic and historic attractions of Dunedin and Otago.


Organiser : Janet Favel, P.O. Box 5383, Moray Place, Dunedin, New Zealand

Telephone: +64 3 473 8178 - Fax: +64 3 477 9837 - Email: