Local dance teachers in the early seventies provided the impetus for the formation of the Palmerston North Dance Association. With the support of the Palmerston North Arts Council the working group was formalised and the Palmerston North Dance Association was formed in 1972.
One of the founding objectives of the PNDA and very much the guiding principle today is to encourage, foster and promote the practice and appreciation of all dance forms and to encourage a collegiality amongst dancer’s, teachers and associates.
The Association went into recess in 1991 and reformed under the same name in 1999. The rebirth of the association was celebrated by a Dance 2000 concert, which has become the series of concerts held on alternate years involving all the local dance schools.
Today the Association’s membership reflects the original intention at the time of formation consisting of teachers and students (past and present), parents and supporters involved in classical ballet, contemporary, modern jazz, hip-hop, tap and traditional Irish dance, musical theatre and others.
Monica Skinner Memorial Scholarship
PNDA established the Monica Skinner Scholarship for tertiary dance study in 2010. Named after Monica Skinner, who was secretary of the PNDA from 2004 -2009. Monica died in 2009 and her diligent achievements in securing funds to further dance education are the impetus for this scholarship in her name. The scholarship, funds permitting, is awarded yearly to a local dancer embarking on tertiary dance studies. The entries for the scholarship will be made available to teachers at our Gala Event during our main competition event.
2022 Keearndra Tohill and Ayla Cooksey
2021 Aylin Atalay and Marie Jones
2020 Isabella Jones (read more about Isabella in Young Kiwi dancer has international ambitions)
2019 Shavaun Tohill
2018 no applicants
2017 Charlotte Gilmour and Tobyn Gregory
2016 Megan Morrison
2015 Luke Cooper and Daniel Hardcastle
2014 Michelle Geange and Emily Hancock
2013 Kara Imrie
2012 Nicola Morrison
2011 Ashley Hodges
2010 Emma Martin
Sir Jon Trimmer MBE
Dance Teacher Rep
Convenors Dance Competitions
Moira Cruickshank 2001-2010
Yvonne Hocken 2015
Zoe Holloway 2001-2014
Michelle Robinson 2015
Michelle Bowater 2017