Welcome to Pacific Dance New Zealand (PDNZ)
Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Bula Vinaka, Kia Orana, Aloha, Pacific Greetings
Pacific Dance New Zealand fosters and encourages the development of the Pacific dance sector of New Zealand. We are involved in running dance workshops, conferences, community and professional events promoting Pacific dance in New Zealand.
2013 in Full Swing!!
Pacific Dance Residency 2013
PDNZ is proud to announce the recipient of the 2013 Pacific Dance Residency to be held in Porirua over a two month period from July. This year's recipient is - Tupe Lualua.
You can read more on our Residency page.
Pacific Dance Choreographic Laboratory 2013
PDNZ is calling for submissions from choreographers or directors for development proposals to take part in the 2013 Pacific Dance Choreographic Lab. Read our Choreographic Lab 2013 page for more details. The deadline is 18th July.
Term 2 children's dance classes
Term 2 is a go and our dance classes in Tahitian girls, Samoan siva, Pacific boys dance and drum and our Siva afi (fire dance) classes are in full swing. Check out our Classes page if you'd like to join in.
PDNZ in Prisons
Pacific Dance New Zealand is about to start its Pacific Dance in Prisons programme 2013 teaching Pacific dance, drumming and contemporary dance in prisons. You can read more about last year's programme at this link.
As part of PDNZ's continued regional development and outreach programme, our team delivered workshops in Fiji during the first week of April. Thanks to the aid of the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Suva High Commission and our local partner Rako Pasefika Productions, we delivered a range of dance workshops with high school students, professional dancers and performing arts students at the University of the South Pacific's Oceania Centre. PDNZ would like to thank all of the participants and groups involved. You can find out more on our Facebook page.
March was an extremely busy month, with many events and happenings. As well as the Auckland Arts Festival, we also had Pacific As - a suite of events on the Auckland calendar presenting a varied mix of things Pacific. As part of this, PDNZ had two events on - the Pacific Dance Fono 2013 and Moana, A Pacific Dance Showcase (read below), we also helped to host a Hawaiian contingent here for the Pasifika Festival and supported a number of shows and events over the month.
The Fono (Friday, 8th March) was a great get-together of a tight-knit group at Auckland University's Fale Pasifika who listened, discussed and talked about the ideas presented by our key-note speaker, Kumu Blaine Kamalani Kia. They also had the opportunity to take a master hula class and actually dance out what had been talked about. It was wonderful to see academics and non-dance people along with experienced dance practitioners all giving it a go.
Moana, a Pacific Dance Showcase, which played at TAPAC (The Auckland Performing Arts Centre) between Wednesday 20th of March and Saturday the 23rd March was by all accounts a great success!! Not only bringing together four of the best up and coming Pacific choreographers in Auckland but Moana also managed to bring together 22 dancers from across four of the performing arts/dance institutions of Auckland (Auckland University Dance Studies, Unitec Screen & Performing Arts, PIPA and Excel). The audiences were great and we especially enjoyed being able to share the show with high school students who came from around Auckland to our matinee shows. Watch this space for more to come...
|Moana, a Pacific Dance Showcase||Pacific Dance Fono 2013|
Please check our Facebook page for more updates and opportunities.
Pacific Dance New Zealand, P.O Box 5072, Wellesley Street, Auckland, New Zealand
Office: Top Floor, Rm 25, 147 Great North Road, Auckland 1021, New Zealand
Phone +64 9 376 00 60 email@example.com