Pacific Dance Fono 2006

Held in March 2006 at Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Manukau Campus, this was the inaugural Pacific Dance Fono.

The aims were to build the communications between Pacific Island dancers, the wider dance community and organizations which could support the development of Pacific dance in Aotearoa.

The fono also looked at the barriers and problems experienced by Pacific dancers and recommended strategies for future development and support.

45 participants were present and presentations were given by:

Tania Kopytko (DANZ executive director), Anton Carter (Creative New Zealand Arts advisor) and Ema Tavola (Manukau City Council Pacific Arts advisor.

The keynote speaker was Neil Ieremia (Black Grace Dance Company director, www.blackgrace.co.nz).