Pacific Dance Choreolab 2016
Pacific Dance Choreolab 2016

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.

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Wishing you a great end of 2016

2016 has been an eventful year for Pacific Dance NZ. We launched the first ever Pacific Dance Festival, continued on with our usual successful annual programmes (recaps below) and started several new programmes especially in our 'education' pathways. We'd like to thank all our supporters and participants of these programmes, wish you well for the end of year, and look forward to seeing you all again in 2017!! 

Pacific Dance Festival 2017: Call for EOI's

Pacific Dance NZ invites Expressions of Interest from dance artists who wish to take part in the 2017 Pacific Dance Festival in Auckland.

This festival is an exciting opportunity to be part of a festival of dance focused on profiling and promoting contemporary Pacific dance in Aotearoa. 

Click here to find out more

2016 RECAP

Pacific Dance Choreographic Lab 2016

The lab this year, now in its eigth year, saw choreographers Filoi Vaila'au, Joash Fahitua and Selina Alefosio deliver a diverse presentation of works in Wellington on the 5th November. This was the first time that the Pacific Dance Choreographic Lab has been presented in Wellington and was much appreciated by the audience. You can read more on our ChoreoLab Facebook page.

Pacific Dance Artist in Residence 2016

Pacific Dance Festival 2016

This was the inaugural year of the Pacific Dance Festival and took like a treat. The festival happened at the Mangere Arts Centre in June and was an opportunity for audiences to experience presentations, which developed from the Pacific Dance Choreographic Lab (2009 - 2015). The artists presented were: Justin Haiu, Tupua Tigafua, Leki Bourke, Hadleigh Pouesi, Jahra Wasasala, Nikki Upoko, Katerina Fatupaito with special guest performance by Julia Mage'au Gray.

The festival was also topped off with a special two-night performance of Le Moana Dance's 'Fatu na Toto' (devised and directed by Tupe Lualua). Also on during the festival was an exhibition of Pacific dance costumes curated by Rosanna Raymond. 

All in all a fabulous time.

Pacific Dance Artist in Residence

The 2016 Pacific Dance Artist in Residence is Tuiahai Tuiafitu. Tuiahai delivered workshops over a period of a month from August to September at Te Oro Arts Centre with a number of community participants. He taught several ancient Tongan dances displayed in a final showing at Te Oro in mid-September. Find out more on our residency 2016 page. You can also watch a short documentary about this year's residency here.

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