Pacific Dance in Education

Pacific Dance NZ offers a range of teaching and tutoring services for schools. Our experienced tutors are available to teach any one or a combination of different Pacific dance styles, contemporary, hip hop and fusion - from Primary level all the way up to Senior High School.

We are also available to teach teachers the hows and whys about Pacific dance and design programmes related to curriculum objectives or fields of study.

Check out a small video below from a dance inquiry by Sylvia Park Primary School called 'Step Up, Step Out, Why Dance?'. This fantastic programme was delivered in the school over a term in 2014 and gave students across the entire school the opportunity to find out about and experience a range of dance styles.

Pacific Dance NZ was involved in organising dance tutors, advising about the programme and overseeing the delivery of dance from hip hop to contemporary to traditional Samoan siva.

As part of the programme, students also had the opportunity to attend a dance show called 'Moana: A Pacific Dance Showcase', which Pacific Dance NZ curated at TAPAC Theatre in Western Springs.

Below is a mini doco about the dance inquiry, which is a great example of the learning outcomes and positive responses received during the programme. Click the pic.

In 2015 Pacific Dance NZ has had a number of tutors working with schools in the Auckland area. From the Rise Up Trust Charter School, Papatoetoe North Primary, Bucklands Beach Primary School and others; Pacific Dance NZ has been getting involved in term long education programmes but we are also available for shorter term sessions.


As part of our 2015 Artist In Residence programme we were able to deliver a Maori and Samoan dance workshop at the Pacific Advance Senior School (PASS). This three hour master workshop was taught by the Le Moana dancers under the facilitation of their director (and current Artist In Residence) Tupe Lualua. Seventy participants (mainly Yr 11 students) brought the Otahuhu recreation Centre to a standstill with the sounds of Samoan music, dance and laughter. A great way to increase awareness of Pacific dances among our youth. Check out the video below:

Pacific Dance Holiday and Workshop Programmes:

PDNZ also offers after school or in-school workshops and holiday programmes. One example of this is a holiday programme run at Te Oro, the Glen Innes Music and Arts Centre during the July 2015 school holidays. Check the video below for a roundup of what was on offer at the workshop.

Students with certificates from the GI Youth Holiday Programme

If you would like to talk to us further about incorporating Pacific dance into your school programme contact or call 09 376 00 6009 376 00 60 for more.