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Pacific Dance Artist Residency Comes to a Close

In its sixth year and coming to a close on Thursday 10th September at M.I.T. Manukau Theatre, the Pacific Dance Artist in Residence once again delivered a fantastic opportunity to new practitioners to take up Pacific dance.

Based at the M.I.T. Manukau Theatre at the Forest of Learning the residency was run over eight weeks and saw seasoned Pacific dance practitioners - Tupe Lualua (Samoan), Aruna Po-Ching (Hawaiian), Sesilia Pusiaki (Tongan) and Leki Bourke (Pan-Pacific/Contemporary) - deliver a fantastic all round experience in Pacific dance to the largely non-dance community.

As well as offering classes to Year 2 M.I.T. Faculty of Arts students (mostly non-dancers), the artists also opened classes to the public.

The closing on Thursday brought together much of what the students had learnt during the residency and provided an opportunity for the general community of family, friends and others to come along and see the dance they had learnt.

Pacific Dance NZ would like to thank M.I.T. Faculty of Creative Arts, Creative New Zealand and Foundation North for making this programme happen.

PDNZ is looking forward to next year and what may come from the students as they develop what they've learnt and present it again at the faculty in another two months.

All Welcome to a showing of Work from the Pacific Dance Artist in Residence 2015

After an eight week intensive in the Pacific Dance Artist in Residence programme, participants are ready to show their stuff. The Pacific Dance Artist in Residence has seen four Pacific dance artists work with students from the M.I.T. Faculty of Creative Arts teaching a number of Pacific dance styles - Samoan, Tongan, Hawaiian and Pan-Pacific drum dance. 

The public is invited to a showing of what the students have learnt over the past eight weeks on:



M.I.T. Manukau - Theatre 

Level 1, above the train station

CNR. Davies Ave and Station Rd, Manukau

For further enquiries contact auckland@pacificdance.co.nz or call 09 376 00 60.

Pacific Dance Artists in Residence 2015

Now in its sixth year the Pacific Dance Artist in Residence is returning to Auckland. The previous two years has seen the residency based in Wellington, first with the residency of Samoan dance choreographer Tupe Lualua and secondly with esteemed Cook Islands choroegrapher Tuaine Robati.

This year marks a change in the usual programme, seeing a number of artists awarded the residency - Tupe Lualua (Samoa), Aruna Po-Ching (Hawaii), Sesilia Pusiaki (Tonga) and Leki Jackson Bourke (Pan Pacific Drum).

This year marks a new partnership with the Manukau Institute of Technology Faculty of Creative Arts. As part of this relationship, the residency will have two components; an intensive learning component for 2nd year dance students from the faculty and an open class for community participants.

The residency will offer students from the faculty the opportunity to learn a range of dance styles as well as the opportunity to assist in teaching those styles to the community participants.

The residency will be held at Te Waonui O Te Matauranga – or The Forest of Learning, the Manukau Tertiary Centre above the Manukau Train Station.

Programme: 8 Weeks on Wednesdays & Thursdays from Weds July 22nd.
Open to the Public from 330pm - 530pm

To register for the programme contact Annabel Gane annabel.gane@manukau.ac.nz / 09 968 8000 ex 8431




Dance Style


22nd & 23rd July



29th & 30th July



5th & 6th August



12th & 13th August



19th & 20th August

Pacific drum


26th & 27th August

Pacific drum


2nd & 3rd September



9th & 10th September


10th Sept

Final run and show

7pm Show

You can get live updates of our Residency on our Facebook Page - check it here.