New Zealand Dance News – September 2018

Harper Watters in 'DANSEUR' movie.
Harper Watters in 'DANSEUR' movie.

Find out what’s happening this month in New Zealand dance news!

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The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD), the Royal Academy of Dance and Project B will host the NZ premiere of the highly acclaimed film that tackles serious issues of bullying and stereotypes of males in dance – DANSEUR. It will screen for the first time in New Zealand on Wednesday 3 October at Wellington’s Embassy Theatre. Following the screening, attendees will have the opportunity for an exclusive Q&A with the film’s director, Scott Gormley (USA), and a panel of industry professionals. For more, head to www.nzschoolofdance.ac.nz/events/danseur.

NZSD full-time contemporary dance tutor James O’Hara has created a full-length work, Movement. A Manifesto, for the 2018 graduating NZSD contemporary students. This new work will be performed at TEMPO Dance Festival on 6 and 7 October in Auckland. For more, visit

International ballet superstar Dusty Button is coming back to New Zealand to teach at International Ballet Workshops‘ (IBW) summer 2019 “Blaze Your Own Trail” Series. The former principal dancer at Boston Ballet was a guest teacher at IBW’s winter 2017 season. Those who had the privilege of attending that season found out first-hand that this ballerina was not just an amazing dancer but also an incredibly fun and inspirational teacher. The workshops will be held at Wellesley Studios in Auckland on the following dates: January 15 – 16, and 17-18 (dancers can choose between either set of dates). As with all IBW Series, there will be some life-changing international opportunities on offer, as well as several awards, including a $1500 International Travel Grant and a $1000 Professional Development Award. Register now at www.internationalballetworkshops.com. Everyone registered by 15 September goes in the draw to win some amazing prizes, including a private lesson with Button herself.

NZDC 2018 Spring School.Take the opportunity to join The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) for a highly sought-after week of learning aimed at aspiring young dancers ages 12+. Develop your contemporary dance techniques and explore choreographic processes with professional dancers from the Company at NZDC’s 2018 Youth Spring School from 8 – 13 October, held at Wellesley Studios in central Auckland. This year, Spring School participants will have the exciting opportunity to culminate the week in a performance at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Registration is open and more information can be found at www.nzdc.org.nz/node/seasonal-schools. A limited number of scholarships are available for students in need of financial assistance. Applications for scholarships are due by 28 September.

Keen to develop or further your contemporary dance skills? The NZDC returns with term three of intermediate/advanced evening contemporary classes taught by accomplished NZDC dancer Lucy Lynch. This class is aimed for pre-professional dancers who would like to take their contemporary skills to the next level and/or prepare to enter a tertiary programme, as well as professional or former dancers who want a space to continue moving. Classes are held very Wednesday from 6:30-8pm at Wellesley Studios in central Auckland, and are $15 for students and $20 for waged. Casual attendance is welcome. For more, head to www.nzdc.org.nz/node/contemporary-classes.

By Laura Di Orio of Dance Informa.

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