We Are
Horizon Hunters

Our Story

NZDC is a high-calibre community of dancers, creative collaborators, arts managers and supporters dedicated to producing and presenting inspiring new dance for Aotearoa/New Zealand and the world. We exist with the desire to change the way audiences experience contemporary dance - to break boundaries and share its power, beauty and humility.

Our vision is to create new connections to dance by staging compelling, relevant works in highly engaging ways that not only entertain, but resonate long after the experience is over. NZDC was formed to build a hotbed of diverse, creative voices by attracting new talent whilst also reclaiming dancers and choreographers who have left our shores. Our point of difference exists in providing a full-time home for challenging and growing New Zealand contemporary dance culture.

Initiated by Arts Laureate Shona McCullagh and co-founded with Frances Turner, we launched in 2012, performing live to more than 30,000 people annually in New Zealand and around the globe. We've developed nine programmes of work with 25 different creations in our repertoire by choreographers spanning New Zealand, Australia, Holland and South Korea. We are onstage at least once a year in our base city of Auckland and tour New Zealand annually. We’ve delivered six international tours - to the Holland Dance Festival (twice), Australia, Germany, Liverpool, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Canada.

In addition to our professional Company, NZDC has a bustling Youth and Community Engagement Programme that touches close to 8,000 people per year through weekly classes, masterclasses and workshops for all ages and levels - including our popular over 60s Feisty Feet classes.

We believe that dance is the beautifully, truthful language of living and commit to creating a safe place to be brave.

‘‘our compelling New Zealand dances are earthy, funny, beautiful and brave’’

Shona McCullagh, Chief Executive/Artistic Director

Our People

The Dancers

The Choreographers

The Collaborators

The Tutors

The Management

The Board