Eddie Elliott

Eddie Elliott is of Māori descent from Tainui, New Zealand. He discovered hip-hop in Wellington and trained in contemporary dance at UNITEC. A graduate of UNITEC in 2013, Eddie was nominated for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative and the 2014 “I Am Auckland Awards” which won him the Youth Active Award. In 2015, James Cook High School named an award for students in his honour, the “Eddie Elliott Award for Outstanding Contribution to Dance”.

Eddie has worked with leading dance companies in New Zealand including Black Grace, Atamira, Okareka Dance Company, Douglas Wright Dance, and The New Zealand Dance Company.

In 2017, Eddie was awarded the Eileen May Norris scholarship to complete a six month cultural exchange with Red Sky Performance in Canada and has now became an associate artist, which has led him to work in leading festivals such as Jacobs Pillow, Fall for Dance North, and Canadian Stage.

In recent years, Eddie has also choreographed I’ll Stand Outside (2012), which toured the south island and Rarotonga, and two UNITEC graduation works - Kei konei au (2013) and In-tuition(2018). After premiering with UNITEC, In-tuition toured around NZ and then went on to perform in Canada alongside his recent development Behind the Canvas.

Eddie Is thrilled and thankful for the support to further develop Behind the Canvas on The New Zealand Dance Company this coming year.