The New Zealand Dance Company are back in the studio and started the year with a fantastic group of Summer School students who had a brilliant week.

One participant said, “I’ve been coming to NZDC seasonal schools since I was 12 and they have always been enjoyable and inspiring. Thank you so much! You guys created a perfect environment for youth and cultivating passion.”

NZDC dancers Ngaere Jenkins and Katie Rudd led a weeklong dance workshop exploring themes inspired by Sir Mason Durie’s mahi: Te Whare Tapa Whā – the four pillars of wellness.

Students undertook daily morning classes of muscle and bone, contemporary technique and yoga with Croline Bindon with the afternoons spent working on improvisation techniques, somatic practice and compositional tasking.

The week flew by in the blink of an eye and culminated with a studio showing of new work creation from the week as well as some NZDC repertoire - performed in full costume!

Ka rawe tō mahi. We hope to see these talented and enthusiastic students back in our whare for Wednesday evening class or for our next seasonal school.