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Arhythmatic-Kanikani Pangarau

A kinesthetic bi-lingual numeracy programme based on the kapa haka principle of putting actions to words and applying it to the world of basic mathematics. Fully interactive sessions using full-body movements while chanting numeric sequences in time to percussive rhythms. Arhythmatic has been taught in over twenty schools throughout the Central Plateau.

Artist Information

Arhythmatic Company


Phone: 07 378 2229 or 02102366629

Email: whaitaima@arhythmatic.co.nz


Skills - Puppetry. Whaitaima Te Whare & Jeffrey Addison founded Toro Pikopiko Puppet Theatre in 1995. Since then we have toured nationally and performed original musical puppet shows at primary schools and festivals. Created the TV series 'Toro Pikopiko E! for Maori Television from 2004-2007. We are currently touring and booking an interactive show for primary school children with an astronomical theme called
'Matariki' - that premiered at 'Te Papa' in 2007.

Music workshops - (global percussion, indigenous instruments).

Arhyhthmatic (A kinesthetic program featuring live drumming and moving to numeric patterns. Can be taught in both English and Te Reo Maori.)

Programme Information

Arts Practice Medium: Dance, Music

Topics or Genres of Expertise: Numeric Kinesthetic Dance

Languages Spoken: English, Maori

Target Age Group: Junior Primary, Middle Primary, Senior Primary, Junior Secondary, Senior Secondary

Preferred Group Size: Medium (9-20)

Regions: National


2009 - April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Space and Resources Required: CD player, DVD player

Indicative Costs:


Mode of Delivery: Workshop

Cultural Context: European, European, Asian, Pasifika, Maori


Another Dance Company moved from the U.K to New Zealand in August 2010.

A.D.C's work includes;
- professional contemporary choreography & performance
- dance education for young people and adults within formal education and the community
- project management.

Our dance education work includes performance projects, cross-curricular work, dance P.E, extended schools clubs and S.E.N projects.

Performance projects range from choreographing dance with young people to planning, creating and managing performance events.

Another Dance Company create cross-curricular projects to engage young people in curriculum subjects through dance. A.D.C's main focus in this area so far has been to bring literature to life through movement. A.D.C. secured funding from the Clore Duffield Foundation (U.K.) to work with 6 different schools on a dance and text project. Each group created a dance based upon a story, which they went on to perform. The entire project was conceived, planned, choreographed and managed by A.D.C.

Another Dance Company deliver dance P.E. sessions with a focus upon developing and refining movement skills. Sessions can include music and drama components for a more holistic performing arts experience.

A.D.C facilitate longer term in-depth projects with a real focus on the development of young people. Dance is the medium to achieve change in other areas of young people's lives. Agreed specific aims, decided with the school and pupils, steer the content of the delivery. Through Creative Partnerships (a flagship government initiative in the U.K) Another Dance Company have delivered focused projects to raise confidence and aspirations, and to improve reading and writing skills.

Another Dance Company create and deliver sessions and performance projects for young people with special educational needs. Past projects have included regular sessions leading to performances, intensive arts week dance activities, and youth group projects. A.D.C work in both primary and secondary S.E.N. schools as well as with community groups.

Another Dance Company deliver a range of adult projects.
Past work includes;
-teaching the dance & movement component of the Circus in Performance Course at Greentop Circus,
-leading adult community sessions,
-establishing and organising Sheffield Dance Collective; monthly workshops with guest teachers for the professional dance community.

A.D.C create and facilitate inset training days for teachers. Mentoring programmes support performing arts specialists working in education. Another Dance Company devise and manage projects from conception to evaluation.

Laura Aldridge, artistic director of Another Dance Company, has a BPA in Contemporary Dance from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (U.K) and 4 years experience in dance education.

Programme Information


School/ Level Date Teacher General Comments Hilltop Primary Junior 14.04.08,Monique Page Fantastic, children really enjoyed it. I have noticed a huge improvement in co-ordination! Great way to learn different aspects of our numeracy program’ Hilltop Primary Junior 14.04.08, Dot Hare ‘A good mix of activities, made maths fun – up to me to build it into my program’. Hilltop Primary Middle 14.04.08 Jodi Ball ‘The booklet is fantastic and the CD is just as wonderful. I admire your energy and input into all our children.’ Hilltop Primary, Junior, 14.04.08, Marilyn Hughes ‘Movement is so important to enhance children’s motor skills and co-ordination- A great program – good balance of te reo maori and English’. Mangakino Area,Junior, 15.04.08, Jenni Knight ‘High energy routines kept kids focused and repetition allowed for better chances of retention. Excellent method of teaching difference between –teen and ty numbers – Will use it thanks.’ Mangakino Area, Middle, 15.04.08, Vin Prakish ‘An excellent activity, Kia kaha.’ Mangakino Area Middle, 15.04.08, Maya Prakash ‘Gave students different ways of learning numbers.’ Mangakino Area, Junior and middle, 15.04.08 Chance Taylor ‘A very useful physical response way of teaching pangarau, with action and languages.’ Broadlands Primary, Senior, 17.04.08, Melanie Goodin ‘As te reo is a very important part of our school program it has helped me as a teacher carry on with Arhythmatic/ Kanikani pangarau in my maths program. Myself and Room 3 think you rock!’ Te Kura O Hirangi Junior 16.04.08 WhaeaTini ‘He pai ki ngā mokopuna tēnei marau nā te mea kei roto I te reo rangatira.’ Te Kura O Hirangi Junior 16.04.08 Debbie Tipiwai ‘He rawe te Kanikani Pangarau mo te ako pāngarau, ako nga tau, me te whakapakiri Tinana’. Te Kura o Hirangi Junior 16.04.08 Whaea Ngawai ‘Rawe ma nga tamariki, me era atu kaiako. Ka rawe koutou!’ Te Kura o Hirangi Middle 16.04.08 Whaea Emma ‘Kei te mahi tatou tenei ia ra, ia ra, pai rawa atu ki nga tamariki me te kaiako hoki.’ Reporoa Primary Senior children 17.04.08 Jill Burns ‘A brilliant program that all can be involved with. Once taught, it can be used at any time’. Reporoa Primary Junior and Middle 17.04.08 Chrys Graves ‘Thanks for introducing more tools to my toolbox especially as this is largely directed at different learning styles’.

Programme Materials Provided for Schools: No

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