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Lezhim Dance

Hindu Social Services Foundation is committed to assisting young people develop positive values, self-esteem, team work and leadership through its dance workshops. We hold regular classes for youth on every Saturday from 10.00 to 12.30 pm at Hindu Heritage Centre Hindu Social Services Foundation 2-30 Bukem Place Off Gadsby Road Mangere Phone: 09 275 1003 For culture, fun, making friends and learning new things..............We also provide 2 hour workshop with 10 instruments hire for a week at a cost of $250. Lezhim is a high intensity, high powered dance come exercise routine which is a cultural folk presentation of the people of Maharashtra, India. During Lord Ganesha celebrations it is a spectacle to watch as the lezhim team accompanied by the music of drumbeats and lezhim (a musical instrument made of a wooden rod and an iron chain full of metallic pieces) display an energetic dance performance in reverence to Lord Ganesha.

Artist Information

Bharati Mahimkar (HSSF)


Phone: 09 275 1003 or 021 0590510

Email: bharatimahimkar@hotmail.com


I have learnt Bharatnatyam, Indian classical dance for 12 years in India. Have performed at various shows in India and New Zealand. Specialise in working with youth in the community to help build their self-identity and self-esteem, exercise, discipline and have fun.
I am a Master is Social Work(Applied) Massey University, and Practice Leader of Hindu Social Services Foundation, an Indian community organisation where regular classes are held.

Programme Information

Arts Practice Medium: Dance

Topics or Genres of Expertise: Culture and dance

Languages Spoken: English

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

Preferred Group Size: Medium (9-20)

Regions: Auckland, Northland, Waikato


2008 - June, July, August, September

Space and Resources Required: DVD player

Indicative Costs:

  • $125.00 per hour
  • Travel: 0.65c per km
  • Materials: print

Mode of Delivery: Workshop

Cultural Context: Indian


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


Susan Battye, Drama Magic

Programme Materials Provided for Schools: Yes

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