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Basic Introduction to a Cook Islands Dance

Introductions Overview of Workshop Cook Island National Anthem Warm up phrases Entries and exits Repertoire Performance Eductaional focus: better cultural awareness and understanding Learning a new language singing & dancing performance skills dance improv

Artist Information

Chuck Upu


Phone: 021 108 3764

Email: chuckupu@yahoo.com.au


Diploma graduate from Whitireia Performing Arts.
Have co-produced Cook Islands music for 13 years.
Strong background in Pacific music and dance.
Have been teaching,performing and participating in polynesian music and dance festivals,corporate events,education & private sector and to individual clients local,domestic and international over a 15 year period.
Previously set up a polynesian cultural entertainment & tourism company based in Auckland offering a wide range of products & services in the cultural entertainment industry.
Currently providing cultural entertainment consultancy solutions to all clients local and domestic.

Programme Information

Arts Practice Medium: Dance

Topics or Genres of Expertise: pacific dance

Languages Spoken: English, cook islands maori

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

Preferred Group Size: Large (20+)

Regions: National


2008 - February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Space and Resources Required: Microphone, Microphone, Sprung floor, DVD player

Indicative Costs:

$795.00 per 4hr day in total.

Mode of Delivery: Performance, Workshop

Cultural Context: Pasifika


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


Sefa Enari 021 467 332 University of Auckland. Tanya Kopytko. DANZ Dance Aotearoa New Zealand

Programme Materials Provided for Schools: Yes

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