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Siva Samoa

Teach basic Samoan dance movements. Choreograph a group dance. I offer an opportunity for students to experience a part of culture through the art of dance.

Artist Information

Filoi Vailaau

Website: http://www.pacificdance.co.nz

Phone: 0210711777 or 09 3700487

Email: filoi.vailaau08@gmail.com


Graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Performing Arts majoring Pacific Performing Arts from the University of Auckland.

Solo dancer for choreographer Iosefa Enari at the Mau Forum March 2009

Solo dancer for 'Fanua' choreographed by Iosefa Enari at the Tempo Dance Festival 2009 - nominated for best female performer

Samoan dance tutor: Experience in tutoring Samoan dance for the University of Auckland Samoan Students Association (2 years). Experience in tutoring primary age level (Glendowie Primary, PASNZ Samoan dance class) Experience in teaching College year level (Western Springs College year 13 class)
I also tutor Samoan dance on behalf of Pacific Dance New Zealand (Siva Samoa for Children, Saturday mornings)
I also offer my services as a Samoan tutor for private lessons to Samoans and/or non Samoans.

I am currently working as the Dance Development officer for Pacific Dance New Zealand.

Programme Information

Arts Practice Medium: Dance

Topics or Genres of Expertise: Siva Samoa. Samoan Dance.

Languages Spoken: English, basic Samoan

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

Preferred Group Size: Large (20+)

Regions: Auckland


2010 - July, August, September, October
2011 - March, April, May

Space and Resources Required: Sound system, Sprung floor

Indicative Costs:

  • $neg per hour
  • $neg per student
  • Materials: $neg

Mode of Delivery: Presentation, 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


Glendowie Primary School. Western Springs College year 13 Dance class

Programme Materials Provided for Schools: Yes

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