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Giraffes Can't Dance

Dance Performance ideal for 5-8 year olds. Based on the book by Giles Andreae. Focussing on communication and storytelling through dance. Includes audience participation. The story has a positive message: 'celebrating difference'. Professional dancers bring the story of one unco-ordinated but lovable giraffe to life. Workshops are available to accompany the performance. Workshops focus on practical dance elements.

Artist Information

Java Dance Comapny


Phone: 0276639481 or 0211372632

Email: java.dance@hotmail.com


* Primary & Secondary Schools Performances & Workshops since 2005
* 2006, 2007 National Schools tours
* Java Dance Company has performed in the Capital E Arts Festival for Children (extended sell-out season)
* Graduates of the NZ School of Dance
* Company members currently teach at the NZ School of Dance and Wellington Performing Arts Centre

Programme Information

Arts Practice Medium: Dance

Topics or Genres of Expertise: Dance, telling stories through movement, wide range of dance styles

Languages Spoken: English

Target Age Group: Junior Primary, Middle Primary

Preferred Group Size: Large (20+)

Regions: National


2008 - June, July, August

Space and Resources Required: Wooden floor, large area

Indicative Costs:

$350 minimum

Mode of Delivery: Workshop, Performance

Cultural Context: European, European


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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