Pasifica (Pacific Drum Workshops)
Keneti Muaiava & Vision Dance Limited
Keneti Muaiava is the founder and artistic programme director for Vision Dance Ltd which is an 'Authentic & Relevant' Pacific dance education service company based out in Sth Auckland, NZ.
Keneti was the first alongside Koreta Galumalemana to implement a Samoan dance paper at The University of Auckland back in 1999 where he is still at today teaching Samoan dance at the Pacific Studies department. He is also the first to successfully implement Samoan SASA programmes into schools and Pacific dance development here in NZ.
Keneti is the resident Samoan Dance expert here in NZ for The University of Auckland, AUT University and all over NZ where he guest lectures and promotes Samoan/Pacific dance and its development here in NZ.
Vision Dance Ltd is the 1st and ONLY professional service company that specialises in 'Authentic & Relevant' Pacific dance education programmes and services and Pacific dance development here in NZ with schools, education providers and communities here in NZ and abroad.
VISION DANCE LTD's most popular programme with schools,YOUTH and communities is the RHYTHM DANCE workshop programme which is a contemporary spin to the Samoan SASA a programme developed by Keneti Muaiava himself.
Arts Practice Medium: Dance, Music
Topics or Genres of Expertise: Percussion
Languages Spoken: English
Target Age Group: Junior Primary, Middle Primary, Senior Primary, Junior Secondary, Senior Secondary
Preferred Group Size: Medium (9-20)
Space and Resources Required: Instruments, Sprung floor, DVD player
Mode of Delivery: 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 Materials Provided for Schools: No