My arts or creative practice (including details about my specific focus within that art form/practice and my strengths)
I am a young Māori/Samoan multidisciplinary creative who specialises in Hip Hop Street dance, and Spoken Word Poetry. Focuses include creation/facilitation of workshops in technique, identity, creative expression, art fusion, -performance, competition, and building confidence in creative practise. (My artist CV is available on request.)
My track record of experience and success - or the track record of experience and success of the creative or artist that I will partner with
For a number of years I have worked as a creative; performing, teaching dance, and competing all over Aotearoa and internationally. Notable mentions and achievements including competition performance and awards, and significant performances are available on request. I have taught various workshops nationally and internationally.
In relation to Spoken Word Poetry; I have performed and exhibited domestically and taught various workshops nationally and internationally
Describe the experience you have had working with children or young people, teaching or facilitating creative processes
I currently teach at a local primary school as a performing arts teacher, and have spent a considerable number of years teaching young people, from teaching at a local dance studio, to running dance/poetry workshops in various countries. I have prepared groups of young people for national/international competition (Word: The Front Line, World Hip Hop Championships etc) and also for showcases and full production shows.
Age groups I have worked with range from primary and intermediate to University students, as well as professional and established artists. A lot of my work has included but not been limited to the themes of: identity, culture, arts fusion, dreams/aspirations, Hip Hop, freestyle, choreography and stage performance.
Why I want to be part of the Creatives in Schools programme and how my involvement will link to my creative practice
I want to INSPIRE, MOTIVATE, and ENERGISE young creatives to realise their unlocked potential and step into their creative identity in full confidence. Being in this programme allows me to reach more people through creative arts, and give access to positive expression, in a safe space. My involvement in this programme will allow me to diversify my practise by working with a wide range of people of different experience and backgrounds. It will also allow me to build a better relationship with community and spread New Zealand arts practice to further communities.