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Parris Goebel a Feminist Hip Hop Force

Parris Goebel a Feminist Hip Hop Force

New Zealand-born commercial choreographer and dancer Parris Goebel has been named one of “25 to watch in 2017” by Dance Magazine. The magazine said: “Goebel is the feminist force hip hop has been waiting for….

Brendan Cole Talks Strictly Ahead of Liverpool Show

Brendan Cole Talks Strictly Ahead of Liverpool Show

Christchurch-born dancer Brendan Cole, 40, is currently putting together his new tour, All Night Long, which he will take to Liverpool in February. Local newspaper Liverpool Echo talks with Cole about the tour, and…

Raewyn Hill Making Dance Accessible to All

Raewyn Hill Making Dance Accessible to All

Chances are if you visited the Art Gallery of Western Australia recently you would have seen New Zealand-born Raewyn Hill and the Co3 dancers rehearsing for The Cry. The contemporary performance, that sees each…

Julliard’s Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson to Graduate

Julliard’s Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson to Graduate

Christchurch dancer Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson, who is understood to be the first New Zealander to be accepted by the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City, according to the Press, will graduate in May 2017. Guillemot-Rodgerson…

NZ Hip-Hop Dance Crew Wins Gold

NZ Hip-Hop Dance Crew Wins Gold

New Zealand hip hop dance crew the Bradas have won Gold in the adult section at the Hip Hop International’s World Hip Hop Dance Championship– “a week-long competition that crowns U.S. and world dance…

Ballet World’s Rising Star Harrison James

Ballet World’s Rising Star Harrison James

Some dancers take more than a decade to rise through the ranks of a professional ballet company. Others, such as the New Zealand-born Harrison James, manage a swift ascension in three quick seasons. The…

Dancer Kexin Li Reviving an Ancient Art Form

Dancer Kexin Li Reviving an Ancient Art Form

Before Kexin Li, a Chinese New Zealander, came to New York in 2008 to receive systematic training in classical Chinese dance, she cared little for performing arts or even physical exercise. It was after Li,…

Ballet Dancer Harrison James Impresses in Giselle

Ballet Dancer Harrison James Impresses in Giselle

National Ballet of Canada stars, Paraparaumu-born Harrison James, 25, and Russian Svetlana Lunkina “bring beautiful dancing and dramatic depth” to the 175-year-old production of Giselle, Toronto Star reviewer Michael Crabb writes. “Just because Giselle is…

Off Stage with Rihanna Tour Dancer Lance Savali

Off Stage with Rihanna Tour Dancer Lance Savali

Wellingtonian Lance Savali, 24, is a back-up dancer for pop queen Rihanna’s Anti World Tour, which will take him around the US and Europe. This latest gig follows what has been a whirlwind year for…

New Zealand Sky-High Trapeze Act in World Record Bid

New Zealand Sky-High Trapeze Act in World Record Bid

Anna Cochrane, a New Zealand paramedic, has performed a static trapeze act while suspended on a hot air balloon at an altitude of more than 3,000m, in a bid to break the world record,…

Designer Tracy Grant Lord Dresses Scottish Ballet

Designer Tracy Grant Lord Dresses Scottish Ballet

Aucklander Tracy Grant Lord is the brains behind the costumes and set of Scottish Ballet’s Cinderalla, a production originally created for the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2007, which Grant Lord also worked on….

Choreographer Parris Goebel Born to Dance

Choreographer Parris Goebel Born to Dance

If you were one of more than 500 million recent YouTube views for Justin Bieber’s song “Sorry” and were dazzled by the dancing, know that the moves originated from the mind of New Zealand-born…

On the Road with Strictly Dancer Brendan Cole

On the Road with Strictly Dancer Brendan Cole

Britain’s Strictly Come Dancing star, New Zealand-born Brendan Cole breaks off from a journey to Blackpool to speak about this year’s show and his new tour, which will call in to Dorset early next…

Bcc Your Way into Brian Fuata’s New Show

Bcc Your Way into Brian Fuata’s New Show

As the Performa 15 biennial geared up for a month of performances throughout New York City in November, Wellington-born performance artist Brian Fuata and Australian curator Susan Gibbs’ performance began in cyberspace, causing smartphones…

Tamsyn Russell Amongst Scotland’s Hot 100 Cultural Contributors

Tamsyn Russell Amongst Scotland’s Hot 100 Cultural Contributors

New Zealand born dancer, teacher and choreographer Tamsyn Russell has been named amongst Scotland’s hottest cultural contributors of 2015. The Kiwi is listed 83rd on Scotland’s Hot 100 list, which is comprised of Scotland’s most…

Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Giselle a Triumph

Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Giselle a Triumph

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s recent production of Giselle at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre was “gorgeous, and unashamedly traditional”, the Scotsman’s Kelly Apter writes in a review of the performance. “In an era when everything…

Dance Wunderkind Parris Goebel Gaining Traction

Dance Wunderkind Parris Goebel Gaining Traction

The New Yorker’s review of Justin Bieber’s latest “stellar” video, “Sorry” – perhaps “an acceptable cap to his year of penitence” – declares that, “it is impossible not to feel as if you would…

Justin Bieber calls upon Parris Goebel

Justin Bieber calls upon Parris Goebel

Popstar Justin Bieber’s latest dance music video “Sorry” features some “totally kickass dancers” led by New Zealand choreographer Parris Goebel. “Sure, they aren’t a former teen heartthrob turned bona fide artist that even grown-ass adults…

Kapa Haka Tale a Piece of NZ for Oxford

Kapa Haka Tale a Piece of NZ for Oxford

As part of Oxford’s Family Dance Week there is a one-off opportunity to see the haka live in a show performed by Corey Baker’s dance company, as part of a stunning new show called…

Burlesque Dancer Bonita Muntz off to Vegas

Burlesque Dancer Bonita Muntz off to Vegas

Christchurch burlesque artist Bonita Muntz, who performs as Bonita Danger Doll, is the first New Zealander selected to perform at the Las Vegas Burlesque Festival, held over three days, from 8-10 October. “This will be…

Hip Op-eration Crew Are Ageing with Attitude

Hip Op-eration Crew Are Ageing with Attitude

Waiheke-based Hip Op-eration Crew is the oldest hip-hop dance group in the world with 22 members and an average age of 81. Manager and choreographer Billie Jordan, 45, founded the group to inspire other…

Rosie Langabeer Flies Across Cultures with BalletX

Rosie Langabeer Flies Across Cultures with BalletX

Hosted by the Vail International Dance Festival, Philadelphia-based contemporary dance troupe BalletX performed New Zealand composer Rosie Langabeer’s “Sunset o639”, a classical ballet in which dancers tell an epic and tragic story. This time, their…

Brian Fuata’s Video a 24 Frame Per Second Highlight

Brian Fuata’s Video a 24 Frame Per Second Highlight

Wellington-born Sydney-based artist Brian Fuata, 37, was one of 24 artists exhibiting as a part of the “pioneering video art-inspired dance project” “24 Frames Per Second” on at Sydney’s Carriageworks. The exhibition delivered “a groundbreaking…

How Ballet Understudy Harrison James Became the Prince

How Ballet Understudy Harrison James Became the Prince

When casting notices first went up for the National Ballet of Canada’s season of Sleeping Beauty, Paraparaumu-born dancer Harrison James, 24, was merely down to understudy Prince Florimund. But circumstances changed, and in the…

Hannah O’Neill Dances in Paris Opera’s Swan Lake

Hannah O’Neill Dances in Paris Opera’s Swan Lake

A New Zealander is one of the Paris Opera Ballet’s “emerging young dancers” who has brought “style and elegance” to Nureyev’s production of Swan Lake. This was the “sprightly” Hannah O’Neill’s first time dancing…

Costume Designer Tracy Lord Awakens Singapore Corps De Ballet

Costume Designer Tracy Lord Awakens Singapore Corps De Ballet

New Zealand-born Tracy Grant Lord has created the costumes for Singapore Dance Theatre’s (SDT’s) 2015 season of Sleeping Beauty. Lord’s designs are a reminder of just how costumes also make a ballet. “Highlights will be…

Black Grace Touring Retrospective in the United States

Black Grace Touring Retrospective in the United States

Choreographer Neil Ieremia and his contemporary dance troupe Black Grace are currently on tour in the United States, firstly performing their 20-year retrospective programme, including Gathering Clouds, for Philadelphian audiences. Wellington-born Ieremia said that his…

Kate McIntosh’s Joyous Creation Hits Vancouver Festival

Kate McIntosh’s Joyous Creation Hits Vancouver Festival

New Zealand-born Belgium-based dancer and conceptual performance artist Kate McIntosh took her “favourite theatrical creation” Dark Matter to this year’s PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, one of Vancouver’s signature events. “It’s a joyous,…

Brendan Cole Promises a Night to Remember

Brendan Cole Promises a Night to Remember

Professional dancer Christchurch-born Brendan Cole, 38, star of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, begins a 48-date tour of the UK and Ireland with his dance spectacular A Night To Remember on 27 January in…

Former Strictly Star Erin Boag Returns to the Stage

Former Strictly Star Erin Boag Returns to the Stage

For all its glamour and sparkle, one can’t help but feel that Strictly Come Dancing’s star burns a little less brightly since New Zealand-born Erin Boag departed two years ago, according to the Western…

Optically nourishing Birds With Skymirrors premieres in US

Optically nourishing Birds With Skymirrors premieres in US

“While many artists may feel moved to address climate change, the matter has special urgency for the Samoan choreographer Lemi Ponifasio and the members of his company, Mau,” New York Times correspondent…

Coromandel Ballerina Vida Polakov Wins Genée Gold

Coromandel Ballerina Vida Polakov Wins Genée Gold

New Zealand ballerina Vida Polakov, 16, has danced her way to gold at the Genée International Ballet Competition, one of the world’s most prestigious classical ballet competitions. Simply called “the Genée”, the competition,…

Rambert’s Mark Baldwin Choreographs with a Big Bang

Rambert’s Mark Baldwin Choreographs with a Big Bang

He was born in Fiji and grew up in New Zealand where he learnt the haka at school, yet Mark Baldwin was destined for greatness with Britain’s world-renowned dance company, Rambert. Rambert’s run…

Strictly Star Erin Boag Says Motherhood Her New Priority

Strictly Star Erin Boag Says Motherhood Her New Priority

For 17 years, Auckland-born ballroom dancer Erin Boag, 39, and British partner Anton Du Beke, 48, have been tripping the light fantastic together, in a journey that has seen them rise through the amateur…

Black Grace Makes Edinburgh Fringe Debut

Black Grace Makes Edinburgh Fringe Debut

Black Grace dance company makes its Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut with a series of performances spanning nearly 20 years. Founder and choreographer Neil Ieremia will steer the troupe through a mixed bill of short…

Retirement Village Residents Film Perfect Pharrell Williams Parody

Retirement Village Residents Film Perfect Pharrell Williams Parody

The residents of Diana Isaac Retirement Village in Christchurch have proven that despite any aching joints and stiff hips their dancing shoes are as good as new by creating their own version of Pharrell…

Impressive and Uncommonly Versatile NY Triple Bill

Impressive and Uncommonly Versatile NY Triple Bill

The opening of Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) at The Joyce in New York “marked the final stop on a US tour that has covered a lot of ground – both literally and figuratively”,…

Exciting Things Afoot at the Royal New Zealand Ballet

Exciting Things Afoot at the Royal New Zealand Ballet

Artistic director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet Wellington-based Ethan Stiefel is significantly raising the “well-respected” company’s profile. The former American Ballet Theater principal was about as famous as it is possible for a…

Royal New Zealand Ballet Return to US after Two Decades with Giselle

Royal New Zealand Ballet Return to US after Two Decades with Giselle

For the first time in 21 years the Royal New Zealand Ballet is touring the United States, performing “a fresh production of the classic” Giselle, premiering in Los Angeles at The Music…

Strictly Star Sambas off to Sunderland

Strictly Star Sambas off to Sunderland

Strictly Come Dancing star New Zealander Brendan Cole, who is currently starring in the hit BBC show with celebrity dance partner Sophie Ellis Bextor, is taking his own show, Licence to Thrill to Sunderland…

Dancing Her Dreams at Paris Opera Ballet

Dancing Her Dreams at Paris Opera Ballet

Twenty-year-old Auckland dancer Hannah O’Neill, who has a lifetime contract with the world’s pre-eminent academy, the Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris, told the New Zealand Herald recently that despite having spent only…

Dancer Bound for Fame in San Francisco

Dancer Bound for Fame in San Francisco

Eighteen-year-old Aucklander Joel Walsham has become the first New Zealander to be awarded a scholarship to prestigious United States dance university, LINES Ballet in San Francisco. Early this year Walsham flew to the United…

Standing Ovations in Holland for Douglas Wright’s rapt

Standing Ovations in Holland for Douglas Wright’s rapt

Pre-eminent New Zealand choreographer and award-winning writer Douglas Wright’s work rapt was performed in The Hague at the prestigious Lucent Danstheater in April to standing ovations from sold-out houses. The invitation from one of…

Birds with Mirrors Take Flight for Australia

Birds with Mirrors Take Flight for Australia

New Zealander Lemi Ponifasio’s dance works have been acclaimed by critics as nothing short of revelatory, spiritual, even. The self-taught choreographer’s productions, starring Polynesian dancers, have been staged to critical acclaim across the…

King-Wall Named Principal Dancer

King-Wall Named Principal Dancer

Ty King-Wall, 26, from Katikati has been named the latest – and youngest – 12th principal artist of the Australian Ballet. The company’s artistic director David McAllister said he was certain King-Wall would make a great…

Rangi Ruru schoolgirls win praise Polyfest performance

Rangi Ruru schoolgirls win praise Polyfest performance

Forty-nine Rangi Ruru students, from mixed ethnicities, performed ientirely n the Samoan language at the recent 2013 Auckland Polyfest. Their performamce was ‘awesome’, ‘creative’ and ‘spellbinding,’ according to the Samoa Observer. ‘The vociferous applause…

Black Grace Tours US

Black Grace Tours US

“Pittsburgh Dance Council’s commitment to finding cutting-edge dance took it halfway around the world for its new offering, the Black Grace company from New Zealand,” Mark Kanny writes for the Pittsburgh…

Home in the Clouds

Home in the Clouds

Choreographer and former Footnote dancer Lisa Densem returns to New Zealand from Berlin, where she has been based for over a decade, to collaborate with the company on a new work called, Cloud In…

Touring Dance Thrills

Touring Dance Thrills

Professional New Zealand Strictly Come Dancing star Brendan Cole, 36, who has appeared in all ten series of one of Britain’s longest running television programmes, has built up a following of his…

Locking with the Lopez Crew

Locking with the Lopez Crew

Twenty-year-old New Zealand hip-hop dancer Parris Goebel has been hired by chart-topper Jennifer Lopez to choreograph moves for her upcoming world tour. Goebel has also appeared with her ReQuest dance crew mates on the…

Steeped in Melancholy

Steeped in Melancholy

Former New Zealand-based author Kapka Kassabova’s latest “odyssey” Twelve Minutes of Love begins “in the enthusiastic, though limited, tango scene in Auckland” continuing across “three continents in search of the perfect dance (or ‘tangasm’).”…

Uncompromised Magic

Uncompromised Magic

The Royal New Zealand Ballet performed Angelina Ballerina’s Big Audition, which featured ballet, hip hop, contemporary dance, tap dancing and “a little bit of magic”, at Sydney’s State Theatre in January. “Children know…

Wide Awake and Charged

Wide Awake and Charged

“It’s a tribute to the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s eclectic, open spirit that, once again, they visit the UK with a programme of work never seen here before,” Guardian reviewer Judith Mackrell writes. “In…

Internationally Eclectic

Internationally Eclectic

“The Royal New Zealand Ballet may be based a long way from the main centres of ballet, but the repertory for its UK tour is as international as it is eclectic,” Judith Mackrell writes…

Bringing Life Force to Nevada

Bringing Life Force to Nevada

Hastings-based full-time Maori dance company Kahurangi recently performed at the Carson City Library in Nevada as part of a theatre in education tour of Canada and the United States. A performance by…

Crowds Go Wild

Crowds Go Wild

Gisborne hosted as many as 25, spectators and 2 competitors at this year’s National Kapa Haka Festival, Te Matatini o Te Ra, held from16 through 2 February, with Rotorua-based Te Matarae i Orehu taking…