SCHOOLS performances (more details coming soon)

Touch Compass will be taking its latest Aquisitions season on tour: 

HAMILTON | Friday 31 July

WELLINGTON | Friday 28 August

RUN Dance education resource:

Touch Compass has produced a comprehensive NCEA dance education resource based on international choreographer Marc Brew’s engaging and challenging work RUN.

RUN is ideal for NCEA study with its clear intention, development, resolution and unity.  The work is also of interest and relevance at tertiary levels.

This integrated unit of learning is targeted to meet the needs of teachers for the revised internal and external dance standards:

  • 1.5 Demonstrate understanding of a dance performance
  • 2.7 Provide an interpretation of a dance performance with supporting evidence
  • 3.7 Analyse a dance performance

Learning and internal assessment resources endorsed by the National Moderator for Dance for:

  • 2.6 Demonstrate understanding of a range of choreographic processes
  • 2.1 Choreograph a group dance to communicate an intention
  • 2.2 Choreograph a solo dance to communicate an intention
  • 3.2 Choreograph a dance to develop and resolve ideas

With new information for:

  • 3.2 Choreograph a dance to develop and resolve ideas
  • 3.6 Demonstrate understanding of performance practices

The resource includes DVD with full-length work, exam excerpt and interviews with dancers, composer and rehearsal director.

Touch Compass is New Zealand’s only professional contemporary dance company with disabled and non-disabled dancers providing employment, training, community and professional performance opportunities.  The company challenges traditional notions of who is a dancer and what is dance, and aims to change society’s perceptions about dance and disability.  Access for all to dance is a key principle in our vision.

The resource will be available from the 10th February 2014 - advance orders accepted now. 

Cost: $150 + GST


Phone: (09) 550 6464

“The RUN education resource comes with four really useful assessment resources for Level 2-3 standards .These internal assessment resources are great.  They are thorough without being too lengthy and all clearly meet the requirements of the national standards.  It is particularly useful for teachers to have another resource for 2.6.  RUN internal assessment resources are really user friendly and interesting.”National Moderator Melanie Klaassen


Encompass Education Programme 2013 brochure



“The whole dance and workshop was simply amazing and inspiring, I would love to do another.”

“After this workshop I will think differently about what dance is.”

“One thing I will remember is to be different, try new things.”

Individual tutor training can be arranged and tailored to suit your needs. Whether you’re a private dance teacher, school dance teacher, or just want to learn about contact improvisation or integrated dance teaching techniques we can shape sessions to meet your needs. Contact us here. 


Encompass is a Touch Compass brand that includes classes, workshops and training  opportunities for tutors, youth, community and schools. 

ENCOMPASS aims to:

Provide inclusive dance programmes that are open to anyone who wants to dance

  • Enable dancers to discover their own creativity, expression, and self-confidence
  • Build the skills of practitioners necessary for sustainable employment
  • Offer professional development for teachers of integrated and mainstream dance
  • Raise society's awareness and understanding of integrated dance
  • Present stage performances that are enjoyable, challenging and memorable



Community classes


Develop new skills in dance that will encourage coordination, confidence and connection with others. Open to ages 13 - 24 years.

Term 2: Tuesday 21, 28 April 5, 12, 19, 26 May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 June

Time 4.30 - 6pm

Venue: 40 Ethel St, Sandringham

Cost: $120 (Carer support available)


An established class that is lead by skilled Touch Compass tutors. A two hour class that utilises contemporary and improvisation techniques to  Open to new applicants 13 +. Volunteer support dancer roles available. 

Term 2: Saturday 2, 9, 16, 23 May 6, 13, 20, 27 June

Time: 1 - 3pm

Venue: 40 Ethel St, Sandringham

Cost: $150.00(Carer support available)


Led by the amazing Amelia Tan-Makhmalchi from Public Trust & Wellness Trust in association with Touch Compass. Open to all levels

Term 2: Saturday  2, 9, 16, 23 May 6, 13, 20, 27 June

Time: 11am - 12pm

Venue: 40 Ethel St, Sandringham

Cost: $3


WID is run by Sumara Fraser with Touch Compass Dance Trust as the umbrella organisation.

The Classes: Develop skills in Contemporary dance, Contact Improvisation and Choreography that you can apply to your own performance and movement practice. A fun class open to all level of skills. 

21 & 28 Feb.  7, 14, 21, 28 Mar

Time: 11am - 1pm

Venue:Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre

Registration & Information:
Sumara Fraser
021 050 1565

Training classes

VENUE for all trainings: Touch Compass Studio, 40 Ethel St, Sandringham, Auckland

MASTERCLASS with Kristian Larsen

Friday 15 May | 4.00pm – 6.00pm

COST     $12

*(Early-bird applied to payment received by 24 April)


MASTERCLASSES with Jeremy Nelson (US/NZ)

Mon 3 Aug | 10am – 12pm

Tues 4 Aug | 10am – 12pm

Wed 5 Aug | 10am – 12pm

Thurs 6 Aug | 10am – 12pm

COST     $20 

*(Early-bird applied to payment received by 27 July)


MASTERCLASS with Olive Bieringa (US/NZ) & Otto Ramstad (US)

Fri 30 Oct | 9.30am – 11.30am

COST     $20 

*(Early-bird applied to payment received by 23 Oct)