InMotion inclusive dance tutor training will explore movement in motion, both physically and with a variety of apparatus. This 1.5 day training will focus on developing skills to teach a range of age groups from children to mature adults. Sessions will cover developing InMotion scores, spatial patterning and choreography for a range of abilities. Suitable for dancers/teachers, who are interested in teaching inclusive dance in the community or in schools.


Rodney BellInternationally recognised and an award-winning inclusive performance artist of Ngāti Maniapoto descent. Founding dancer with Touch Compass, danced internationally with AXIS Dance Company and Dandelion Dance Theatre in San Francisco.

Catherine Chappell – Teacher, choreographer, founder and Artistic Director of Touch Compass. Pioneer of contact improvisation and inclusive dance in New Zealand Recipient of the Creative New Zealand choreographic fellowship in 2011.

Sue CheesmanDance teacher, choreographer and researcher. Currently the Senior Lecturer in Dance Education at the University of Waikato, and senior tutor for the Touch Compass weekly community class for the past eight years.


Fri 10 June, 6.00pm – 9.00pm

Sat 11 June, 1.30pm – 8.30pm 


$50.00 (unwaged/students | $75.00 – (waged)


Grey Lynn Community Centre, Richmond Rd, Auckland

For further information or enrolment details:

Email: or Phone: (09) 550 6464 | 021 989 447



RUN Dance Education Resource for Schools

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. It is also of interest and relevance at tertiary levels.

This integrated unit of learning is targeted to meet the needs of teachers for these 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

Includes new information for:

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

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

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. RUN internal assessment resources are really user-friendly and interesting and it's useful for teachers to have another resource for 2.6. National Moderator Melanie Klaassen


Encompass Education Programme

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 inclusive and mainstream dance
  • Raise society's awareness and understanding of inclusive dance
  • Present stage performances that are enjoyable, challenging and memorable


“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 inclusive dance teaching techniques we can shape sessions to meet your needs. Contact us to discuss.





Community classes


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

Term 1: Tuesdays, 4.30-6pm 

February 14,21,28 March 7,14,21,28 April 4

Venue: Grey Lynn Community Centre Hall, 510 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn

Cost: $120 (Carer support available)

Contact us for more information.


An established class run by the highly experienced Sue Cheesman. Participants will gain experience in contemporary / improvisation techniques plus composition in a playful and supportive environment. It is open to new applicants 13+. Volunteer support dancer roles available.

Term 1: Saturdays, 1.30-3.30pm  *** NEW START TIME

February 18,25 March 4,11,18,25 March 1,8

Venue: Grey Lynn Community Centre Hall, 510 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn

Cost: $150 (Carer support available)

Contact us for more information.


WID is run by Sumara Fraser under the Touch Compass Dance Trust umbrella.

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 skill levels. 

Term 1 : Saturdays, 11.00am - 1.00pm

February 25 March 4,11,18,25 April 1

Venue: Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre

For more information, see their Facebook page, or contact Sumara at or on 021 050 1565.


Calling all dance students - or those keen on being a dance mentor!

Touch Compass is offering a unique opportunity for students, adults, or anyone who loves dance to support dancers with disabilities at our youth and community classes.

Classes are free for support dancers and provide valuable professional development and a pathway to connecting professionally with Touch Compass.

This is a hugely rewarding role with collaboration and mentoring at its heart. 

Youth classes: Tuesdays 4.30-6.00pm, age 13-24 years

Community classes: Saturdays 1.30-3.30pm, age 13 up

Explore your passion for inclusive dance and get involved now! Give us a call now to book in.