Encompass is a Touch Compass brand that includes community classes, youth workshops and performance, and tutor training.

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
NEW 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. 



Community classes

Encompass Community Class 2015

This established 2 hour class has a core group who come regularly. There are opportunities for new people to join the class though so do contact us to see if there are spaces available. Also discuss with us if you would like to do a trial class first. 

When:  Saturdays 1.00 - 3.00pm

Dates Term 1: Feb 14,21,28  Mar 7,14,21,28

Where: 40 Ethel Street, Sandringham (off Sandringham Road)

Cost:   $131.25 incl. Gst - (7 classes) payable prior to commencement or by Carer Support


Encompass Youth Class 2015

An introduction to integrated dance for teenagers and youth adults, open to all levels of experience.

When:  Tuesdays 4.30pm - 6.00pm

Dates Term 1:  Feb 10,17,24  Mar 3,10,17,24,31

Where: 40 Ethel Street, Sandringham (off Sandringham Road)

Cost:    $120.00 incl Gst - (8 classes) payable prior to commencement or by Carer Support

Zumba Class 2015

Public Welfare Fitness Trust & Touch Compass are offering Zumba fitness class for all ages and abilities.

When:  Saturdays 11am - Midday

Dates Term 1:  Jan 31  Feb 14,21,28  Mar 7,14,21,28

Where: 40 Ethel Street, Sandringham (off Sandringham Road)

Cost: $3


Wellington Integrated dance class 2015

Times:  Saturdays 11am to 1pm

Dates Term 1:  TBA

Where:  Te Whaea 11 Hutchison Rd, Newtown. 

Contact: or ph 04 905 3143 for cost and enrolments