Education

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We offer a range of disability-led and inclusive education resources, classes, programmes and workshops to individuals, schools and businesses throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.
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Six people dressed in black outfits dancing as part of a Matariki project, two in wheelchairs, four standing.Six people dressed in black outfits dancing as part of a Matariki project, two in wheelchairs, four standing.

Creative Class

Akomanga Auaha

Venue: Grey Lynn Community Centre
No cost: Funded by Aktive
Time: Tuesdays 4.30pm – 6.00pm

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The Touch Compass Creative Class is taught by two experienced and engaging dance and movement teachers, Alisha McLennan Marler and Julie van Renen.
Alisha has been a Certified DanceAbility teacher since 2018 and employs this method of teaching in her dance instruction. Julie has performed in arts and music festivals both nationally and internationally, starring in various films and music videos, including Kezia Barnett’s award winning experimental dance film ‘Nurse Me’.
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10 dancers, wearing black tops and royal blue face masks, stand close together, making shapes against vertical brown planks of wood.10 dancers, wearing black tops and royal blue face masks, stand close together, making shapes against vertical brown planks of wood.

Contemporary Class

Akomanga o enei wa

Venue: Grey Lynn Community Centre
No cost - Funded by Aktive
Time: Saturdays 1:30pm – 3:30pm

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An established dance class led by the dynamic Sue Cheesman with support from dance tutors. Participants learn the language of contemporary dance and creative movement, contact improvisation techniques and how to create performances in a safe, engaging and supportive environment.
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Resources

Matariki: Ko koe ko au, ko au ko koe

In 2023, Touch Compass's Matariki programme includes a resource aimed at mainstream and specialist schools, disability-led collectives and organisations within New Zealand, alongside an international offering, through which we are engaging disability-led schools and organisations abroad.

Inviting other countries to identify and celebrate the star cluster in their own culture and tradition helps to build bridges of artistic and cultural exchange and communication, while opening the door to share more about disability and access awareness and our Māori culture on a global scale.

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Two dancers in a dark room. One is on a knee, arm straight in front, looking straight at the camera. The other is in a wheelchair with arms stretched from floor to ceiling, looking at the ceiling.Two dancers in a dark room. One is on a knee, arm straight in front, looking straight at the camera. The other is in a wheelchair with arms stretched from floor to ceiling, looking at the ceiling.

Run (2012): Adrian Smith, Suzanne Cowan

Run

Our Run resource was created specifically for school dance programmes in tandem with the Run performance, with renowned international choreographer Marc Brew, of Axis Dance Company.

The concept behind RUN was to challenge or be challenged, looking at the things that hold people back from achieving their full potential. This comprehensive resource comes with a DVD and an explorative, thought-provoking 122-page book.

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Matariki star constellationMatariki star constellation

InMotion Matariki

Our InMotion Matariki resource was developed alongside our 2019 iteration of InMotion Matariki, a public event Touch Compass held in 2018 & 2019.

This accessible resource delves into Te Ao Māori (the Māori world) to provide you with a deeper understanding of the Matariki story, and reflects a diverse community. Web-based, this resource is designed as a multimedia experience with engaging content available through the website.

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