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We offer a range of education resources, classes, programmes and workshops to individuals, schools and businesses throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.
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Four dancers of diverse ages and ethnicities are standing in various dance poses, having fun and smiling.Four dancers of diverse ages and ethnicities are standing in various dance poses, having fun and smiling.

Creative Class

Akomanga Auaha

Venue: Grey Lynn Community Centre
Cost: $120 per term (Carer support option available)
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.
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The Touch Compass Contemporary Class. Many people wearing block coloured clothing dancing at the same time, most of them standing, one person in a wheelchair. Some have their hands in the air. They are enjoying themselves.The Touch Compass Contemporary Class. Many people wearing block coloured clothing dancing at the same time, most of them standing, one person in a wheelchair. Some have their hands in the air. They are enjoying themselves.

Contemporary Class

Akomanga o enei wa

Venue: Grey Lynn Community Centre
Cost: $160 per term (Carer support option available)
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 Emilia Rubio and Helene Burgstaller. Participants will learn the language of contemporary dance, contact improvisation techniques and composition in a playful and supportive environment.
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Resources

Three painted golden hands in movement in the air.Three painted golden hands in movement in the air.

Ngā Whetū e Iwa o Matariki - The Nine Stars of Matariki

Fun, interactive and inclusive - and free - activity for schools!

To support your students' (akonga/tauira) learning and understanding of the stars of Matariki and to promote diversity and inclusion, our Touch Compass Creative Class has prepared a filmed interpretation of the nine stars as a provocation - an invitation to prepare your own response - with versions in Te Reo Māori, NZSL, English, audio description, voice-over and captions. Ka mau te wehi!

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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 has held since 2018.

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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