Movement Art Practice (MAP) is a Not-For-Profit
Contemporary Dance Organisation based
in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

We believe in an Aotearoa where contemporary dance and performance is woven into the cultural fabric of our community.

We run community dance classes, artist residencies, community and corporate workshops, and present the annual Ōtautahi Tiny Performance Festival. 

You can find us at 76 Hawdon Street in Sydenham, Ōtautahi Christchurch. 

Our office hours are Monday – Friday 9 -3pm and
our door is always open for a visit.


Our latest news and what’s on …
Saturday 8 May

Term 2 Kids Creative Dance Classes Commence 
9 – 9.45am 5 – 7 year olds 
10.00 – 10.45am 8 – 10 year olds 

Sunday 16 May

1.30pm P O O LSIDE Work in Progress Showing
at Open Christchurch, The Canopy at The Arts Centre
FREE | No booking required

Saturday 22 May

1-5pm Movement Lab with Josie Archer at MAP Studio
Bookings Essential

Wednesday 26 May
7pm The Vision at Christchurch Art Gallery

a new work created and performed by Robyn Jordaan and Olivia McGregor. 
FREE | No booking required 

Friday 28 May
6.30pm MAP Sessions at MAP Studio
BYO | Entry KOHA

Sunday 30 May
3 – 4.30pm Contact Improvisation at MAP Studio
Bookings Essential 

Saturday 19 June

from 3pm P O O L SIDE
Waltham Community Pool
(Tickets on sale 1 May) 

More information below

Welcome to our place!

You can find us at 76 Hawdon Street where we run community classes, an In House Studio Artist Programme providing much needed space to local artists to work and share. and host the MAP SESSIONS, a monthly sharing platform to feed your social and cultural hankerings from these wonderful humans.

See you in the studio.


Covid-19 response.

Throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic, MAP has been committed to providing you with a variety of ways to keep you safe and moving. 

We are also continually adapting our annual programme as required to ensure we can still support movement artists and practitioners in this unprecedented time. 

Stay safe and well. 

creative kids dance!

No exams, no uniforms, no right or wrong way, just the joy of movement, we would love to have your child dancing with us in 2021.

We are super excited to nurture the next generation of innovative choreographers, fluent dance writers, and curious dance audience members. 

We’re running classess for 5 – 7 year olds and 7 – 10 year olds on Saturdays during school terms.  If you are looking for an laternative to the traditional dance stuio model for your children, this is the place!  

autumn movement lab
1 – 5pm 22 may 
map studio, 76 hawdon street

Join MAP In House Artist, Josie Archer as she facilitates a series of sessions in body work and scoring for performance.

$60 | $40 MAP members | Bookings essential


The Vision
7pm 26 May at Christchurch Art Gallery

A new work by Robyn Jordaan in collaboration with Olivia McGregor.

The vision is queer and non-binary, exploring how identities can be represented in movement and dance. The vision is spectacle, the vision is dance, the vision is in the vessel of both performer and audience member experiencing aural and visual pleasure again.

FREE | No bookings required

the map sessions
friday 28 may from 6.30pm 

The MAP Sessions are a monthly studio happening and social gathering where we invite our In-House Artists and local performance artists to share a snippet of what they are up to at the moment, including live improvisations and works-in-progress.

Join us at our digs at 76 Hawdon Street.
BYO drinks | KOHA entry


weekly community contemporary dance classes

MAP offers community contemporary  dance classes that you won’t get anywhere else in Christchurch. Leave your assumptions of dance class at the door and let us give you a new take. Contemporary dance gives you creative ways to explore and push new pathways for your body. 

Come on a casual basis, book a pass or sign up for a MAP membership. We have a number of pricing options to suit everyone’s unique lifestyle!

monthly contact improvisation
next session: sunday 30 may 3 – 4.30pm

Join Lisa Mills on the last Sunday of each month for Contact Improvisation. The first hour will be focussed on skills and then the second hour gives you the chance to jam and put your skills into practice. A great one to bring a friend or partner to but also a great way to meet new people as well. No previous dance experience is required. Be warned – this practice is addictive! 

map presents 


real people and real bodies break down the hegemonic structures of choreographic practices and performance

This year Olivia Webb (sound and visual artist) in collaboration with Julia Harvie (Choreographer), have creatied P O O LSIDE, a choral and movement-driven site specific work. Conceptually, the pool as a gathering for communities is a site rich for social commentary, referencing the physical absence of water in these pools.

P O O L SIDE invites dialogue on the challenges we face as a community in regards to the impacts we have on our water ecosystems.

MAP’s community choreographic project invited ANYONE to participate and contribute as a valued creative practitioner, guided and facilited by professional artists to produce engaged contemporary performance for the public of Ōtautahi.

Performers include Hana Kirk, Mari Shibata, Quique Miller, Anu Khapung, Nicholas Woollaston, Asuka Kubo, Josie Norris, Jenny Postles, and Bina Iris. 


We celebrate the art of performance, and are committed to fostering environments where artists are free to perform.


Uncompromising in our commitment to excellence, professionalism and rigorous artistic inquiry.


We celebrate the ability of contemporary movement to offer informing and enduring experiences.


A flexible and informed organisation that calls for a shift in cultural perspective with movement at the heart.

appreciation through experience

MAP provides a platform for community dancers
to get to rub up alongside practising dance artists in a variety of ways.


We have a range of classes available throughout the year, which cater to a wide range of abilities and interest, working with out skilled tutors.

movement labs.

Join guest artists for one-off workshops and learn about the choreographic process, attend an artist talk or read artist reflections on our blog.

artist residencies.

We offer space and time for you to research and share ideas through research in-studio, teaching, and contributing to our blog.

corporate workshops.

We run half and full day workshops for businesses looking to support their teams. We facilitate sessions that allow participants to reconnect with their bodies in motion through therapeutic guidance as well as improvisation that tunes into performance, communication, and creativity. 

funding partners.