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. 


Our latest news and whats on …

With the move back to Alert Level 2 as of 6am Sunday 28 February:

We are still able to host Ōtautahi Decolonial Orchestra.

Contact Improvisation will be postponed to Sunday 7 March at 3pm. 

Classes will go ahead this week and we will resume our Covid 19 Alert Level 2 plan:

When you come to class be sure to:

– book in advance as much as possible
– scan on arrival
– please wash your hands and hand sanitise on arrival
– please stay home if you are unwell. We can cancel bookings and
you will not be charged for the class.

We will be:

– cleaning all surfaces before each class
– avoiding floor work and partner work at Level 2
– checking you in on our systems for additional tracking
– providing hand sanitiser on arrival
– we will be capping classes at 10 people

See below for more details:


Welcome to our new home!

We are so excited to be moving into a place we can call home at 76 Hawdon Street, and our home is your home too! 

We’ve got some great new tutors and classes.

We’re running a Dance Challenge in February. Every time you come to class, you go in the draw to win a prize pack including tickets to a show of your choice at Little Andromeda, a Contact Care session with Robyn Jordaan and a FREE UNLIMITED MONTH of classes so get your year kickstarted and get your entries in!

Besides class, having our own space means we can launch an In House Studio Artist Programme providing much needed space to local artists to work and share. There will be a bunch of regular events to feed your social and cultural hankerings from these wonderful humans.

See you in the studio.


the map sessions
friday 26 february 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.

For our inaugural sessioh, MAP dancers Robyn Jordaan, Julia Harvie, and Virginia Kennard are improvising with Noel Meek and Reuben Derrick.

Noel Meek has just joined MAP’s In-House Studio Artist program, working with his newly formed Otautahi Decolonial Orchestra. 

We’ll be cranking up the BBQ and it’ll be at our shiny new digs on Hawdon Street so BYO drinks and BYO kai for the barbie.

Join us in the studio!


Ōtautahi Decolonial orchestra
Every Sunday 1.30pm from 28 february 

Join our In House Artist, Noel Meek every week for ŌDO, a new musical community for learning about improvisation, developing deep listening skills, and experimenting with extended and non-traditional techniques and instruments. Anyone is welcome to join regardless of musical training and we will explore these ideas together in a safe and supportive environment. 

monthly contact improvisation
starts this sunday 28 february 3 – 5pm

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! 

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!

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. 

introducing 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! 


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.