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 latest news and what’s on …


4pm and 6pm Saturday 19 June
$20 Waged $15 Unwaged
Waltham Pool
30 Waltham Road 


MAP has been selected by Boosted to run a campaign
throughout June along with 10 other Ōtautahi arts
organisations. Help us upgrade our studio and make
a donation today!



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 created POOLSIDE, 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.

POOLSIDE 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 facilitated by professional artists to produce engaged contemporary performance for the public of Ōtautahi.

Performers: Hana Kirk, Mari Shibata, Joanne Au, Nicholas Woollaston, Asuka Kubo, Josie Norris, Olivia McGreggor, Jenny Postles, Georgina Tarren-Swenney, Olivia McGregor, Jane Pieters, Nicole Wiedemann and Bina Iris.  

Getting Boosted.

76 Hawdon Street is becoming our studio home and we want to invest in our community in this space for long term impact. We have been so excited to create a hub for our mahi and to introduce our In-House Program at this studio, and we invite you to support us in developing, upgrading, and fitting out this wonderful space.

What are we funding for?

Supporting our In-House Artist program and The MAP Sessions events

Upgrading our sound system and acoustic panels in the studio

Installing a black curtain to enable the studio to be used as a black box for rehearsal purposes

Designing and purchasing signage for the outside of the building

Paying off the beautiful dance floor and studio mirrors

Helping MAP keep doing our amazing work for the contemporary dance and performance community of Ōtautahi

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. 

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!

the map sessions
friday 25 june 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


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!  

quarterly publication
next publication: August 2021

For the first time this year, we have launched the MAP Quarterly Publication, with contributions from In House and guest artists and edited by In House Artist and MAP Tutor, Robyn Jordaan. 

You can read our Autumn Quarterly online at Isuu
(We’ve sold out of the printed books now!)

Printed Books $10


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.