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 ...

We are back in the studio at Level 2.  

To keep everyone safe, please remember to:

1. Book so we can manage class numbers
2. Scan at the front door on entry. 
3. Wear a mask

We will be keeping the back door slightly open to increase ventilation to the space, and our tutors will be wearing masks. We will be cleaning the studio on a daily basis. 

We w
Josie Archer as our new contemporary tutor on Mondays 7.15 - 8.30pm and Kosta Bogoievski who will run Longform M & B on Saturdays 11 - 12.30pm.   





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 24 september from 7.00pm 

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.

Julia Harvie with Mike Minchington, Mike Kime, and IRD Rory Daly. 

Join us at the studio, 76 Hawdon Street BYO Drinks | KOHA Entry


creative kids dance!

term 3:  Saturdays 31 July - 2 October

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
and both the Winter and Autumn issues are available for sale at the studio.

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.