Massive art party.

MAP and XCHC team up and invite you to dance with us on 18 December at a
secret location yet to be announced ...

with some of the country's best contemporary dance | theatre | spoken word | fasion | performance art | DJs | bands | bar 

artist announcements to be dropped over the coming month 

MAP is a Not-For-Profit Contemporary Dance Organisation
in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

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


Our latest news and whats on ...


we're crowd-fed!

Throughout the month of September 2020, we ran a crowdfunding campaign to ensure we could continue our work as the only not-for-profit provider of dance classes in Canterbury and dedicated contemporary dance organisation in the South Island.

We not only reached our goal of $6000 but we reached our stretch goal of $6600! This has allowed us to keep Ōtautahi on the map as a performance destination and to uphold commitment to consistently support professional development and a strong dance community and ecosystem.

MAP is a registered charity and all donations greater than or equal to $5 are eligible for a NZ tax credit. We are open to donations year round. Check out our sponsors and supporters page for the generous humans who have donated to MAP!


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. 

Covid-19 response.

Throughout lockdown, Level 2, and now as we return to Level 1, MAP has been working to provide you with a variety of ways to keep moving including digital and now studio classes.

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. 


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.