creating space for movement makers
to flourish in
Ōtautahi christchurch.


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

We believe in an Aotearoa where contemporary dance and performance are 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 ...

hello 2021!

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

We've got some great new tutors lined up and we're introducing some Under 10 kids classes to our offering.

We're also launching a dance challenge in February as well as our In House Studio Artist programming so there will be a bunch of regular artist sharing events to feed your social and cultural hankerings.

There's a lot happening behind the scenes right now to get everything ready for you to make sure you can feel right at home too!

Classes will start back from Feb 1 with announcements coming from Jan 18 so standby and get ready to go! 



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.

New Timetable and Registrations Open from 18 January with classes starting from 1 February. 

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.