Unlock your body 
with map dance classes  

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 crowdfunding!

MAP is the only not-for-profit provider of dance classes in Canterbury, and the only dedicated contemporary dance organisation in the South Island. We keep Ōtautahi on the map as a performance destination and are consistently committed to supporting professional development and a strong dance community and ecosystem.

To ensure we can continue our great work (if we do say so ourselves) we are running a Crowdfunding campaign for the next 4 weeks.

Would you consider donating to our worthy cause?


Contemporary classes 

MAP offers community contemporary  dance classes that you wont 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 and now as we retrun to Level 2, MAP has been working to provide you with a variety of ways to keep moving including digital and now studio classes.

We are also adapting our annual programme 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.