About MAP

MAP Kaupapa

Here’s what we believe in


MAP nurtures the movement sector - connected, sustainable, making, and appreciating movement art

Movement Art Practice

MAP is privileged to be led by a team of local dancers with the energy and passion to ensure MAP provides high quality and current programmes.


A healthy, sustainable, thriving movement ecosystem that is essential to the wider cultural conversation

Our Values

We are inclusive, diverse, and actively engaged in Te Tiriti

We embrace all people, all bodies, and all forms of movement at MAP.

We have integrity

We hold ourselves accountable to our staff, artists, and patrons of MAP. We will create policies that guide our actions, keeping us all safe.

Holistic well being

We believe in the holistic wellbeing of our community, patrons, staff, and artists of MAP.
Taha Wairua: Spiritual well being
Taha Tīnana: Physical Health
Taha Whānau: Family, Community, Social
Taha Hinengaro: Mental and emotional

We believe in creative expression

We support and encourage performance makers and audiences to be daring and experimental. providing a safe space to move and be expressive without judgement.

Environmental Sustainability

“Sustainability is more than recycling” We seek to position Ōtautahi as a sustainable creative hub for emerging and established movement practitioners. We create enduring connections with the local arts sector, wider community, and iwi. We approach our practice with an understanding of how our actions affect the environment and actively explore ways to lessen our environmental footprint.

The Studio

The MAP Studio is located at 76 Hawdon Street on the outskirts of central Ōtautahi Christchurch in Sydenham.

Primarily used for contemporary dance classes, workshops, and events, the space is versatile and fit for purpose for a wide range of applications, and is available for hire by negotiation.

The studio is 10 x 10m, with a sprung Marley dance floor, toilet and kitchen facilities, as well as office space, an PA sound system, and roller door access to bring in larger items to the space.

  • In-house artist $20/week
  • Community rate $15/hour
  • Commercial rate $30/hour

*Discounts for long bookings and projects available on request

The Team

Portrait of Paul Young Movement Art Practice Director

Paul Young


janaina moraes

Janaína Moraes

Residencies Coordinator

Claudia Jardine

Claudia Jardine

Communications Coordinator and Publication editor

Kat Stefanova

Kat Stefanova

Classes Manager, Social Media Coordinator, and Tutor

Regina Speer

Designer (Brand, Website, Publication)

Krista Pritchard

Krista Pritchard

Co-Chair, MAP Board


Jamie Hanton

Co-Chair, MAP Board

Sarah Aspinwall

Director, MAP Board

holly chappell-eason

Holly Chappell-Eason

Director, MAP Board