weekly community contemporary dance classes for adults and children

MAP provides a space for anyone who is interested in engaging more deeply with their moving body.
We have a range of classes including Body Work, Improvisation, Contemporary Technique,
Contact Improvisation, and Creative Dance for 5 - 10 year olds.
All our classes are taught by professional dancers and dance makers. 

Join us at the MAP Studio,
76 Hawdon Street, Sydenham, Ōtautahi Christchurch.

All are welcome to share and connect through movement. 

2021 pricing 

Adult Weekly Membership Subscription

(Unlimited classes each week and exclusive Membership discounts on movement labs and events)

Price: Annual Donation $150 plus $25/week

Unlimited Month

Price: $150 

10 Class Pass (2 month expiry)

Price: $160

Creative Kids Dance 

Price: $150 per term 

Casual Drop In
Price: $20  


2021 schedule 

Open Adults Contemporary 

When: Monday 7:15pm - 8:30pm
Tutor: Julia Harvie

Body Work & Improvisation 

When: Wednesday 5:30pm - 7:00pm  
Tutor: Robyn Jordaan

Open Adults Contemporary

When: Wednesday 7:15pm - 8:30pm
Tutor: Anu Khapung

Creative Kids  5 - 7yrs

When: Saturday 8:45pm - 9:30am
Olivia O'Brien

Creative Kids 8 - 10yrs 

When: Saturday 9:45am - 10:30am
Olivia O'Brien

Hañsa Yoga

When: Saturday 10:45am - 12:15pm
Tutor: Anu Khapung

Contact Improvisation Skills

When: Last Sunday of Each Month 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Tutor: Lisa Mills

Open Adults Contemporary with Julia Harvie

MONDAYS 7.15 - 8.30pm
75 minutes

This class is pitched at a more advanced level. However, as with all MAP classes, this is inclusive to all people with adaptable movement options. Julia's classes are dynamic, fast-paced, using wrapping and unwrapping, moving in circular pathways and streamlines with twists and curves. This class will develop stamina, flow and softness in and out of the floor. 

Body Work & Improvisation with Robyn Jordaan

 WEDNESDAYS 5.30 - 7.00pm 
90 minutes

Robyn's class draws on a variety of related therapeutic and creative movement practices explored through  visualisation, provocations to explore creative processes, and efficiency and ease of movement. No experience required. No choreography to learn, just the freedom to explore your creativity mind and body through movement. 

Open Adults Contemporary with Anu Khapung

WEDNESDAYS 7.15 - 8.30pm
75 minutes

As a Nepalese woman, it is in Anu's culture to dance. She grew up with Nepalese dance deeply embedded in her life. 

Anu's class brings dynamic physicality and athleticism. Her movement is grounded, organic, fluid, and explosive,  falling into surprising angles and astonishing pathways.

Creative Kids Dance with Olivia O'Brien

5 - 7 year olds - 8.45 - 9.30am
8 - 10 year olds - 9.45 - 10.30am
45 minutes 

Give your children a refreshing and creative start to their dance journey. MAP kids classes nurture your child's unique creative voice through movement. Using imagery and improvisation, Olivia will teach the ways dance allows them to engage and understand themselves and the world aroud them. No uniforms, no exams, just the joy of dance.


 Hañsa Yoga with Anu Khapung

SATURDAYS 10.45am - 12.15pm
90 minutes


A therapeutic movement practice designed to support optimal movement performance and postural function with greater ease. Through Hañsa Flow you will further develop an understanding of human movement and natural biomechanical rhythms. An excellent compliment to your dance practice. 

Contact Improvisation Skills & Jam with Lisa Mills

Last Sunday of each month - 120 minutes

You will build greater awareness of your own inner landscape of movement, and then come together with another to discover the joy and delight of the dance of ‘we’. You will learn:

  • - playing with the artistry of falling off balance and
  • - finding the shelves of the body
  • - learning the mechanics of the body in order to
      handle someone else's weight or be lifted
  • - breathing techniques and how momentum
      influences movement

You do not need a dance partner to attend. Contemporary dance has been informed by Contact Improv over the years, and a great resource to create inspired choreography from.  

coming later in 2021....

Ōtautahi Tiny Performance Festival

We are so excited to bring you TINY in November 2021! 

TINY will be a curated immersive experience bursting at the seams, with contemporary theatre, dance, performance art, DJs and bands, pop up bar and food.

We can't wait to tell you more later in the year!