MAP provides a space for anyone who is interested in engaging more deeply with their moving body.

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

All are welcome to share and connect through movement.

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COMMUNITY CLASSES START FROM 31 JANUARY. 
*Saturday 5 February start for 5 - 7 Creative Kids and Longform Muscle & Bone
*No class on Waitangi Day 7 February
*Wednesday 9 February start for 8-10 yr olds Creative Kids 

VACCINE PASSPORTS
We request all studio attendees to be vaccinated and will scan your vaccine passport on arrival. 
The MAP Team, tutors, staff, and In House Artists are all vaccinated.

2022 pricing 

 
Adult Weekly Membership Subscription

Annual Donation $150 plus $25/week
Unlimited classes each week plus exclusive membership discounts on movement labs and events

Unlimited Month

$150

10 Class Pass (3 month expiry)
$160

Casual Drop In
 $20  

Creative Kids Dance
$120 per term or 
$15 per class

Community Choreographic Project
$175 | $150 for member 

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2022 schedule
 

Open Adults Contemporary

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

Creative Kids 8 - 10yrs
When: Wednesday 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Tutor:   Denessa Chan

Muscle and Bone 

When: Wednesday 5:15pm - 6.15pm  
Tutor:   Denessa Chan

Body Work & Improvisation 

When: Wednesday 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Tutor:  
Robyn Jordaan

Real Time Composition

When: Thursday 6:45pm - 8:00pm
Tutor:  Julia Harvie

Creative Kids  5 - 7yrs 

When: Saturday 9.15am - 10:00am
Tutor: 
Olivia O'Brien

Muscle and Bone 

When: Saturday 10:15am - 11.45am  
Tutor:   Kereana Mosen

Introducing
creative kids dance

MAP has been running adult community dance classes for the last seven years, encouraging them to feel empowered to move and be creative with their bodies.

We see a need for children who don't fit the traditional dance studio mould to be given space to explore creativity through movement too.

With professional dancers and choreographers, Denesa Chan and Olivia O'Brien, your children can express themselves in a safe and fun environment. You can be assured your children are in safe hands. 

Creativity requires flexibility, imagination, problem solving, and risk taking. Creative people form original ideas through exploration and discovery. They imagine things that do not exist and come up with new ideas. Dance classes traditionally focus mastering steps, memorising combinations of movement, and replicating positions and forms. However, with a few simple tools, we can foster creativity while developing skilled dancers who can enjoy dance throughout their lives.

With no exams, no uniforms, no right or wrong way, just the joy of movement, we would love to have your child dancing with us in 2021.

PRICE: $120 per term | $15 per class

Creative Kids  5 - 7yrs
When: Saturday 9:15am - 10:00am
Tutor: Olivia O'Brien
Term 1: 5 February - 9 April

Creative Kids 8 - 10yrs 

When: Wednesdays 4pm - 4:45pm
Tutor: Denesa Chan
Term 1: 2 February - 13 April

meet your tutors &
check out the classes

At MAP we pride ourselves on the calibre of our tutors. 
All are trained professional dancers and dance makers. 
This ensures you are engaged directly with our local dance artist community, keeping you in the know with upcoming events and current training of artistic integrity.

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, 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. 

Creative Kids Dance with Denesa Chan

WEDNESDAYS 
8 - 10 year olds - 4.00 - 4.45pm
45 minutes 

MAP kids classes nurture your child's unique creative voice through movement. Denesa uses imagery, improvisation, and a variety of creative modes to scaffold your child's learning of phrases and movement material. Denesa will teach the ways dance allows them to engage and understand themselves and the world around them. MAP creates a body positive environment, with no uniforms, no exams, just the joy of dance.

Muscle & Bone with Denesa Chan

WEDNESDAYS 5.15 - 6.15pm
60 minutes

Muscle and Bone encourages participants to experience the limit of their flexibility, endurance and spatial expansion. 

The classes are designed to be fast paced, physically rigorous and are structured for participants to experience full expansion of their external body in the space. 

M&B movement approach is one part of the Body Weather Laboratory is a research forum, founded in 1978 by Min Tanaka. 

Body Work & Improvisation with Robyn Jordaan

 WEDNESDAYS 6.30 - 7.45pm 
75 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. 

Real Time Composition with Julia Harvie
THURSDAYS 6.45 - 8.00pm

75 minutes

Learn choreographic skills for improvising in performance. Julia will take you through a series of exercises that will build skills and understanding in timing, duration, writing material, spatial and relational considerations, and entrance and exits that will culminate each week in making a piece. With these tools, if you wish,  you will be able to go in the pool of performers who take part in the monthly MAP Sessions to perform Real Time Compositions to the public. 

Creative Kids Dance with Olivia O'Brien

SATURDAYS 
5 - 7 year olds - 9.15 - 10.00am
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.

Muscle & Bone with Kereana Mosen

SATURDAYS 10.15 - 11.45am
90 minutes

Muscle and Bone encourages participants to experience the limit of their flexibility, endurance and spatial expansion. 

The classes are designed to be fast paced, physically rigorous and are structured for participants to experience full expansion of their external body in the space. 

M&B movement approach is one part of the Body Weather Laboratory is a research forum, founded in 1978 by Min Tanaka. 

coming later in 2022...

February:
MAP Sessions

March:
Movement Lab
Community Choreographic Project Announced

April:
Research Exchange Movement Lab & Research Presentation

May/June: 
Community Choreographic Project 


July
Choreographic Comission

August - October
Research Exchange Movement Lab & Research Presentation

November
Tiny Fest