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.


*please note Wednesday Schedule change ongoing from June 9*

2021 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

Up to 17 classes available to attend

10 Class Pass (3 month expiry)


Creative Kids Dance
 $150 per term* 

*Pro Rata term price available for late starts

Casual Drop In

Community Choreographic Project
$175 | $150 for members

Autumn Movement Lab

$60  | $40 for members


2021 schedule 

Open Adults Contemporary 

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

Muscle and Bone  

When: Wednesday 5:30pm - 6.20pm  
Anu Khapung

Body Work & Improvisation

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

Creative Kids  5 - 7yrs

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

Creative Kids 8 - 10yrs 

When: Saturday 10:00am - 10:45am
Olivia O'Brien

Community Choreographic Project
When:      Thursdays 7:00 - 8:30pm from April 27 - June 17
                   Saturdays 11:00am - 1pm from May 1 - June 19
Directors: Julia Harvie & Olivia Webb

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 dancer and choreographer, Olivia O'Brien, your children can express themselves in a safe and fun environment. Olivia is currently training to become a primary school teacher and is a recent graduate of UNITEC Contemporary Dance Performing Arts Bachelors course. 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: $150 per term

We run to school terms. 
Term 1:  6 Feb - 17 April
Term 2: 8 May - 10 July
Term 3: 31 July - 2 Oct
Term 4: 23 Oct - 11 Dec

Creative Kids  5 - 7yrs
When: Saturday 9:00am - 9:45am
Tutor: Olivia O'Brien

Creative Kids 8 - 10yrs 

When: Saturday 10am - 10:45am
Tutor: Olivia O'Brien

meet your tutors

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, 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 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. 

Muscle and Bone with Anu Khapung

WEDNESDAYS 5.30 - 6.20pm
50 minutes

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

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. 

Creative Kids Dance with Olivia O'Brien

5 - 7 year olds - 9.00 - 9.45am
8 - 10 year olds - 10.00 - 10.45am
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. 

*Please bring your own mat to class. 

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!