Community & Dance Lab Dance Classes

The Dance Studies Programme offers a range of dance classes Taught by our Dance Lecturers, qualified associated teachers and Dance Lab. Our classes, based at the University of Otago campus in Dunedin, are open to adults aged 16 and over. There is no maximum age limit, subject to adequate levels of fitness. Walk-ins are welcome. All our classes take place in our dance studio on 665 Cumberland Street (opposite Smithell’s Gymnasium, near Otago Museum); ground floor.

Prices are per class. Cash only.

Dance Studies Open/Community classes 2014

Cost from $8-$10 or $6-$8 for Students with ID
Location: 665 Cumberland School of Physical Education, Main dance studio
Casual attendance or Drop- ins are welcomed

Dance Teacher Biographies

Lizzie Hewitt  gained her Dance BA Hons at The Laban Conservatoire in London, and has since performed in the UK, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. She was awarded 'Best Dance' at Dunedin's 2012 Fringe Festival, and is currently choreographing and teaching for her own company - LiHDa. www.lizziehewittdance.com / info@lizziehewittdance.com

Louise Potiki Bryant (Ngāi Tahu) is a choreographer, dancer and video artist. She is also a certi"ed Iyengar
Yoga teacher. Louise is currently The Caroline Plummer Fellow in Community Dance 2014, at The School
of Physical Education, Sport and Exercises Sciences. Louise has choreographed for companies such as
Atamira Dance Company, Ōrotokare, art, story, motion, Black Grace, and Curve, as well as devising many
solo works.

Ojeya Cruz Banks is a Senior Lecturer of Dance Studies in the School of Physical Education and the director of Dance Lab. She is a dance anthropologist who has studied dance in Guinea, Senegal and several other countries. She has worked as a choreographer at several U.S. Universities. Ojeya.cruzbanks@otago.ac.nz

Sophia Kalogeropoulou works as a teaching fellow of Dance Studies in the School of Physical Education and has trained professionally at the Royal Academy of Dance in London and at City Ballet in Auckland and has taught ballet for over twenty years in Greece, London UK, and New Zealand.kalso848@student.otago.ac.nz/ 479-8965

Suzanne Renner - Senior Lecturer at the College of Education and former dancer and choreographer of Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, USA. For more information call Suzanne Renner (contact: 4794934; 027-6286546).

Margie Lazar - Senior Teaching Fellow at the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise sciences, and accredited SATYANANDA YOGA® teacher has been teaching Yoga for 5 years. 021 1819940, zaantayoga@gmail.com

Note: Please call or email teachers directly to receive information or updates on their classes.

Classes

Mondays

Yoga Classes

Taught by Margie Lazar
General Satyananda yoga classes that are suited to everybody: from beginner to intermediate level.
5.30-7pm Starts Febuary 10th

Tuesdays

West African Guinea Dance Hour

Taught by Ojeya Cruz Banks
Moving to djembe rhythms, and learning Guinea dance techniques; this opulent class develops stamina, back strength, and musicality as you feel a sense of community and joy! All levels welcome.
1.00-2.00pm Starts March 11th

Whakaahua Dance Class: Coming to Form

Taught by Louise Potiki Bryant
Whakaahua means ‘to acquire form’ or to transform. It is an approach to Māori contemporary dance and
movement inspired by a central kaupapa of performances in the historical whare tapere (house of
entertainment), whereby a quality in the natural world emerges from deep within a dancer to eventually
"find it’s fullest expression in the performance of the dance. These classes are a joyous mixture of
nohopuku (meditation), improvisation, choreographic and set dance exercises.

Cost: Koha (suggested koha of $5). All koha from these classes goes to the Whakaahua: Coming to Form Project.
6.00-7.30pm Starts March 4th

Intermediate/ Advanced Ballet

Taught by Sophia Kalogeropoulou
Designed to increase technical ability, musicality and stamina while having a good time.
6:00-7:30pm - Starts 4th March - 27th May Cost $8/$6

Wednesdays

Iyengar Yoga

Taught by Louise Potiki Bryant
Start the day off in a refreshing way with this yoga class. Open to all levels.

Cost: Koha (suggested koha of $5). All koha from these class goes to the Whakaahua : Coming to Form Project.

9:00-10:30am Starts March 5th

Beginning Contemporary Dance

Taught by Lizzie Hewitt
A fun and energetic class that introduces you to dynamics, flow, floor work, improv and travel. A great way to get moving, improve technique and just dance!

5.30-7.00pm  Starts March 26th

Thursdays

Iyengar Yoga

Taught by Louise Potiki Bryant
Refresh your day with this yoga class. Open to all levels.

Cost: Koha (suggested koha of $5). All koha from these class goes to the Whakaahua : Coming to Form Project.

12.00-1.00pm Start March 6th

Intermediate West African Guinea Dance

Taught by Ojeya Cruz Banks
Moving to djembe rhythms, you get to explore dance techniques, songs and culture while developing stamina, back strength, and musicality; and feeling community, solidarity and joy!

5.15-6.30pm -Starts March 13th  Cost: $10/$8 (No class last Thursday of every month)

Elementary/ Beginners Ballet

Taught by Sophia Kalogeropoulou
Appropriate for those who have a minimum of 2 years' experience, or who would like to re-start training after a long break.

6.00-7:30pm - Starts 6th March - 29th May, Cost $8/$6

Fridays

West African Senegalese Dance Hour

Taught by Ojeya Cruz Banks
Moving to sabar beats, this class explores sabar dance techniques and culture while developing stamina, back strength, and musicality while feeling community, solidarity and joy! Beginners to Intermediate are welcome.

3.15-4.15pm Starts March 14th  Cost: $10/$7

Saturdays

Modern Dance

Taught by leading dance educator, Suzanne Renner.
Open to those who want to dance for exercise, creativity, self-expression and technique building. Best suited for those with some dance or movement-training background.

11.00-12.30pm, Cost $8/$6 Starts March 8th

For further information on the dance courses see http://physed.otago.ac.nz/dance

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