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 $5-$10 Students with ID
Location: 665 Cumberland School of Physical Education, Main dance studio
Casual attendance or Drop- ins are welcomed

Dance Teacher Biographies

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.
Clare Fraser works at Dunedin Botanic Garden and has been a keen West African dancer and drummer for over 10 years.

Heather Grant is an avid student of West African dance and Capoeira. She has degrees in Anthropology, Nutrition and Spanish at Otago.  Her future plans include completing a Masters degree in Dance.  027-277-7784,

Sophia Kalogeropoulou has a Masters degree in Dance and 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 479-8965

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.

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,

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




Taught by Margie Lazar
General Satyananda yoga classes that are suited to everybody: from beginner to intermediate level.
5.30-7pm -Starts July 7th (Upstairs Studio) Cost: $10/7


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 July 15th -Sept 16th Cost $8/$6


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 July 9th (4 week session, Upstairs Studio)


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 - Starts July 10th (4 week session, Upstairs Studio)

West African Dance Basics (Guinea)

Taught by Heather Grant and Clare Fraser
Moving to djembe rhythms, you explore basic dance techniques, while developing stamina, back strength, musicality and feeling joy!
5.15-6.30pm -Starts July 10th –October 16th Cost: $5 Upstairs studio

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 July 10th Cost $8/$6


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- Starts July 12th  Cost: $8/$6
For further information on the dance courses see


University of Otago The School of Physical Education - Te Kura Akoraka Whakakori