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Manaaki Movement: Indigenous Dance Workshop
Manaaki Movement: Indigenous Dance Workshop

Sat, Apr 20



Manaaki Movement: Indigenous Dance Workshop

Manaaki is to care for, protect and show generosity towards others. This class invites us to explore movements that reflect Manaaki, other Te Ao Māori concepts, and the natural world. Through movement exploration, we seek to deepen our connection to self, others & our environment.

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Time & Location

Apr 20, 2024, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM PDT


About the class

This workshop is an introduction to Māori movement, including; traditional movements, stories, wisdoms, and cultural understandings.

If you are interested in deepening your understanding of Māori culture and /or Indigenous movement or maybe you are curious about the role movement plays in Māori culture then this workshop is for you.

Manaaki Movement workshop is for all levels of movement experience and because it's on zoom you can choose when you're visible or not on screen. This is a supportive space to learn and explore.

The workshop outline:

  • Welcoming circle - Karakia - Introductions - Intentions
  • Historical context - Influences - acknowledgements
  • Mobility through natural patterns (warm-up)
  • Connecting to your environment from a Te Ao Māori lens
  • Traditional Māori movements (elements from Mau rākau-Māori martial art)
  • Exploring creation story through guided movement
  • Recap of the workshop - Integration
  • Closing circle - Reflections - Gratitude - Karakia

Please note: If you're unable to make the class live don't worry a replay will be sent to your email.

Time Zones:

Saturday, April 20th, 4pm - 5:30pm PDT

Saturday, April 20th, 7pm - 8:30pm EDT

Sunday April 21st, 11am - 12:30pm NZT

Investment: $33.85 USD

Your facilitator:

Jade Whaanga is an Aotearoa (NZ) based Indigenous Dance Artist (Director/Choreographer/Performer) her whakapapa is Ngati Rakaipaaka and she was raised in Te Waipounamu. She completed her Masters in Dance Studies at The University of Auckland, Jade's research focuses on re-claiming the indigenous feminine body and healing historical trauma through dance as ritual. In 2018 she was taught mau rākau by Malcolm Kerehoma (Ngati Whatua) at Te Wananga O Aotearoa. From 2016 till present she has built and maintained a relationship with Dancing Earth (an Indigenous contemporary dance creation company based in Ogaa Po Ogeh/New Mexico, USA), contributing as a performer in 4 cities, an administrator in Yelamu/San Francisco, and Assistant Director for Between Underground & Skyworld presented in 2019-20. Practitioner at various sites Jade delivers indigenous dance workshops regularly in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland. Since 2017 she has been facilitating Hui Wāhine (women circles) and Hui Ringatoi (Creatives gatherings) as the Director of Nū Collective.

This workshop is for anyone open to learning more about Māori culture. All you need is a device to tune in on zoom, a glass or bottle of water, a little space, comfortable clothing, and an open mind. We are excited to provide this unique opportunity and look forward to sharing with you.

For more info email  Ngā mihi!

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