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Dance Aotearoa New Zealand (DANZ) is a not-for-profit support organisation for dance in New Zealand. Our vision is to support and develop organisations and individuals in the New Zealand dance industry.

Our Vision is..
Vibrant and thriving dance in Aotearoa New Zealand

Our Mission and Purpose is...
To provide service and leadership in support of this vision as a kaitiaki – caretaker, advocate, facilitator and guide for dance in Aotearoa New Zealand.

As a kaitiaki for dance our values are...
Mānakitanga – showing respect for others
Hauora – seeking appropriate balance between mental, physical, social and spiritual wellbeing
Awhinatanga – maintain care for others
Whanaungatanga – recognising and promoting diversity and inclusiveness
Pono tūtura – maintaining professional integrity

Following an NZ Dance Conference in 1992 Dance Aotearoa New Zealand became an official and legal entity in 1993. Set up to provide services to New Zealand dance it came about through increasing calls for support from the sector.

Five goals identified at the conference and ratified later by DANZ included: “to provide support and services to individuals working in the industry; to provide access to information for sector groups; to raise the public profile of dance; to support sector initiatives and act as a collective voice for the dance industry.” These five goals remain relevant in DANZ’s core work today.


DANZ is about and for people in dance. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are just a phone call away and happy to provide advice and mentoring from a wider perspective gained from many years of working and being involved with dance.

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