Kids naturally love movement. They’re young, full of energy, and ready to see what this new body of theirs is capable of doing. One of the things they love to do most is dance, whether it’s through formal training or just busting out moves around the house. All kids know is that dancing is fun -- they don’t realize they are getting... Keep Reading
A New Zealand dance blog
Welcome to Dance Lines, a blog which aims to give the dance sector another voice as well as to educate and entertain the industry and wider community. Dance Lines endeavours to provide advice, information, and start conversations about the current dance landscape in New Zealand.
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Jenny Newstead and Hahna Briggs of GASP! Dance Inclusive share their experiences of inclusive dance, focusing specifically on ableism. Keep Reading
In wake of the tragedy that claimed the lives of fifty innocent worshipers in two Christchurch mosques, Brie Jessen-Vaughan writes about how we can nurture our students and use dance as mechanism to heal. Keep Reading
In the second part of this blog post, Hamish McIntosh expands on his previous discussion of being a queer male dancer to advocate for change. Keep Reading
In this two-part post, Hamish McIntosh shares his experience of queerness growing up as a male dancer in Aotearoa New Zealand. Keep Reading
A Woman of the Moana: The Process of Searching, Learning & Creating I often question myself as an artist; what kind of work do I want to make? Who am I making it for? And what is my intention? For those of you who do not know me, my name is Ufitia Sagapolutele, I am a New Zealand-born Samoan woman and I am an interdisciplinary artist cu... Keep Reading
Reviews are one way in which dance and theatre can live on long after the season has finished. Writer/reviewer Lauren Sanderson talks about what it is to be a reviewer and how she does it. Keep Reading
Cris Puscas looks at the important relationship between yoga and tango. Keep Reading
Sarah Burrows of Pulse Pilates in Christchurch outlines the importance of wellness in dance and offers advice on how to keep it in check. Keep Reading
James Streeter performs in Akram Khan’s gothic re-imagining of ‘Giselle’, the English National Ballet Soloist met with Chris Connolly before stunning audiences at Auckland Arts Festival as Albrecht. Keep Reading
Transitioning from the life of a dance student to a dance professional can often be a daunting shift. Sarah offers advice on ways to cope with the change of scene. Keep Reading
Sarah lays down some advice for any young dancers wanting to pursue a career in dance. She highlights the importance of education, being prepared and looking after yourself. "If you are clear about what is important to you, you‘ll be better equipped to deal with whatever might arise." Keep Reading
Meet our blogger Sarah Knox, she is our resident agony aunt and enquiring mind. With an extensive background in the New Zealand dance scene she wants to help grow the sector in any way she can. Sarah is here to answer your questions and weigh in on the current dance landscape. Keep Reading