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  • Saturdays, to
    09:30 am - 10:15 am
$15 per class
Clare Battersby - Boys Must Move
TAPAC class

A call to boys who love to move! This fun outdoor class aims to get boys moving creatively. It introduces boys to a range of dance techniques including movement improvisation, contemporary dance and African dance styles...

The class is led by one of New Zealand's most experienced dance educators, Clare Battersby, who is joined by guest male professional dance tutors. 

Clare is inspired to get boys moving together creatively and intergenerationally, so they feel both motivated and inspired by their peers.

Similar classes for boys have proved extremely successful internationally. At The 2018 Child WDA International Dance Conference, international delegates praised the enthusiasm, creativity and dynamism of  the Adelaide Urban Activators intergenerational boys dance group.

“Urban Activators provides an excellent service to our community by creating an environment where young boys and young men feel comfortable and challenged to participate in dance and creative expression.”

 Susan R. Koff, Ed.D., Director Dance Education Program, NYU Steinhard


Students must book online prior to attending, for health and safety reasons, drop-ins are not permitted.

Location: These classes will take place in an open air field behind Studio 2 at TAPAC. Please note that TAPAC is not open under the current Alert Level so TAPAC facilities (including toilets) will not be accessible. The neighbouring school (Western Springs College) will also be out of bounds for health and safety reasons.

We recommend you bring:

  • A yoga mat or waterproof picnic blanket for floor work and protection if the ground is slightly damp/cold etc.
  • Shoes/socks (optional – there are some grass prickles here and there)
  • Mask use recommended
  • 2-metre physical distance adhered to

Weather Cancellations:

You will be notified by 8.30am (via email) the day of the class if the class cannot continue outdoors. In the event that a class cannot be held outdoors, the class will be delivered online instead and a Zoom link will be made available to you.

A maximum of 24 students and parents are permitted to attend this class. We recommend that a parent stays present during the class or is nearby.

Teaching artist

Clare Battersby TAPAC

Clare Battersby - Boys Must Move

Clare Battersby is one of New Zealand’s most experienced dance educators, and a treasured, long-term tutor at TAPAC. Claire has a Graduate Diploma in Movement & Dance from the University of Melbourne and has taught dance to young Aucklanders for over 25 years. She creates classes where dance skills are explored, developed and extended in a safe, creative and encouraging environment. Clare also creates and performs her own delightful outdoor events for children. “I love to encourage children to express their natural desire to leap for the stars, roll across the earth and run through empty spaces.” In 2014, Clare received a Kiwibank New Zealander of the year Local Hero award.