Run by Pacific Dance New Zealand, these free classes are for girls and boys aged 5-13 to learn more about the dances, customs and ceremonies of the Pacific. These classes offer valuable contact with students cultural heritage, boost the confidence of the children and instills a sense of pride in their culture.
“It has benefited our children by connecting and learning more about their culture. It has grown their self-confidence and sense of identity”
“It has helped her learn more about her culture and heritage and to understand her grandparents and how they lived”
“She’s gained confidence in Samoan language, dance, meeting new friends and being in a new environment. It’s very important that these classes are free, she wouldn't be able to do them otherwise”
Children will learn to work together and appreciate cultural dance forms of the Pacific such as Siva Samoa. They will also learn costume-making skills and ceremonial tasks such as the 'ava’ ceremony.
Lead Tutor Cilla Brown is an experienced Samoan dance teacher and costume-maker. Classes also feature special guest instructors in Tongan, Cook Islands and Hawaiian dance.
Classes are for children aged 5-13 years, but exceptions can be made for older youth.
All children are required to have a lavalava (sarong) for class.
Please register using the form above.
These classes are made possible thanks to Lottery Funding