ONLINE | NESIAN DANCE CLASS
How to join our Nesian Dance Class
Be prepared to learn about how women from across our region move. A high intensity 'Nesian' dance class designed for women to dance, laugh and learn. With movement drawn from different parts of the pacific, (Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia) this class focuses on developing strength and stamina.
Classes are taught by Julia Mageau from 'Sunameke Productions, '.
and is open to all levels of expertise.
"Our class is challenging in the best of ways... It moves your body, your mind, your heart and shifts the way you see yourself". - Julia
Pani | Season 4, 6 July - 2 August
focus - Cherish
A dance based in ori tahiti movement that cherishes the strength and resilience of women.
Attending the Ori Tahiti Training Courses from 2009 to 2014 at the Conservatoire artistique de la Polynésie française Te Fare Upa Rau in Papeete, Tahiti was life changing in the best of ways.
Achieving level six was one of the most challenging dance journeys and learning under Mamie Louise Kimitete and the many 'mana' full women at Te Fare Upa Rau was an absolute honour and privilege. So thankful to have heard, seen and felt the passion for Tahitian culture. Today I share the strength in being a woman that I came to appreciate whilst learning Ori Tahiti.
Cherish started forming as a feeling after my third visit to the Conservatoire artistique de la Polynésie française Te Fare Upa Rau in 2011. I had just completed my level 3 exam and was accompanied by the Sonter sisters (founding members of Sunameke). This trip was a true out of our comfort zone challenge. We all passed.
The level three exam was now in hindsight like all the exams, extremely challenging, though it gave me a sense of accomplishment and appreciation for myself that I had not felt in years of living in Australia.
After leaving Tahiti and returning to Australia one could see the lack of love women had for their bodies and the judgement and expectations placed upon them to be something that is not what we are in a system not designed for us.
The more I continued to explore Ori Tahiti the more I made connections with the self acceptance and body appreciation that I had grown up with in Papua New Guinea.
I finally choreographed the dance Cherish in 2013 after achieving level 5 to reflect that feeling of truly loving the body that holds me.
Four Classes Every Week
The classes each week will be LIVESTREAMED here on sunameke.com.
Class will also be available for those that use Zoom.
Other short videos
and imagery will be uploaded on sunameke class access page to help with learning the dance
and its cultural background and intention.
Pay for the course via PayPal or DD
Each season fee is NZD$65.
Payment for seasons will be due in the first week of each season.
Season 2 Payment due by 7 June 2020
and can be paid direct deposit to
New Zealand -
NAME: J M Gray
NAME: GRAY JULIA MAGEAU
Or Via paypal
Check the sunameke livestream,
or join me via zoom on:
Tuesday, 10am - 11am
Thursday, 10am - 11am
Friday, 10am - 11am
Sunday, 10am - 11am
(NZ - GMT+12)
JULIA MAGE'AU GRAY
BORN 1973, PORT MORESBY, CENTRAL PROVINCE, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
LIVES AND WORKS IN AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
Julia Mage'au Gray is a dancer, choreographer, skin marker (tattooist), photographer and film-maker who is interested in exploring her Papuan and Mekeo heritage within an urban Australian and New Zealand context. Her performances frequently combine dance with evocative video narratives. Now based in Auckland, Gray co- founded the performance group Sunameke in 1997. Dress or adornment, including the marking of the body with tatu (tattoo), is often of particular significance in her performances and films.