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
Oiso | Season 3, 1 June - 28 June
focus - Lili
Learning two dances from East New Britain, Papua New Guinea and Tahiti. Working across two cultural ways of movement expressing the same story.
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.
This dance was taught to myself and my sister by our Tolai Aunties.
Tolai people are from East New Britain, Papua New Guinea. I was raised in Rabaul, ENB and upon moving to Darwin in Australia at the age of 10 was then still surrounded by the laughter and strength of my mothers Tolai friends that had relocated there. My sister and I were fortunate and privileged to learn many songs and dance from our Tolai Aunties. Lili was translated to us as women pointing out to a woman who is crying in the middle of the village. For us in Sunameke, Lili became a lament.
The classes each week will be LIVESTREAMED here on sunameke.com
and on Instagram.
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.
Four Classes Every Week
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
3 Check the sunameke livestream,
IG Live story or join me via zoom on:
Tuesday, 5pm - 6pm
Thursday, 5pm - 6pm
Friday, 11am - 12pm
Sunday, 11am - 12pm
(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.