"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
A 'Nesian' dance class designed for women to dance, laugh and learn.
With movement drawn from different parts of Oceania,
(Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia) this class focuses on
developing strength, stamina and self awareness.
Nesian Dance Class is an offering from Julia, sharing her many and diverse cultural dance experiences.
Wan Danis | 1 September - 1 December 2023
The 12 week season includes:
Monday Class at Mary Thomas Centre, 3 Gibbons Rd, Takapuna - 6:00 - 9pm (1 hr Class followed by rehearsal)
Thursday Class at Mary Thomas Centre, 3 Gibbons Rd, Takapuna - 6:00 - 9pm (1 hr Class followed by rehearsal)
Sunday Beach Class at Campbells Bay Beach, 9 - 10am
*The classes are designed for beginners to intermediate levels of dance experience.
Wan Danis65NZDValid for 3 months
- Monday & Thursday Classes @ Mary Thomas Centre
- Sunday Beach Class @ Campbells Bay Beach
- Access to previous online classes
- Online classes delivered weekly
*Nesian Dance Class (NDC) does not offer a return or refund policy on its NDC Seasons. The participant agrees & understands: That there may be risks associated with involvement in NDC & that these risks cannot be completely eliminated. That NDC does not accept responsibility for loss or damage to personal property & that any medical costs not covered by ACC or a community services card will be paid by you. To release the Owners from any/all liability for their death, personal injury, psychological trauma, & loss or damage to their property (including consequential loss) howsoever arising, from their presence or activities during NDC. Acknowledges that by paying for the season you agree to this disclaimer, the participant is waiving their rights & their rights of their dependents to sue the Owners for losses arising from or relating to personal injury, death, psychological trauma & any loss or damage to their property, (including consequential loss) suffered whilst participating in NDC.
Dance Video Challenge
Each season has a Dance Challenge.
This season we focus on Dances from Manus Islands
You have access to the music and dance online.
Send in a weekly video of your progress with the Dance Focus and get your critique and tips on how to improve from Julia.
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.
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.