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Kaikanikani / Dancers

Sean MacDonald (Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitane, Raukawa, Tuwharetoa)

Dancer, Choreographer

Sean has been part of the Aotearoa contemporary dance landscape for 30 years dancing with many of its dance makers and companies. His most recent appearances were for Borderline Arts Ensemble in the work “Strasbourg 1518”, his own choreography “Ngā Wai” for Atamira Dance Company and Tupua Tigafua’s work “Shel We” for Those Guys.

Eddie Elliott (Ngāti Maniapoto)

Dancer, Choreographer

A 2013 Performing and Screen Arts graduate of UNITEC, Elliott has worked with acclaimed dance companies in NZ including; Black Grace, Atamira, Okareka and The NZ Dance Company. He is also an associate artist for a first nation dance company in Canada. Also nominated for art awards throughout his career including the iconic R.M. P Arts Initiative and won him the 2014 “I Am Auckland Awards”. In 2015, James Cook High School named a recognition “Eddie Elliott Award for Outstanding Contribution to Dance” for students in his honour. Elliott’s reputation has been built on the success of cultural, highly accessible and relevant productions including the opening of the 150th Canada day in Canada, and the opening of the 2017 World Masters in alongside one of the most recognised Kapa Haka groups In the world - Te Waka Huia. Elliott also played a pivotal role in the launching of the inaugural “The Land In Which We Dance” programming, after his second year at Jacobs Pillow.

Abbie Rogers (Ngāi Tahu, Te Arawa)

Dancer, Education Leader (Kaitakitaki) and Marketing Co-ordinator

Abbie Rogers was born and raised in Ōtautahi before moving to Tāmaki Makaurau in 2016 to study contemporary dance at Unitec. After graduating in 2018 Abbie has worked as a dancer, stage manager, teacher/facilitator and assistant producer for various acclaimed artists. Including Atamira Dance Company, Ōkāreka Dance Company and Footnote NZ Dance’s ChoreoCo company. She has been working with Atamira since 2018 as a dancer on Tomo, Te Wheke and other development projects. She has entered into the position of Marketing and Production Coordinator for Atamira getting to work alongside AD Jack Gray and ED Marama Lloydd in a different capacity. Abbie has a passion for movement creation and connecting her Māoritanga with contemporary dance.

Brydie Colquhoun (Ngāpuhi)


Brydie is of Ngāpuhi descent, she was born and raised in Ahipara, Aotearoa. Since graduating the NZ school of dance in 2012, she has worked with many incredible NZ choreographers and companies.

Highlights of Brydie’s career include: Two, six week long North American tours with Black Grace dance company. Two premiere works in Australia and Singapore with Malia Johnson MOTH company. Creating, with acclaimed NZ choreographers during her two years at Footnote NZ dance company. Including performances throughout rural NZ centres, schools and prisons throughout NZ. Brydie premiered ‘Atamira’ choreographed by Kelly Nash. Brydie completed development/shows in 2019 and 2020 and 2021 for ’Ngā Wai’ choreographed by Sean McDonald. Brydie has worked with Malia Johnson on, Meremere, HuriHuri, Rushes and currently Belle a collaboration of circus and dance worlds. Brydie has danced in seven seasons of the world of wearable arts shows, and toured extensively throughout Aotearoa.

Cory-Toalei Roycroft (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Kahungūnu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kauwhata)


Tāmaki Makaurau based freelance dancer Cory-Toalei Roycroft graduated from Unitec, Performing Arts (Contemporary Dance) in 2017. Following this she has had the privilege of working with companies Ōkāreka dance company, performing in Hōkioi me te Vwōhali (2020) & Mana Wāhine (2021) and working with Atāmira Dance Company. She has worked both nationally and internationally, enjoying every challenge and experience of being a dancer specifically for Māori contemporary dance.

Emma Cosgrave (Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Whātua)


Emma Cosgrave is a Ngāti Pūkenga dancer, choreographer, and scholar based in Tāmaki Makaurau. She is a current company dancer with Atamira Dance Company. Emma has also performed with Footnote New Zealand Dance in collaboration with Guangdong Modern Dance Company (China), choreographed by Sarah Foster-Sproull, and Okareka Dance Company. She has worked with a range of choreographers and dance collectives such as Malia Johnson (Movement Of The Human), Carol Brown, Sarah Knox, Natalie Maria Clark, and Dance Plant Collective. Emma is a graduate of Dance Studies, University of Auckland (2017) and has completed her Honours (2018-2019) and Masters (2019-2020) in Dance.

Caleb Heke (Ngāpuhi)


Caleb is a Cookisland Maori contemporary artist, born and raised in New Zealand. He has spent most of his life in Auckland, growing and learning as a contemporary artist. He was first introduced to dance at the age of 17. Caleb has since graduated Unitec with a Bachelors in Contemporary Dance. Caleb has danced in a double bill show called Monotone Era with choreographers Jess Crompton and Carla Harre and danced in Jacob Reynolds new grad residency at Wellesley. Caleb is also very interested in further developing his own understanding of Tikanga Maori, an understanding that will help him find ownership of his own Maori Whakapapa.

Oli Mathiesen (Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi)


Oli is a queer Māori choreographer and dancer based in Tāmaki Makaurau (Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi). He is a recent graduate of Unitec, completing his bachelors in Performing & Screen Art – Contemporary Dance. Oli has worked with Michael Parmenter, Sarah Foster-Sproull, Jessie McCall, Chrissy Kokiri, and Auckland Theatre Company (ATC) and has recently joined Atamira Dance Company on project-based performances in preparation for Te Wheke. Oli presented a solo choreographic photography exhibition Still Solo in Tempo Dance Festival 2020. Oli in collaboration with Sharvon Mortimer and Bohao (Bruce) Feng received the ‘Judge’s Choice Award’ for their work FOSSE in Short+Sweet Dance Festival 2019.

Dana Moore-Mudgway (Te Atiawa, Rangitane, Ngāti Apa, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mutunga)


Dana Moore-Mudgway is a Māori contemporary artist born and raised in Ōtautahi now based in Tamaki Makaurau. In 2017 she studied with Hagley Dance Company for a year before completing her Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts majoring in Contemporary Dance.

She has taken classes from many different artists who have shaped her dance practice. She has a strong interest in collaboration and improvisation working with the likes of Jessie McCall, Tamsyn Russel/ Katie Burton, Kristian Larson, Sarah Foster-Sproull. Her recent works with Atamira include Rārangi Wā and a performance for Sculpture on the Gulf at Waiheke Island.