Atamira Dance Company
Akonga | Education
Kori Pūrākau
Kori Pūrākau is a biannual workshop programme introducing students to basic choreographic processes that explore telling a story through dance and movement.
Ideal for students from Year 1 to 8, it derives inspiration from Pou Kapua or Cloud Pillar, Due Drop Event Centre’s stunning 21-metre carving which narrates the Māori myth of the great chieftain Kupe, the creation stories of Ranginui and Papatūānuku and the legend of Maui.

In collaboration with Due Drop Event Centre for South Auckland Schools.
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Kanohi ki te kanohi | In person workshops
Connecting to students face to face, this programme encompasses either technique, repertoire, performance and/or choreography from current and past Atamira works, delivered by current Atamira dancers. Based on kaupapa Māori principles, these workshops utilise dance mythology as a way to understand and develop movement skills in alignment with the NZ curriculum in coordination with the needs of your tauira.
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Facilitated by Atamira dancers, this in person workshop offers a unique opportunity for students to explore ideas through movement, dance and storytelling while learning about Atamira's celebrated 22-year dance whakapapa of choreographic repertoire.
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Grounded in tikanga practices, we can tailor the workshop to your class kaupapa.

Best suited for school years 9-13
Topa Mai | Zoom In
Atamira's online workshops offer a unique opportunity to experience and learn from the company’s celebrated 22-year dance whakapapa of choreographic repertoire. Students will journey into the world of Atamira's 21st year work Te Wheke, past repertoire and choreographic devices exploring ideas through movement, dance and storytelling.
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Zoom Atamira Dance Company into your akomanga or whare to experience Atamira's dance whakapapa and the strengths of indigenous-inspired thinking. Facilitated by two Atamira dance artists, TOPA MAI expands students’ exposure to Mātauranga Māori concepts and creative dance practice via digital engagement with Aotearoa’s leading Māori contemporary dance company.

Dive into Te Wheke (years 7-10) or Dance Upon the Atamira (years 11-13)
Haka Toi Aotearoa | Unitec Dance
At the beginning of 2023, Atamira partnered with Unitec Dance to deliver and facilitate their course HAKA TOI AOTEAROA which encompasses weekly classes throughout the year.

Facilitated by a range of Atamira practitioners, the tauira gain an overview of Te Ao Māori and engage with contemporary indigenous thinking and knowledge to give insight for performance or within Māori space.
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2023 concludes with the Unitec Dance Showcase at Te Pou Theatre. Kasina Campbell (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa) & Abbie Rogers (Kāi Tahu, Te Arawa) close the show with ‘Tipuranga’ a reflection of whānaungatanga, understanding and embodiment.

Haka Toi Aotearoa was managed and coordinated by Atamira Education Leader Abbie Rogers.