Back by popular demand and in its 8th successive year, this intensive school held in Auckland over one week includes a full range of classes from contemporary technique, classical technique, partnering, improvisation and composition. Come open the door to your dreams, find your hidden talent and live the life of a professional dancer. Led by highly skilled tutors from here in Aotearoa.
SUMMER SCHOOL 2019
Bianca Hyslop (Te Arawa, Ngati Whakaue) was born in Auckland, New Zealand. In 2009 she completed a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts. She has since made her mark in the ﬁeld of Contemporary Dance gracing the national and international stage with Okareka Dance Company, Atamira Dance Company, Movement of the Human, Tawata Production’s and The World of Wearable Arts. Her choreographic work includes being the recipient of the first DANZ Māori Choreolab and choreographing on The New Zealand Dance Company, Tempo 2016.
Bianca was the 2013 recipient of the esteemed Eileen May Norris Dance Scholarship, a grant that recognises outstanding dance talent in the country. Receiving this has enabled Bianca to continue the momentum she has built by opening opportunity to travel internationally as part of her on-going development as a dancer, performance artist, collaborator, teacher and choreographer.
Career Highlights include: Mana Wahine with Okareka Dance Company, performing in Atamira’s 2012 Kaha tour to the Pacific Arts Festival in the Solomon Islands, 2013 tour to the Asia Pacific Dance Festival (Honolulu); The San Francisco International Arts Festival and the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts. 2015 Atamira’s full length work Moko touring to The Beijing Dance Festival and The Chang Mu Dance Festival, Seoul.
Other career highlight’s include dancing at ‘All the World’s Futures’ Venice La Biennale 2015, participating in The Indigenous Dance Forum, Jack Gray New York Univerisity, 2016 and the Indigenous Dance Residency, The Banff Centre 2016.
Nancy is an independent Choreographer and Dancer based in Auckland. A graduate from the Unitec dance degree which led her to the realm of contemporary dance. She has been privileged to work for some of NZ and Australia’s most innovative and renowned dance companies/artists, which has led her career to many exciting locations around the globe as well as connecting her to a wealth of professional experience. Some highlights include Mana Wahine for Okareka, performing at the prestigious Jacobs pillow with Atamira dance company, Douglas Wright’s rapt in Holland and the selection of her choreography ‘Paarua – Double contact’ in a programme Kaha (Atamira dance co.) that toured to Hawaii and North America.
Adam has been a professional Actor/Singer and live drag performer all over New Zealand for over 6 years. Having completed training in both Auckland and at Toi Whakaari (NZ Drama School) in Wellington, he has had numerous roles in TV and various theatre productions in and around Auckland since 2006. Known for his quixotic energy and engaging presence, he has the ability to hold an audience in the palm of his hand. He said of his performance in Okareka Dance Company’s K-Road Strip “The opportunity to be involved in such an amazingly creative project thrills me no end. This is a show of a lifetime and will excite, inspire and entertain – while exploring one of NZ’S most famous Rd’s. I Love It!!”
“Summer school was a place to explore dancing, creativity and performance. Not only was it the most fun I’ve had all summer, but it nurtured my love of dancing and opened a career pathway.”
Ana Olsen Ngatai – Student
“Okareka Summer School is an amazing experience for young dancers who are preparing to transition from school or private studios to full time professional training. The support and positivity on offer make the experience invaluable for young dancers and guest tutors alike.”
Brigitte Knight – Guest Tutor, 2015
“My husband and I were utterly blown a way that a show of that calibre could be put together in such a short amount of time. I will always feel blessed that my son had this opportunity to learn from the best.”
Vicky Blythe-Pope – Parent of student