Back by popular demand and in its 7th successive year, this intensive school held at Q Theatre over two weeks in January 2018 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 2017
Taane was first introduced to dance as a child through Kapa Haka and has been performing for most of his life. At the age of 15 Dupree Jazz initiated his pathway to begin formal training. After graduating with honors from The New Zealand School of Dance in 1988 he has successfully continued his career working with The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Black Grace Dance Company, Douglas Wright Dance Company and Michael Parmenter’s Commotion Dance Company to name a few.
In 2007 Taane Mete and Taiaroa Royal formed Okareka Dance Company with the vision of fusing tradition and cultural beliefs into their work. Okareka have been fortunate to showcase their work in New Zealand, America, China, London, Edinburgh, Holland, Australia and New Caledonia. In 2008 Taane graduated from the Leadership New Zealand Program and continues to advocate dance by engaging with youth and inspiring the next generation of dancers.
Mete commits to a daily yoga practice and is into his first year as a yoga teacher. Wanderlust/Taupo 2016 was his first appearance as a yoga teacher/dance tutor and performer.
Taane returned to the Banff Centre as a tutor/choreographer for this year’s Indigenous Dance Residency 2016.
Ian RT Colless
Ian RT Colless is the Artistic Director of international arts entity, Untitled|Collective since 2008. He is regarded as one of Australia’s most innovative early career choreographers. Ian is the great, great, great grandson of Billy Lynch (“who knew Katoomba before there was a building on it”) and the grandson of the late Aunty Dawn Colless. A mixture of Aboriginal and Irish heritages, he is a descendent of the Dharabuladh (Therabluat) clan of the Gundungurra Nation that encompasses the Blue Mountains (Australia) region where he was raised – a site now listed as a World Heritage Area by UNESCO.
Currently working at the NAISDA Dance College, Sydney Dance Company Pre-Professional Year & The University of Technology Sydney and Arts NSW. Ian sits on the Australia Community Committee (NYC) and has been a member of assessment panels with state & national arts advisory bodies’.
Based in Sydney he has maintained strong links to his community in Australia while establishing an international career and profile conducting creative fieldwork in Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, Portugal, Uganda, France, Canada and USA.
While running the Untitled|Collective Ian has obtained funds from: the Canada Council for the Arts, the Australia Council for the Arts, The American Australian Association, the Australian Consulate (NYC), Broadway, La MaMa Moves (NYC), The Australian Embassy (DC), Summer Stage Central Park (NYC), National Dance Week (NYC), Brisbane Festival (QLD), Ars Musica Australis, AusDance (NSW) & The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australia).
Since 2008, he has initiated the Collective’s domestic and global partnerships with: Gundungurra Aboriginal Heritage Association (NSW), Gundungurra Tribal Council (NSW), Blue Mountains Cultural Centre (NSW), Blue Mountains City Council (NSW), The Dame Joan Sutherland Centre of Performing Arts (NSW), Dirtyfeet (NSW), Aboriginal Centre of Performing Arts (QLD), Leigh Warren & Dancers (SA), Opera Queensland (QLD), Lara Kramer Danse (Montreal), Alberta Aboriginal Arts (Canada) and Insight Dance Company (NYC).
A graduate of Newtown High School of the Performing Arts; Ian holds a BFA in Dance from Queensland University of Technology, (Brisbane) and a BA Honors from Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts, (Perth). In 2012 he was awarded The Roberta Sykes Scholarship from the Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation to study at New York University (NYU) Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development where he earned his Masters in Dance Education.
In 2012 he became the first modern choreographer commissioned by the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, (NYC). Ian has worked for the Aboriginal Center for the Performing Arts (Brisbane), WAAPA Aboriginal Theater Course (Perth) & NYU. At NYU Ian completed an Independent Study & developed a personal ballet curriculum, through full-time study, coursework & participation with the American Ballet Theatre (America’s National Ballet Company) & observation of The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, NYC.
In 2013 he contacted field study in East Africa as part of NYU’s ‘Community Building Through Teaching, Creating, Performing: Dance Education in Uganda’. Having the rare opportunity to research, choreograph & worked with hundreds of orphans, traveling around East Africa, learning diverse dances, songs & teaching methods.
As a professional dancer he has worked with; Douglas Dunn & Dancers (NYC), Battery Dance Company (NYC), C. Eule Dance Company (NYC), Leigh Warren & Dancers (Australia) etc.
“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