Moving Tāne

Moving Tāne is a 5-day workshop for young men from the ages of 14 - 24 that fuses contemporary dance technique, hip hop, the rigour of movement training and fitness.

Moving Tāne is a 5-day workshop for young men from the ages of 14 - 24 that fuses contemporary dance technique, hip hop, the rigour of movement training and fitness. It pairs this with a strong focus on coaching and mentoring, offering tools and support for young tāne to know themselves and succeed. Moving Tane is about stepping into physicality and team-work to test the boundaries of their capabilities.

Each day consists of a movement class, choreography, devising, reflections and shared kai.

No dance experience necessary. Get ready to move, sweat and grow in confidence.

"Knowing a little bit more about these things has taught me a great deal of awareness about how I act and how powerful it can influence someone positively." - Connor Massuers
"He offers motivation on a balanced level to ensure no participants become anxious or unambitious. The median that everyone sits in when working with him is empowering and inspiring just as much as it is daunting. Thus giving an immense sense of great achievement." - Toa Paranihi

What you can Expect:

  • understanding of positive physicality
  • skills in self-reflection and communication
  • knowledge of their own health and safety
  • knowledge of dance and the creative process
  • increased fitness and strength
  • skills in teamwork, collaboration and leadership
  • greater perseverance and knowledge of their capabilities

Further information for parents and funders

Young men play a key role in the safety and vitality of their communities. How they experience and explore physicality has a significant influence on their behaviours and how these will be expressed as adults. Moving Tāne is a week-long workshop that supports the growth of strong and healthy young men.

Applying the rigour and discipline of movement training, this week-long workshop brings fitness, contemporary dance technique, hip hop and mentoring together. The use of open and constructive communication develops skills, self- awareness and confidence.

Facilitated by internationally renowned male contemporary and hip hop dancers, participants’ gain an experience of what positive and constructive male physicality feels like.

This workshop can be tailored according to the needs of the attendees. It’s a 5-day workshop that can be run over a single week or over several weeks. It’s intended for young tāne between the ages of 14-24.

Meet our Facilitators

Braedyn Togi

Braedyn grew up in Papatoetoe and moved to Wellington as a teenager. Prior to his training at the New Zealand School of Dance he ran an Integrated Hip-hop crew JustDanceKrazy for 5 years, supporting them to present work at Te Papa, DANZ Week and Tempo Festival. Alongside training he taught at Pump Dance Studio, leading a young male Hip-hop crew, Kingdom (13-17y/o’s). His professional debut was in Tawata Production’s The Beautiful Ones, while still at NZSD.

Ooshcon Massuers

Ooshcon is an experimental Hip Hop movementartist of Pasifika origin, based in Aotearoa/NewZealand. He is an award-winning Hip-Hop theatre choreographer, a sought-out performer with experimental skill-sets in a range of Street Dance styles, as well as being an all-round Hip Hop Culture enthusiast.

Luke Hanna
Team Member

Dancer, choreographer, teacher & movement director. Since graduating New Zealand School of Dance in 2006 Luke’s toured internationally with acclaimed companies Black Grace, Dance North, and Australian Dance. Now Luke is based in Wellington and is focussed on creating his own work - thus the conception of the Brothers & Sisters Collective.

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