After graduating from The New Zealand School of Dance in 2015, Laura has worked with House of Sand, Java Dance Theatre, Footnote New Zealand Dance and Malia Johnston’s Movement of the Human. Laura was a founding member of table torque and presented ‘Lost Property’, a dance theatre work for the New Zealand Fringe Festival in 2019. Laura’s movement style is fluid and expansive, exploring what the body and space has on offer. She is interested in building awareness and connection through movement, integrating mind, body and space. A mixture of basic technique, improvisation and more complex movement combinations make up a class. Laura draws inspiration from her experience with dance and ideas from yoga and Alexander Technique. Most importantly, Laura loves sharing dance with others. Classes thrive off the exchange of information and energy created from moving together.
Kat always wanted to dance but never got round to it – she took her first formal dance class in her early thirties and there’s been no stopping her since. Starting out in beginner ballet classes with Jun (Vivencio) Samblaceno, she quickly moved onto contemporary classes in an earlier incarnation of Human Dance before it became what it is today. Since then doors just keep on opening: she has performed in Sylvain Émard’s Le Grand Continental a mass choreographic project for the opening of the NZ International Festival of the Arts 2016, then again as part of the movement chorus in Michael Parmenter/NZDC’s OrphEus: A Dance Opera for the Festival in 2018. In 2020, she started coordinating a project for Human Dance students with Footnote New Zealand Dance for CubaDupa (until Covid-19 scuppered those plans!). Kat is a passionate believer in contemporary dance being open to all adult humans, regardless of their background or ability. Through her work with Human Dance as coordinator, communicator and instigator, Kat hopes to make dance happen for others just like her.
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Italian-born Vero studied ballet and folk dance in Italy and later discovered the wide world of contemporary dance. She graduated from the London Contemporary Dance School (UK) and joined the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance programme (Israel) in 2011. She lived between Berlin and Italy for a while before arriving in New Zealand in 2014. Vero has immersed herself in the Wellington dance scene where she has performed for Footnote New Zealand Dance (ChoreoCo), WOW, House of Sand, Movement Of The Human, Java Dance Theatre and has collaborated with many other inspiring artists, theatre and movie directors. She also directed dance theatre show, "Who Is Coming For Dinner", performed at BATS for the 2019 Fringe Festival. Vero is a certified yoga teacher and a Gliding Space(Unity Space) facilitator. She uses her experience in diverse dance techniques, Eastern practices and different art platforms and media, to work and play with awareness of the body, space and time to keep the practice open to evolving. She has an understanding of body-mind connection through varied approaches, inputs and exploration. Vero’s class staples are body sensation, mindfulness, opening, letting go and having fun together allowing her students to discover and enjoy their own personal self-expression. Her practice integrates principles of yoga, qi gong, floorwork, release and improvisation technique. Dance phrases are inspired by visualising images, relationships, situations or scenes from everyday life. Vero focuses on energy, finding presence, playfulness, and the connection with people and their surroundings. She loves exploring intention behind action.
Dario was born in Rome, Italy and started dancing at the age of 19. After graduating in Clinical Psychology in Rome, he decided to change path and dedicate his life to dance. He went on to study contemporary dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. Here he had the opportunity to study with some of the UK’s best teachers and began shaping his own personal approach to movement. He graduated in 2015 and performed at many prestigious venues including The Roundhouse, The Royal Opera House and The Hippodrome. More recently Dario has travelled for 8 months across India and South-East Asia to explore new cultures and forms of art. He completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training course in Rishikesh, the world capital of yoga. Dario's class is shaped around floorwork, release and somatic practices, with the aim of finding efficiency in movement patterns and deepening the way we listen to our bodies when we move. Through the exploration of anatomical structures and their relationship with gravity, the body will be supported in its journey through space whilst playing with momentum, dynamics and weight. More importantly his classes are about having fun!
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Chloe completed professional training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance (UK) and a Masters in Dance at the University of Chichester whilst performing as a member of the postgraduate company, Mapdance. Chloe has performed with companies including Cscape Dance Company, Kansaze Dance Theatre and Wide Eyed Theatre, as well as creating her own works for The Brighton Fringe Festival and Drunken Nights (produced by Drunken Chorus). Chloe is passionate about community dance and has previously taught for South East Dance (UK), The Create Trust (India) and Footnote New Zealand Dance. Chloe’s classes are playful and inclusive, using creative movement to explore irregular rhythms and dynamics whilst remaining grounded in alignment principles informed by her yoga teacher training. Chloe moved to New Zealand in 2017 and works as a Dance Educator for Royal New Zealand Ballet. Outside of dance, Chloe teaches regular yoga classes at AWHI Yoga and Wellbeing.
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