SeniorsDANCE started in 2011. It is managed  by Susan Jordan, and taught by professional dance teachers.

SeniorsDANCE

  • is an enjoyable way to stay active using easy to learn movement based on contemporary dance
  • it builds balance and coordination, keeps joints mobile and strengthens muscle and addresses physical, mental and social wellbeing.

There are five classes available in the Auckland area (see CLASSES page) taught by the following teachers.

Teachers

Susan Jordan’s dance career spans five decades as performer, choreographer, academic, teacher, writer and arts manager. With Jordan & Present Co she choreographed 12 major works funded by Creative NZ and many commissions. She founded Dance Studies at University of Auckland and established the DANZ (Dance Aotearoa New Zealand) Tamaki office.  Her current focus is managing SeniorsDANCE, teaching and choreographing for the SeniorsDANCE Company. She has an MA in dance from American University DC and is an elder of the New Zealand dance community. Susan teaches the Mt Albert class on Mondays.

Sue MacRae is delighted to be a teacher supporting the philosophy of SeniorsDANCE. Following her career as a dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Sue established her own dance school and choreographed numerous community events. Her strong interest in children and education motivated her to become a primary school teacher with a focus on dance in education. Sue has a Masters of Creative and Performing Arts (Dance) and now, as a retiree, she is very enthusiastic about supporting and encouraging seniors to enjoy the opportunity to enhance their lives through dance. Sue teaches the Remuera class on Thursdays and New Lynn on Fridays.


Susanne Dell dancing and movement is a way of life for Susanne and she has been a tap and jazz teacher for many years. As well as still teaching tap and SeniorsDANCE. Susanne also teaches musical theatre and tap/movement for students ranging in age from 3 to ‘over 65 years’. She has acted, danced, directed and choreographed throughout Auckland and is now the co-owner of Children’s Musical Theatre Studio based on East Auckland.  Susanne is a firm believer that movement and activity is the key to life and that ‘age is not a constraint’,  it is ‘an opportunity’. Susanne will be teaching the new class in East Tamaki on Wednesdays.

 

Steev Laufilitoga Maka is a master dance artist with over a quarter of a century’s experience within the professional Pacific region arts and culture sectors. Last year he was the Pacific Dance Artist in Residence at Te Oro and now initiates dance classes for the local elders in Glen Innes on Tuesdays. Steev is supported by Te Oro and Pacific Dance New Zealand. Classes will resume in the 2nd term.

 

Testimonials

SeniorsDANCE contributes to my physical and mental wellbeing. It is an enjoyable way for me to keep fit and it allows me to tap into my own creativity. Jocelyn

 

I came to SeniorsDANCE to get more flexibility, but have also enjoyed the fun and companionship, moving to a variety of music, and creativity. I was concerned that I had no previous dance experience except for some folk dancing, but have felt welcome and accepted as part of the group. I am enjoying the challenge of learning and creating new dances.  It all keeps my mind and body active. Dick

 

I really enjoy being part of the SeniorsDANCE. Working together with like-minded people and an excellent teacher to create dance has made me more aware of my body and improved my fitness both physically and mentally. Liz

 

I thoroughly enjoy our SeniorsDANCE sessions. We do exercises for the whole body and feel really good at the end of a session. The brain gym exercises are great fun. Susan makes each session interesting by changing the exercises each week throughout the year. Gillian

 



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