About Footnote New Zealand Dance

Footnote New Zealand Dance is Aotearoa’s longest-running contemporary dance company. The story of Footnote is the story of our artform in this country, with almost every notable New Zealand dancer and choreographer for over a generation having worked with Footnote during their careers. Founded by Deirdre Tarrant in 1985, Footnote is a national arts organisation that extensively tours dance works around Aotearoa and internationally: the company has performed in the United States, China, Germany, the UK, Belgium, Switzerland and France in recent years. Footnote is known for creating and commissioning bold new work by New Zealand artists.

As a registered charitable trust, Footnote New Zealand Dance is funded by Creative New Zealand under the Toi Uru Kahikatea programme, and also receives support from Wellington City Council, Wellington Community Trust, a family of individual givers or Supporters, and various other sponsorships which are much appreciated.

Footnote’s main touring seasons are supported by a range of programmes; Dance-in-Education; professional development workshops – Choreolab; studio performances with discussion – Studio Showings; performance in galleries – Watch This Space – Maatakitakihia Mai Tenei Waahi; and collaborations with other arts partners such as Te Papa, City Gallery Wellington and The Performance Arcade. Footnote involves and is supported by a large team of dance enthusiasts, all of whom are vital to the world of Footnote New Zealand Dance.

The company is headed by the Footnote Dance Trust Board and General Manager Richard Aindow. They are supported by an Artistic Advisory Panel and an administration team made up of Artistic Liaison Anita Hunziker and Communications and Administration Manager Kerrin Burns.

Dancers

  • Tyler Carney

    Dancer

    Tyler was born and raised in Sydney. She graduated from the New Zealand School of Dance in 2015 where she...

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  • Joshua Faleatua

    Dancer

    ‘Fale’ is a University of Auckland dance graduate, born in Pleasant Point in South Canterbury and raised in South Auckland....

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  • Georgia Beechey-Gradwell

    Dancer

    Georgia was born in Island Bay, Wellington, and began dancing at the age of 6 in the Tarrant Dance Studios....

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  • Anu Khapung

    Dancer

    Anu was born in Nepal and moved to New Zealand when she was young. She kick-started her contemporary dance career...

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  • Adam Naughton

    Dancer

    Adam started jazz, tap and capoeira at the age of six, with Boyzdance at ‘the dance studio’ in Auckland. He...

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Management

Board

  • Frank Freemantle – Chair

    Board Member

    Frank has enjoyed an active life-long involvement in the sustainability and governance of community, cultural and sports organisations through trustee,...

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  • Tom Horder

    Board Member

    Tom has had an active engagement in range of disciplines within Wellington’s arts sector  for over a decade as an...

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  • Sarah George

    Board Member

    A graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance, Sarah performed lead roles with the Royal New Zealand Ballet and...

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  • John Ong

    Board Member

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  • Christine Pearce

    Board Member

    A graduate of London’s prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Christine taught piano at the University of Louisville, Kentucky...

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  • Roger Marwick

    Board Member

    Roger is a marketing and communications professional with 25 years experience covering both the public and private sectors. Earlier he...

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Artistic Advisory Panel

  • Claire O’Neil

    Artistic Advisory Panel Member

    Claire O’Neil is a dance maker, researcher, educator and performing artist with a Masters in Dance from the University of...

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  • Ross McCormack

    Artistic Advisory Panel Member

    Ross McCormack is one of New Zealand’s leading next generation performance makers. His extensive career includes ten years performing with...

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  • Chris Jannides

    Artistic Advisory Panel Member

    Chris Jannides (PhD) was the founder of the pioneering NZ dance company, Limbs. Chris then went on to create a second...

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