About Footnote New Zealand Dance

Footnote New Zealand Dance is a significant part of the dance experience for thousands of Kiwis. Over the past 30 years, Footnote has presented the fluid energy of dance as a real reflection of our New Zealand identity in the theatre, in schools and in the community. 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, The Lion Foundation, a family of individual givers or Devotees, and various other sponsorships which are much appreciated.

New Zealand is a physical nation and we pride ourselves on our ‘go out and make it happen’ attitude. Deirdre Tarrant – Founding Director and current Artistic Advisory Panel Member for the company – has made a unique reality happen. Footnote has at its heart her determination to create a secure, sustainable professional company of excellent dancers who can respond to the innovation and ideas of contemporary choreographers wanting to communicate through the most universal art form – dance.

Footnote’s main touring seasons are supported by a range of ‘wrap’ programmes; Dance-in-Education; professional development workshops – Choreolab; studio performances with discussion – Perforum; performance in galleries – Watch This Space – Maatakitakihia Mai Tenei Waahi; and collaborations with other arts partners such as the Museum of Wellington City & Sea, Capital E, and the City Gallery Wellington. 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 Manger Richard Aindow. They are supported by an Artistic Advisory Panel and an administration team including Financial Officer Katie Mauger, Communications and Administration Manager Kerrin Burns and Artistic Liaison Anita Hunziker.

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

Artistic Advisory Panel

  • 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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  • Deirdre Tarrant

    Artistic Advisory Panel Member

    Deirdre founded Footnote Dance in 1985, and led it to become the national treasure of choreography and dance exploration it...

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