Footnote Dance is unique within New Zealand – a full-time contemporary dance company offering security and sustainable professional career development and opportunities in dance, dedicated to bringing an appreciation and enthusiasm for the art of movement to the widest possible audience.
Footnote Dance has the most extensive New Zealand repertoire of any dance company. It has served as a platform for the expression of choreographers such as Jeremy Nelson, Raewyn Hill, Michael Parmenter and Shona McCullagh. It has represented New Zealand in festivals in Australia and Korea.
Since 1985, the company has toured New Zealand each year, visiting large cities and small rural towns, performing and holding workshops in schools, and presenting professional performances of contemporary New Zealand dance.
Footnote Dance is the brainchild of Deirdre Tarrant. Her vision was to create a force for encouraging young people to participate and develop their confidence and life skills through the medium of dance. Her unique education choreographies have formed the base of the Footnote Dance repertoire.
Footnote Dance is in the unique position of being at the forefront of developments in the educational curriculum and in touch with youth culture. Its dancers have become role models for students all over the country. They delight them with performances combining athleticism and grace. In workshops Footnote Dance lead students to refine and develop skills and focus on excellent performance experiences.
Footnote Dance is governed by a Board of Trustees – all with a passion for the company, enthusiasm for dance and a range of skills and experience to support Deirdre and Manager Carey McDonald in managing the demands of a full-time professional arts organisation.
Footnote Dance gratefully acknowledges major funding support from Creative New Zealand.