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Pacific Dance Artist in Residence 2011

Keneti Muaiava is a master dancer specialising in Samoan dance.
Keneti Muaiava has been announced as the Pacific Dance Artist in Residence for 2011. His project 'Past, Present and Future' is centred around the teaching of three distinct Samoan dance styles.


Pacific Dance New Zealand is proud to announce the successful applicant to the Pacific Dance Artist in Residence for 2011.

The Auckland-based residency is presented by Pacific Dance New Zealand in partnership with Auckland CouncilCreative New Zealand and DANZ (Dance Aotearoa New Zealand).

This exciting eight week dance residency is offered to an established New Zealand based dancer, dance choreographer or a director of Pacific Island descent with a proven track record of working in a community and or professional theatre context.

The successful applicant for 2011 is Keneti Muaiava.

Keneti is a master dancer specialising in Samoan dance. He is the co-founder for Vision Cultural Movement; an organisation that specialises in the maintenance of Samoan heritage arts & culture in Aotearoa.

Keneti was also the founder of Legacy Dance Company, a successful Samoan dance performance company which took Samoan dance into the limelight on television’s “New Zealand’s Got Talent” (2008).

Keneti has had 15 years of Pacific Dance teaching experience covering New Zealand promoting, developing and implementing a successful Pacific dance education programme and service into schools. He has taught at various tertiary institutions around the country and has also taught and choreographed winning performances in the ASBPolyfest

Keneti has an extensive personal performance CV and is currently the resident expert in Samoan traditional dance choreography at Auckland University’s Centre for Pacific Studies.

Keneti’s residency project is called “Past, Present and Future” and is centred around the teaching and development of three distinct Samoan dance styles whereby community dancers will have the opportunity to imbue themselves in the concepts and culture behind the movements while also exploring contextual elements making the dances both “authentic and relevant.”

Sefa Enari, director of Pacific Dance New Zealand, says he is very pleased with the calibre of applicants for the residency this year and is keenly excited to see what Keneti will produce.

The residency will be carried out in South Auckland for 8 weeks starting 4th June 2011 and will culminate in a public showing at Mangere’s Metro Theatre on Saturday 30th July.

For more information, please contact: Filoi Vaila’au at 09 3700487, email at, or media enquiries to:

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Written by

Pacific Dance New Zealand

10 May 2011

Interests Pacific Dance New Zealand fosters and encourages the development of the Pacific dance sector of New Zealand. We are involved in running dance workshops, conferences, community and professional events promoting Pacific dance in New Zealand.