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About WIDance

Four dancers on a dimly lit stage imitating a train platform. Centre stage dancer is seated in wheelchair while others stand in the background.

WIDance is a collective organisation in Aotearoa which provides community dance classes, workshops and performance opportunities in the Wellington region for people of all ages and abilities.

Our classes provide a safe, inclusive, fun environment in which each participant is enabled and encouraged to reach their full potential, through developing skills in contemporary dance technique, improvisation, and composition.
The positive effects of dance are far reaching; socially, physically and creatively. We have seen the development of some wonderful relationships between participants, and an increase in expressiveness and creativity in all.

WIDance works towards changing society's perceptions about who can dance and what dance is, by providing dance training and performance opportunities for people with and without disabilities.

Our History

5 dancers in a small studio practice their moves, one in a wheelchair, four standing.

The collective grew from a seed planted by Touch Compass, currently New Zealand's only professional inclusive dance company. Touch Compass ran yearly inclusive workshops, starting in 2007. The attendance at these workshops showed a real desire and need for inclusive dance in the Wellington region and WIDance was formed initially under their umbrella.

By 2010 WIDance was established as an independent organisation and continues to provide dance opportunities by holding 6-week blocks of classes each term, and various workshop and performance events each year.

"I love the deep trust & respect WIDancers have for each other. " 
- Daphne, WIDancer and Trust Chairperson

 
Our Funders
Wellington Creative Communities
MCH
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LottoNZ logo
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