WIDance is a collective organisation which runs community dance classes and workshops in the Wellington region for people of all ages and abilities.
Our classes provide a safe, inclusive environment in which each participant is enabled and encouraged to reach their full potential, through developing skills in contemporary dance technique, improvisation, and composition.
Our classes are of great benefit to our participants both socially 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.
WIDance grew from a seed planted by umbrella Company 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.
WIDance was established in 2010 and continues to provide dance opportunities by holding 6-week blocks of classes each term, and various workshop and performance events each year.