In July, NZSD graduate Luke Hanna will tutor young Māori and Pacific Island men in the School’s Tū Move programme.

A dancer and choreographer, Luke’s career has taken him round the world. He has worked with leading companies such as Black Grace, Australian Dance Theatre and Dancenorth. Now Wellington based, Luke choreographed his own work for the 2014 Fringe NZ festival, fusing elements of Māori art and contemporary dance.

Keen to share his enjoyment of movement with younger dancers, Luke says; “I’m passionate about the Tū Move workshop because it encourages young males to find a different way of being physical. Growing up as a male interested in dance, I found it was not something easily accepted in the community, and I’m here to shed some light on that reality.”

Tū Move runs for three days in the July school holidays at the New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington.

“I’m excited to have some fun and work up a storm.” says Luke.

Luke Hanna on Video

Luke Hanna: Contemporary Dancer, filmed for Radio New Zealand’s The Wireless

Video produced by Jeremy Brick, extra footage by Jason Wright

Photo: Luke  Hanna, photographed by Stephen A’Court