Dance Studies

Alaina Muriwai-Te Rore is a Master of Dance Studies student and Bachelor of Dance Studies (Honours) graduate.

My postgraduate experience

“I was tossing up between the University of Auckland and another institution, but what helped me make my final choice was the audition process. The space and the vibe were so welcoming and relaxed, and it gave me a sense of whānau. This became very important for me as I was moving from my hometown in Whangārei and I didn’t know anyone from my faculty.”

“Dance has been a huge part of my life since a very young age. I was determined to keep it in my life and make a career from doing what I love.”

“The highlights from studying here are the people and the relationships I have made. Being in a small department has meant that the lecturers know you by name and are able to watch you grow and evolve throughout your degree. These relationships are something that I value and maintain as I continue on through my masters and into my career as a dance practitioner.

“I am currently working as the Tuākana Coordinator for the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries. This involves working with and providing support and opportunities for our Māori and Pacific students as they complete their study with us.

“Long-term, I would like to continue to work with Māori and Pacific youth, but focusing more on secondary schools. My goal is to run choreographic workshops with Māori and Pacific dance practitioners and visit high schools in smaller towns in Aotearoa where the opportunity for dance is less available.”

Alaina (Ngāpuhi, Te Roroa) is a recipient of the Summer Research Scholarship.

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