Art, Dance, Drama and Music

Acting Up - free drama classes
Acting Up provides drama education and experiences to young people with special needs in Auckland. Click here to find out more.
Carabiner Mentoring
It is the vision of Carabiner to match young people aged between 17-24 years who demonstrate vision, passion and perseverance towards a specific goal with someone who has experience in the area that the young person is aspiring towards. This goal may be recreational, academic, social (gaining confidence) or in business. The mentor may or may not have a disability as the important link is the shared interest and the introduction to a new network that can support the young person with his or her dream. Visit
Cool Crew Hip Hop Group

Cool Crew is a hip-hop dance group for young people between 13 yrs and 18 yrs. Our aims are to foster socialisation and enjoyment of movement and dance for young people with special needs in West Auckland - and to facilitate performance opportunities. 

Workshops are held every Wednesday from 5pm-6pm at Zeal Recreation Centre in Henderson. For further information contact Jules at or on 0211451730 www.facebook/coolcrewnz 
Creative Abilities
Creative Abilities is a private company based on the North Shore with a dedicated group of people who work alongside people with physical and intellectual impairment. The Creative Abilities Leisure Centre on the North Shore offers a range of activities enabling everyone to have the opportunity to get involved. There is a timetable of activities covering swimming, sports, social Boccia, craft, computers, baking and more. Contact details on their website or call 09 444 0608.
Dance4Everyone provides specialist dance programmes to special schools, day centres and community groups in Auckland, New Zealand. The demand for their recreational dance classes has resulted in a rapid expansion across the Auckland region. They have a team of dedicated dance professionals providing a range of educational and recreational programmes in the wider Auckland area. For information about the Orakei dance class click here.
Dance and Movement Therapy
An integrative approach that enhances emotional and psychical self-awareness in a social and nurturing environment where self-confidence, empathy, respect and cooperation flourish as an integral part of the experience.

Dance and Movement Therapy is defined as the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual. Dance/movement therapy can foster creative self-expression, and provides safe and effective options for relating to others and coping with the environment” (ADTA, 2006). Click here to read more and here for the flyer.

Dance It classes with Natasha Sharp
Come and join the dance class Tuesday evenings 6.15 pm till 7.00 pm. Dance classes held at Elm Park School Hall, Gossamer Drive Pakuranga. All ages welcome, come and have some fun learning new dance moves.  Term fees will depend on length of term.  Call 021793018 or email 
Dance Therapy NZ 
Dance Therapy NZ offers a wide range of therapeutic services for children, young people, adults, and families.

DTNZ  Parent Workshop 2: Attuning to your Child
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Studio Room, YMCA North Shore, Akoranga Drive, Northcote, Auckland

DTNZ  Somatic, Dance and Trauma Playshop
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Dance 4 Us West
Dance 4 Us is a drop-in dance movement therapy programme for youth and adults with special needs, including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, and cognitive delays. Dance 4 Us offers participation in a fun and therapeutic dance movement group which will foster social connections and self-expression through creative and expressive activities.

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Location: Main Hall, Hubwest, 27 Corban Ave, Henderson

Arts 4 Us Specialty Group
Arts 4 Us at the Orakei Community Centre is an art therapy programme for school age children on the Autism Spectrum or with related disorders, such as ADHD or a developmental delay. The programme is designed to support social skills and emotional literacy through art making. This program combines the arts accessibility of our popular drop-in 'Arts 4 Us' programme, with the individualised therapeutic support and small group size of our 'STARS' programme.

For an initial free assessment to see if the Arts 4 Us Specialty Group is right for your child, please contact us:

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Location: Community Room, Orakei Community Centre

To find out more about their range of classes and locations please visit their website.
Dance workshops "HAPPY FEET"
Dance workshops are held by tutor, Kim Malone who is experienced in teaching dance to people with special needs. She will teach lots of varieties of dance, including basics of disco, hip-hop, jazz, tap and partner dance. There will also be a big emphasis on FUN! Workshops will be geared towards a performance at the end of the year.

Happy Feet is a non-profit group. Fees for term 2 (10 weekly workshops) are $60.00 which covers tutor fees and hire of the hall.

Do you think your young person might enjoy this group? Please contact Julie Ngawaka (Beau's mum & group manager) as soon as possible by on phone 837 3638 or 0211451730 if you have any questions.
Drama Group for Young Adults
An enthusiastic and dedicated group of 9 young people aged between 18-35 who take part in weekly workshops. The students have been developing self confidence and building interpersonal skills. The emphasis is on having fun so that everyone enjoys participating. In particular the group has been working on dramatizing stories and myths. Venue is the Greenlane Presbyterian Church, 2 - 3 pm Saturdays (during the school term.) Call Teresa Tuenter ph 8337248 or
Drum for Fun - Social Groups
Connecting with others through drumming, body percussion and rhythms.

Drum for Fun is an interactive group programme which provides young people with the opportunity to connect with peers and have fun. Drum for Fun uses drumming, rhythm and body percussion to support young people, with or without ASD, to develop emotional awareness and confidence in social interaction. Ages 10 plus.

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High Notes with Joseph: facilitated by Karis Knight
High Notes is a group of special needs adults who come from as far away Pukekohe through to Pakuranga, Manurewa and city suburbs to participate in a programme made up of songs, dancing and musical instruments. High Notes was started in 2011, due to an increase in numbers at our “Waiata with Joseph” classes, which teach the basic learning of Te Reo Mâori through waiata. We found it necessary to start another class concentrating more on the musical instruments; dance and movement for those that have limited mobility, and the songs I chose for the group are songs many of them remember from childhood.

Two sessions are currently running on Monday; 11.30 - 12.15 and 12.30 - 1.15 at the Onehunga Community Centre in the Yates Room.

"A music and movement class that engages those with physical, learning and intellectual disabilities. The class includes singing, dance, and instruments, in a high-energy, fun and interactive environment. This class requires interaction from participants and their caregivers"

The classes are generally high energy and require a lot of participation both from the individuals and the caregivers. The feedback from the caregivers is always positive and they often offer songs for the song book repertoire (more information)
Interacting Theatre
Interacting Theatre is a charity set up to provide drama therapy and opportunities for people with special needs to participate in theatre. Interacting Theatre's aims are to create an ensemble theatre group of people with a disability, to make a unique contribution to the cultural and creative life of the community, to educate the wider community about the lives and experiences of people with a disability and their families, to increase self confidence, independence and self advocacy of people with a disability  and to boost their active participation in community life and increase their visibility within the community.
PHAB has 16 clubs, three different age ranges, that meet weekly throughout greater Auckland. Phab is a constructive support network, they mentor and foster leadership among all their members. They have people, disabled and non-disabled, working together at every level of the organisation. For more information go to their website.
Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre
The Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre has now been in operation for over nine years. Over this time we have worked with hundreds of children and young people with special needs to make a significant and permanent difference in their lives. Several of the children we are working with have been coming to our Centre in Grey Lynn for several years, while others are able to access music therapy sessions via one of our Outreach programmes in the wider Auckland community.
In the middle of last year we extended our operating hours to include Saturday mornings and rearranged our weekly timetable to provide more flexibility in the choice of session times available, with the earliest commencing at 8.30am in the morning and the latest 4.30pm. We are also extending our afternoon hours on Thursdays to  5.30pm to enable more children and young people an opportunity to access music therapy at a time more convenient to their families.
This has allowed us to increase the number of music therapy sessions we can provide each day and reduce the number of clients and wait time on our waiting list. This means that we will have some music therapy sessions available now and are encouraging organizations and individuals who may know or care for a child with special needs to refer them to us.Please click here for the flyer which provides information on the children and young people we work with and where to find a referral form.

Carol White (Director), Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre. Ph: (0064) (0)9 360 0889
Rhythm for the Soul - inter-active music classes
Venue – Recreation Hall at the Wilson Home, 1 St Leonards Road, Takapuna
Date and time - Saturdays 1pm till 2pm.
Cost - $10 per person, siblings welcome (carers/parent free).
Sessions are limited to 20 people - booking is essential
Contact – Chewy - 0274 334 627 or
What the sessions involve:
Fun interactive music sessions that involves the use of world instruments such as drums, didgeridoo, shakers plus singing, dancing & games. Part of the session is a call and answer, everyone gets to play along and also lead the rest of the group. I bring my loop pedal and have songs that everyone helps to create (my version of New Zealand’s got talent!). The sessions will be tailored to meet the ability levels of the participants.
Self-Expression Group: The Dancing Soul (for children)
Awareness, self-expression and self-regulation of emotions through the use of Creative Movement. A comprehensive approach which integrates contributions from Mindfulness, Psychology (Emotional Intelligence) and Dance Therapy.

Facilitated by Valeria Pierobon, MA in Psychology and Dance Therapist Intern (DTAA Associate Member).
Click here for the brochure.
Mapaura Studios
Mapaura Studios is a creative space offering innovative art programmes for people of all abilities, with particular care given to ensuring those with diverse needs are provided for. The sessions provide a learning process in visual arts education especially orientated to the requirements and circumstances of our artists; they also promote and encourage self-development through the vehicle of creative expression.
StarJam offers young people with disabilities the opportunity to stand proudly in the performance spotlight. Workshops are held each week during school term evenings in singing, dance, guitar and hand drumming and are open to young people up to the age of 25. Each workshop has a passionate tutor and a dedicated volunteer (volly). There is no joining fee although a donation per term is appreciated. Visit  

There are spaces available in our Belmont and Manurewa singing workshops now! Our workshops are a great place to have fun, make new friends and experience the belief that anything is possible! Want to find out more? email: or call 09 300 6257. Click here for their poster.
Tap dance classes with Kim Malone
Tap classes are at Te Atatu Intermediate, Harbourview Road, Te Atatu Peninsula. Wednesday nights 7.15pm for tap dance classes for adults. The cost is $6 a class and $36 for a block course for 6 weeks. You can start anytime. Call 021 022 77 025 or email
Touch Compass
Touch Compass is a mixed ability dance company based in Auckland.Touch Compass is New Zealand’s only professional integrated contemporary dance company. Performances include dancers with and without disability. A Creative New Zealand Recurrently Funded Arts Organisation, the company has won national and international acclaim for its ground-breaking performances.

Visit or click here for information on Touch Compass Community Dance Classes.
UBU Playgroup: For Our Kids With a Difference
We're encouraging parents and caregivers to come along, connect and support one another at our new pre-schoolers playgroup, with a focus on our children with extra needs. The group runs every Monday at the Grey Lynn Community Centre. Ph: 378 4908 for more information. 
Flyer (PDF)»
YES – Disability Resource Centre
Voyager - youth leadership training for people with disabilities.

The YES Disability Resource Centre provides community-based resources and services to disabled people, the elderly, family / whanau, support people and health professionals – where people with disabilities are represented in governance, planning and staffing, modelling the New Zealand Disability Strategy. The Voyager program will provide opportunities for young people with disabilities to further develop their leadership capacity and capability. Through embracing personal learning style, goals, and processes. Voyager will enable access to leadership development plans and regular workshops that enable individuals to move from a receiver of services, to being of service.

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09 527 0060
Monday - Friday: 9.30am - 2.30pm
Level 3, 45 Mt Wellington Highway
Mount Wellington