SeniorsDANCE started in 2011. It is managed by Susan Jordan, and taught by professional dance teachers.
“A highlight of my week is to attend my Senior Dance class with people who know you are never too old to learn how to dance. There is always variety, challenge and a great deal of fun.”
Susan Jordan’s dance career spans five decades as performer, choreographer, academic, teacher, writer and arts manager. With Jordan & Present Co she choreographed 12 major works funded by Creative NZ and many commissions. She founded Dance Studies at University of Auckland and established the DANZ (Dance Aotearoa New Zealand) Tamaki office. Her current focus is managing SeniorsDANCE, teaching and choreographing for the SeniorsDANCE Company. She has an MA in dance from American University DC and is an elder of the New Zealand dance community. Susan has been awarded a QSM in the 2024 New Year Honours.
Susan teaches the Mt Albert class on Mondays.
“Since I have been coming to dance my balance has stabilised and I feel safer mobilising. I have a new burst of energy! Even my granddaughter has commented! Dancing with Christina and the group of friendly ladies certainly gives a feeling of well being!”
Christina Houghton is a professional choreographer and performance artist that has worked over the past 20 years in Ōtepoti/Dunedin, London & Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland performing in festivals at the Lilian Baylis Theatre (London) and The Place Theatre in (London) as well as TEMPO dance (Q Theatre) and Experimental Dance Week Aotearoa (Basement Theatre). She works across academic, arts and dance sectors and has taught creative dance to children and adults, contemporary dance and improvisation. She is currently completing a Dance Movement Therapy Diploma. She lives locally in Waiatarua and is passionate about activating the west Auckland area and connecting to its history. She has a PhD in choreography, art and design.
Christina teaches the Henderson class on Wednesdays.
“There’s a huge variety of music and dance used to develop our own creativity and maintain strength and flexibility as our bodies change with age. We are challenged to celebrate ageing and we love it!”