Chappell Catherine


Contemporary dance / Artistic Director

Catherine founded Touch Compass in 1997 and is known for her pioneering work in both Integrated Dance and Contact Improvisation in New Zealand. Catherine is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, Watsu practitioner and artistic director for the company. She was recently awarded a Creative New Zealand Choreographic Fellowship to research bungee dance.

Catherine has danced with LIMBS Dance Company (1986-88) and while in Europe performed with dance/theatre company Vivienne Newport, Germany (1988-89) performing in Germany and Italy. She has been with the faculty of UNITEC, School of Performing & Screen Arts, since 1991 and is a guest tutor at the New Zealand School of Dance and the University of Otago School of Physical Education. In 1996 Catherine trained in mixed ability dance with Alito Alessi at the first DanceAbility International Teacher Training in Eugene Oregon.

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