Raisedinland Iose

Dance Education Assistant 

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Raisedinland Iose is 21 years of age and started his dance training at Manurewa High School in south Auckland. Here, he competed in mega-schools as a hip hop dancer, where he was taught by some of NZ’s most well-known hip hop pioneers such as Alister Salaivao from Prestige Dance Crew. During high school Rai had his first encounter with contemporary dance at a class delivered by The New Zealand Dance Company’s current dancer Chrissy Kokiri and instantly fell in love with the art form.

After his encounter with NZDC, Rai decided to pursue his contemporary dance training at Unitec and recently graduated with a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts, Majoring in Contemporary Dance. At Unitec, Rai trained in all aspects of contemporary dance technique as well as in ballet. Throughout his three years of full time study Rai had the privilege of learning under and dancing for Michael Parmenter, a pioneer of NZ contemporary dance and choreography, Nancy Wi-John, Kelly Nash, Tupua Tigafua and Josh Cesan.

Directly out of University, Rai received his first professional dance contract in the world premiere of Michael Parmenter’s OrphEus – a dance operaas as a part of the Movement Chorus. Following this, Rai had the privilege of being a tutor for NZDC’s 2018 Youth Autumn School and has since danced for Sean MacDonald and Lucy Marinkovich in this year’s season of Tāmaki Tour to Auckland schools with NZDC.