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Ko Taranaki te maunga.

Ko Waiongana te awa.

Ko Te Whānau a Apanui te iwi, engari I pakeke ake au i Taranaki.

Ko Sophie Sheaf-Morrison taku ingoa. 

Sophie grew up in Taranaki before she began pre-professional ballet training at the Alberta Ballet School in Canada, later returning to Aotearoa to graduate high school at the Chilton St James School in Lower Hutt.  She is currently in her second year as a Contemporary Dance Student with the New Zealand School of Dance.  Since returning home after the pandemic, she has started her endeavour to connect to her Māori whakapapa with Te Whānau ā Apanui, as well as learning and studying Te reo Māori. 

*Creating reviews as part of a project to mentor and encourage young Māori and Pacifica dance writers.

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Wellington, Auckland

08/03/2024 - 12/04/2024

"The dislocations of contemporary life..

"Questions identity and ties to land...

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The Butterfly Who Flew Into The Rave

Auckland, Wellington

20/02/2024 - 09/03/2024

"Marvellous simulation of a vigorous, volatile transcendent rave..

"Entirely cohesive, outstanding work..

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06/03/2024 - 09/03/2024

"Dramatic, punchy and powerful dancing...

Waiwhakaata - Reflections in the Water 2023


07/06/2023 - 10/06/2023

"Many awe-inducing moments..

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