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MANU making moves in MACAU

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Talofa Lava!

We are MANU Collective, a project-based Pacific dance collective that is aimed at giving tertiary dance students of Māori and Pacific descent the opportunity to: network and collaborate with each other, learn from one another, explore their cultural ethnicities and heritage through Pacific-inspired contemporary movement as well as undertake performance opportunities within New Zealand and overseas.

This year, we have been given the opportunity to represent New Zealand and the Pacific at the Macau International Youth Dance Festival, along with over 600 dancers from over 20 countries.

We will be taking 16 talented performers, who are currently in their third year of dance training and education at New Zealand's top dance institutions: NZ School of Dance, UNITEC Dance and the University of Auckland Dance Department. They will be led by 5 members of our leadership team who are choreographing, organising logistics, and doing admin for the tour.

But we need your help! In order to make this trip as smooth as possible, we are needing more financial support to help us represent NZ and the Pacific on the world stage. We have sorted flights, accommodation (excluding our final night in Hong Kong) and per diems are given to our team members at the festival.

Your generous donations will help us cover our final night in Hong Kong, our Pacific-inspired uniforms for our collective, our costumes for our Pacific-Contemporary dance piece (created by Velalula's Fashion) - to be performed at the festival, as well as giving a mea alofa to some of our collaborators and contributors for their work and support.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for supporting us to make this possible for our team.

Fa'afetai Tele Lava
MANU Team