Story: Samoans

Black Grace contemporary dance group

Black Grace contemporary dance group

A unique Pacific identity is developing in New Zealand, especially in Auckland, combining traditional Pacific and contemporary elements. Black Grace is a predominantly Pacific Island and Māori dance group. Some of its members, including the creative director Neil Ieremia, are Samoan, and a number of the works are based on Samoan dance. This photograph shows Black Grace rehearsing in 2001.

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New Zealand Herald
Reference: 29 October 2001
Photograph by Derek Flynn

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Misatauveve Melani Anae, 'Samoans - Contributions to New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 June 2022)

Story by Misatauveve Melani Anae, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015