In Episode 4, cohosts Brie Jessen-Vaughan and Chloe Faulkner-Ball chat with dancer, choreographer, teacher and creating of the fusion style Popping Puletasi - Seidah Tuaoi. We chat about culture in the dance studio, Seidah's journey through dance and experience at University of Auckland's Dance programme, her work as a high school dance teacher and of course, her phenomenal work Popping Puletasi. Popping Puletasi is a fusion style of dance that brings Seidah's love of popping (a hip hop dance style) and her heritage of traditional Samoan Siva together in wholly unique style.
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Seidah Tuaoi is a proud New Zealand born Samoan and Cook Island female. She studied at the University of Auckland and graduated with a Bachelor of Dance. During her studies, she joined the street dance community in Auckland. This saw her joining Hopskotch dance company which led her to other crews such as Projekt Team, Lighthouse Fam and Watchmins Krump fam. It was in these dance collectives she learnt about family, community and culture.
Seidah became interested in teaching dance at a secondary schools level. After graduating with a teachers diploma, she taught dance at the following high schools Aorere, Waitakere, Mcauley and is currently teaching at Karamu High in the Hawkes Bay.
Whilst imparting into the next generation, Seidah was able to create art and perform at an international level. This involved becoming a member of Jaja Vankova’s RuR alliance collective, performing at the World Hip Hop Championships in Last Vegas, joining the first group to win the Minicrew section in New Zealand, and creating fusion dance on film called Fa’atino and Flaws. These dance films explored hybridising Popping styled movements with traditional Samoan siva. These films were recognised nationally at dance events and film festivals. Flaws was also recognised by international dance artist Poppin Pete, who created the dance style Popping.
Learn More About Sophie Ryan
Sophie is a graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) and an ex-professional dancer. Now a dance physiotherapist in Wellington, Sophie has dedicated her career to working in dance performance, dance health and dance education.
As well as completing her physiotherapy degree, Sophie undertook an apprenticeship and then worked with Dance Pilates (creators of Movitae) in Auckland for four years, and completed her Progressing Ballet Technique certification in Melbourne, Australia. Sophie is continually undertaking ongoing professional development courses in the dance-specific field.
For over a decade, Sophie has taught in private dance schools in Auckland and Wellington, including classical ballet technique, pointe and dance conditioning, with a strong focus on safe dance practice. Sophie was a part of the Health Team at NZSD for five years, during which she held the position of Dance Conditioning tutor, delivered inservices and workshops to staff and students, conducted NZQA level assessments and provided individualized clinical rehabilitation of complex injuries.
As a dance physiotherapist, Sophie works with all dancers, from recreational and pre-professional dance students through to dance teachers, and has treated professional dancers who have performed with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Ballet Collective Aotearoa, Opera Australia, Footnote, Java Dance and the New Zealand Dance Company, as well as freelance artists.
Contact Sophie Ryan
Sophie is contactable by email at sophieryanphysio @ gmail.com
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