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Dance Therapy NZ (DTNZ) and NZCT get young people dancing

With a particular focus on vulnerable young people, DTNZ provides structured programmes and free after-school art sessions that foster self-confidence, social skills, and emotional expression through creative-based therapies.

A recent $8,000 grant from NZCT comes at a critical time for DTNZ, allowing them to expand their reach and make a lasting difference in the community especially in the lives of children and teens with disabilities and mental health challenges.

DTNZ’s Marketing Manager Angela Cocker emphasises the positive impact their programmes have on well-being. “Creative arts therapy helps individuals of all ages express themselves and process emotions.

Groups like these that help connect people under the guidance of expert therapists have become increasingly important with more and more people seeking our support in recent years. This generous funding from NZCT means we won’t have to cut back on our offering.”

Since 2013, DTNZ has helped over 18,000 people using creative-based therapies and demand for their services grows exponentially each year.

“Our programmes make a difference in the lives of people of all ages and in all situations. For example, we had a child with autism who struggled with traditional therapies but is now eagerly participating and finding joy in dance therapy.”

NZCT’s GM Grants, Marketing, and Communications, Ben Hodges, added ‘Getting young people moving in whatever way possible is really important to NZCT. DTNZ offers a creative alternative to traditional sports. NZCT is grateful for the fundraising partnerships we have with Auckland hospitality venues that enabled this grant to happen.’

In addition to their structured programmes, Arts 4 Us hosts weekly free, drop-in, after-school programme at the Oranga Community Centre, Manu Tukutuku in Manurewa, and the Te Atātu Peninsula Community Centre.


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