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Paul Young

Lecturer, Dance
School of Creative Industries
Location: Building 006, Room 2039



Paul Young is a dancer, teacher and reviewer.


Since graduating from Unitec in 2003 Paul has maintained a consistently high profile in the national dance community. His unique physicality and creative ingenuity has led to memorable performances for some of the most respected choreographers working in New Zealand today. He has also collaborated with other emerging artists to produce and tour his own work.


Paul has been engaged in research and develop- ment, and performance with Jo Randerson’s Bar- barian Productions, Zahara Killeen-Chance, Foot- note Dance, Touch Compass Dance Trust, Claire O’Neill’s Fidgit Co, Fleur De Thier and Scrambled Legs, Malia Johnston’s Rifleman Productions, Julia Milsom’s Corrupt Productions, Alexa Wilson and internationally award winning film maker/chore- ographer Daniel Belton & Good Company.


He has earned praise for his work in Julia Milsom’s Random acts of God and other stories, and Malia Johnston and Emma Willis’s Dark Tourists and Body/Fight/Time, the latter with Footnote Dance. Most recently he appeared in The Fallen Mystery by Zahara Killeen Chance at Tempo Dance Festival 2014, 1/3 a site specific work in collaboration with The Physics Room in Christchurch and Malia Johnston and Emma Willis’s critically acclaimed Amanimal, winner of best dance in the Auckland fringe 2013.


Paul is a founding member of Movement Art Practice (M.A.P.), an independent dance development organisation committed to nurturing the movement research in New Zealand.


Paul is of Ngai Tahu and European descent. 



Young, P l., (Artistic Director), Burton, k., (Choreographer), Russell, T., (Choreographer), Philpott, R., (Choreographer), Wilson, I., (Choreographer), Kokiri, C., (Choreographer), Elliott, E., (Choreographer), Starrs, J., (Choreographer), Lynch, H., (Composer), Wilson, F., (Composer), & Deverick, A., (Composer) (2022). Unitec Dance Showcase. Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Auckland, New Zealand, 17-20 November.

Young, P L., (Artistic Director), O'Neil, C., (Choreographer), Russell, T., (Choreographer), Tapu, A., (Choreographer), Liu, T., (Choreographer), McCall, J., (Choreographer), Foster-Sproull, S., (Choreographer), Rogers, C., (Director of Photography), Faleatua, J., (Director of Photography), & Foster, A., (Director of Photography) (2021). UNITEC DANCE: ONLINE SHOWCASE MMXXI. Online, Auckland, New Zealand, 15 December.

Young, P., Wood, R., & O'Neil, C. (2019). Discourse of the body and Mātauranga Māori in dance education. Talking teaching 2019, Unitec Institute of Technology.

Young, P., (choreographer), Burton, K., (choreographer), & O'Connor, C., (composer) (2019). Penumbra. Rate Freedman Arts Centre, 14 - 17 November.

Mulholland, E., & Young, P. (2018). Forwarding Backwarding. Wellington/Auckland/Perth, Mushroom music.

Young, P., (Contributor), Buck, R., (Contributor), & Steeds-Huston, P., (Contributor) (2018). In their own words: An article about ethical challenges in the tertiary dance sector. Wellington, New Zealand, Dance Aotearoa New Zealand (DANZ) (Vol. 55).

Young, P., (Choreographer), & Burton, K., (Choreographer) (2017). PO HA - Unitec Dance Showcase 2017. Rate Freedman Centre, Auckland, New Zealand, 16-19 November.

Young, P. (2017). Feminine Divine: A Review of Orchids by Sarah Foster-Sproull. Auckland, New Zealand, The Pantograph Punch.

Young, P. (2016). MAP research exchange residency. Movement Art Practice, Wellesley Studios, Auckland, New Zealand.

Young, P., Milsom, J., & Langdon-Pole, Z. (2016). FOREIGN BODIES: A SEQUENCE OF ACTIONS IN GREY SPACE. Oliver. M, The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand,19 January to 23 January.

Young, P., (Dancer), & Larsen, K., (Curator) (2015). Bangers N Mash 4. Auckland Old Folks association Hall, 25 June, Throw Disposable Choreography.

Killeen-Chance, Z., (Choreographer), & Young, P., (Dancer) (2015). The Fallen Mystery. Q Theatre Loft, 10 - 11 October, TEMPO Dance Festival.

Young, P. (2015). Review of Auckland Fringe Festival 2015. DANZ: Dance Aotearoa New Zealand, DANZ: Dance Aotearoa New Zealand (Vol. 39).

Killeen - Chance, Z. (2014). The Fallen Mystery. Q Theatre Loft, Auckland, New Zealand, 10,11,12 October 2014, Tempo Dance Festival.

Young, P., Harvie, J., & Cosgrove, P. (2013). 1/3 - Dance, Neither a window, opening or wall - Offsite Sculpture. Elle Louie August, The Physics Room, Christchurch, 25, 27, 29 August.

Johnston, M., & Willis, E. (2012). Amanimal. Q Theatre Loft, Auckland, New Zealand, 27.02 2013 - 03.03.2013, Show Pony Productions.

Milsom, M. (2012). Minutes of Silence. Court Theatre Foyer, Christchurch, New Zealand, 11,12,13,14th October. Corrupt Productions.

Bleakley, Charlie. (2012). Into the Uncanny Valley. Bats, Wellington, New Zealand, 3 - 17 November, Lumina Productions.