Liana graduated with a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts in Contemporary Dance from Unitec in 2000. She has been performing for 15 years within the New Zealand contemporary dance scene. Technique being a strong focus for Liana, she has studied intensively in Klein Technique at the New York Klein school, Alexander technique extensively with Debra McCulloch for over eight years and regularly practices yoga. Working in collaborative rehearsal processes with many choreographers Liana has honed her movement vocabulary over a period of years. Liana’s credits include Sean Curham,Douglas Wright, Louise Potiki Bryant, Black Grace and Friends, Atamira Dance Company, Scrambled Legs Dance Company, Malia Johnston, Alexa Wilson, Ann Dewey, Sarah Foster, Julia Milson, Ahiwai Dance Company, Raewyn Hill, Kelly Nash, Curve Dance Collective, Chris Jannides, World of Wearable Arts and Megan Adams.
Liana’s class is a typical contemporary dance class starting with floor work, moving to standing alignment work and then longer movement phrases.
Her influences for movement come from Klein Technique, Yoga practices, Alexander Technique and through her own practice as a dancer. She applies these techniques as motivation to find ways that use the body in a more efficient way. Liana’s classes encourage the participants to experiment with the exercises and vocabulary, to allow open and new discoveries in their bodies.