Born to Dance

Tammy Davis | Aotearoa New Zealand | 2016 | 96 MIN | Feature

Thursday 20 October 2016 | 7:00 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3

Co-presented by: Centre for Indigenous Theatre

Born on the wrong side of the tracks in southern Auckland, Tu (played by champion hip-hop dancer Tia-Tahoroa Maipi) is an ambitious young man at a crossroads. His strict father pressures him to join the army, but Tu harbours dreams of being a professional hip-hop dancer. Working at a dead-end day job, he spends his nights with his local dance crew and dreams of stardom. When the biggest dance crew in the country has an open call for auditions, Tu jumps at the chance to be part of the K-Crew. But the big time is not necessarily what he dreamt it would be. With killer dance moves choreographed by the legendary Parris Goebel of the equally legendary The Royal Family (three-time winner of the World Hip-Hop Dance Championship), Born to Dance makes you rise and shine.


This is director Tammy Davis’s (Ngati Rangi) first feature film. His short films Ebony Society and Sonny My Older Brother both screened at imagineNATIVE and at festivals worldwide including Berlinale and Sundance. Tammy is also a well-known actor in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia, best known for his role in the hit TV series Outrageous Fortune.