Rosie Tapsell grew up in Kingsland, Auckland. Her tupuna hail from Te Arawa and Tainui waka and her european ancestors came to New Zealand from Denmark, England and Scotland. Rosie began her journey in the arts studying Religious Studies, Theatre and Creative Writing at Victoria University of Wellington. In 2014 she worked alongside theatre-maker Andrew Gunn (Pressure Point Collective) to devise and perform their physical-theatre work GOD-BELLY. After completing her contemporary dance training at Unitec in 2016, Rosie was stoked to be a part of creating DANCE PLANT Collective with five of her best friends, and delighted to co-create their first original work, Desire Line(s), in April 2017. Since graduating Rosie has been fortunate to work with some of New Zealand’s leading choreographers including Michael Parmenter, Kelly Nash, Louise Potiki-Bryant, Claire O’Neil and Alexa Wilson. Her performance highlights so far include dancing in Alexa Wilson’s The Dark Light (ChoreoCo, Footnote New Zealand Dance), working with theatre-maker Kate Parker and Auckland Theatre Company on The Wild Seed Thief, and performing in Kelly Nash’s major work Atamira with Atamira Dance Company. Rosie is drawn to working with somatic knowledge and practices, as well exploring religious philosophy and mythology.