Liana Hape HPE Head of Department Dance

Course Information



Dance as a curriculum subject.

Dance is a practical subject at all levels from Year 8 through to Year 13. Learners will work in a fully fitted dance studio, alongside the college auditorium which is a well-equipped facility for a range of performances.

Dance learners will develop self-management and interpersonal skills, while building self-confidence and exploring the importance of individual creativity.
In year 8, learners will be taught the basic skills they need to perform and choreograph dance. Learners will create dance in small groups and develop understanding of movement and performance.
In year 9 and 10, the semester courses build on learning of basic techniques and skills to perform, choreograph and understand dance. Dance learners will explore different genres and styles of dance.
Thematic creations and performances of their own dance sequences are an important aspect of these year groups.

Dance in the junior years is suitable for all learners, from beginners to experienced. Get involved and give it a go!

NCEA dance allows learners to further develop their ability to perform, choreograph and demonstrate their knowledge of dance. Learners will experience a range of dance genres, such as contemporary, jazz theatre, hip hop and learn various techniques from these different genres. Genre specialists will support the teaching and learning in the senior classes.
Senior dance learners will develop their own skills to choreograph solo and group dances. They will learn how to analyse their own work and the work of others including professional dance companies and choreographers. The NCEA dance courses are flexible and learners can build their own assessment portfolio and make a plan on how best they are going to be successful.

Dance is a university approved subject and learners can also be eligible for a subject endorsement by completing both internal and external assessment standards, therefore dance fits along many different chosen pathways.
“It is really good that there is a diversity of styles within the class, such as this year we learnt ballroom, hip hop, contemporary and jazz. The structure of the course is flexible and allows for learner input which makes it way more fun.”
Year 13 Dance Learner.

During the year there are many opportunities to join in workshops, performance visits, showcases and competitions. There is something for everyone to unleash their creativity.
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