Dance Students are introduced to dance as a school based subject. They get to explore a variety of different dance styles such as Jazz, Hip Hop, Social Dance, Musical Theatre, Cultural and Contemporary dance. This gives students the opportunity to ‘taste’ several dance styles as well as gain a basic understanding of the vocabulary and historical background of each genre. Students also learn choreographic skills, collaboratively creating a dance in groups and are given the opportunity to perform at the end of the term in front of an audience.
Dance Students are exposed to a broad range of Dance related topics and develop necessary skills in preparation for Senior Dance. Year 10 Dance involves a lot of group choreography and performance, as well being informed on theoretical practice that is required in NCEA. Students get to participate in a vast range of genres and tasks, ranging from Sports Choreography, Sasa, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Ballroom. Year 10 Students experience expert guest tutors, watch live performances and get to perform at the annual Dance Showcase.
NCEA Dance allows students the opportunity to explore, express, contribute and perform Dance, gaining university recognised credits. Students choreograph both solo and group work, perform in various dance works, analyse and evaluate dance performances and theoretically demonstrate knowledge of a particular dance genre, also discussing the features and development of dance in New Zealand.
Scholarship Dance is offered to as an addition in Year 13, with students submitting a choreography and performance with a written portfolio.
Why Choose Dance?
Dance in the classroom is a Kinaesthetic learning style with students learning as they do their physical activity. Dance is predominately a practical based subject, with “hands on” learning, also incorporating relevant theoretical information.
Dance builds confidence, stimulates creativity and encourages self and cultural expression. Dance teaches the essential skills of communication and social and Co-operation. There is a lot of group work in secondary school dance, therefore students have to work collaboratively with others, contributing their ideas and at times problem solving to work towards a mutually created product. Students gain a lot of ownership over their original pieces of work.
Students get to participate in a variety of different dance related genres and activities, taught by their teacher and are also given the opportunity to experience lessons taught by guest experts, as well as seeing live performances.
What can you do with Dance as a Subject?
NCEA Dance is a University approved subject that will allow senior students entry into university courses. There are currently a lot of Tertiary institutes that are offering qualifications in Dance- certificates, diplomas, degrees, are available across New Zealand. Students can study towards gaining a career as a Dance Teacher (school/studio), Performer (Stage/Screen), Choreographer, Arts administrator, Dance Therapist, Movement specialist (human resources), Production Manager, etc.
Tertiary Institutes offering Dance Courses
New Zealand School of Dance
The University of Auckland
UNITEC school of Performing and Screen Arts
University of Otago
University of Waikato
Wellington Performing Arts Centre
Whitireia Community Polytechnic
What Interest Factor?
Dance at Rangitoto College is an appropriate subject choice for someone who has previous dance experience, though secondary school dance offers students skills that studio dance schools can’t. Dance is a subject that is recommended for individuals who enjoying taking risks, creating, expressing themselves, choreographing, performing, researching, analysing and learning about all the vast variety of different aspects that is Dance.