• Print Page Content


Dance is a practical and expressive subject where students integrate thinking, moving and individuality. Dance education is catered to, and accessible for all students no matter their previous experience. This subject enables students to express their feelings, ideas and beliefs whilst developing skills essential for their future endeavours.    

The dance curriculum focusses on three main areas: Performance, Choreography and Dance Analysis.   

Performance: Through performance work students can develop their self-confidence, perseverance and communication skills. Students are challenged to explore and learn a range of dance styles to expand their movement vocabulary and understanding of dance in different genres and cultures.    

Choreography: Choreography allows students to build skills in creativity, problem solving and collaboration. During choreographic work students are challenged to work both individually and in groups to create dance in relation to different ideas, stimuli and challenges. This allows them to express their individuality and draw on their own dance and life experiences.     

Dance Analysis: Dance Analysis is used throughout the dance program and enables students to develop reflective and critical thinking skills. Through exploring the dance elements, watching dance and exploring movement ideas students will develop an understand of how ideas are communicated through dance. They will develop the ability to look reflectively and critically at their own ideas and ways of moving and creating in order to develop a deep understanding of dance.     

Dance in the school curriculum can be highly beneficial for many students looking to develop their confidence as well as highly valuable life skills such as creativity, collaboration and perseverance.    

NCEA dance is a university approved subject.