Dance Technique and Performance

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge:

Dance Technique and Performance is purely a technical dance class where students will grow their physical ability in their chosen genres of dance.

This course can:

  • Complement outside dance training, adding an extra three hours a week for building technique and strength required for outside dance exams.
  • Offer opportunities to compete at competitions and perform at events such as the dance recital.
  • Create relationships between dancers and their genre of expertise, growing collective knowledge of a range of dance styles needed for a career in dance.
  • Complement NCEA dance classes by improving technique needed for performance standards. 
  • Explore dance for film, creating short cinematic dance videos

Students will have the opportunity to choreograph their own dances and learn routines from experts. 

Students will learn about dance as a career path and different opportunities for growth within the entertainment and education sectors.

Students will be able to use class time to hone their skills and feed their passion for dance during school hours.

Students will learn about anatomy, strength, stretching and nutrition in a supportive, knowledgeable and safe environment. 

Recommended Prior Learning

  • One specialist style of dance is preferred (for example, proficiency in hip hop).
  • Enrolment in an NCEA Dance class in school and/or an outside extracurricular class is preferred. 


Completing this course set students up for a future in performing arts including the ability to complete NCEA Dance Level 2 and 3 to a high standard.

This also prepares students for auditioning for fulltime dance courses such as:
- New Zealand School of Dance: Diploma in Dance Performance
- Te Auaha: Bachelor of Creativity (Performing Arts)
- NASDA: Bachelor of Performing Arts
- University of Auckland: Bachelor of Dance Studies
- Unitec: Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts
- University of Otago: Bachelor of Physical Education in Dance

Assessment Information

Students will have the opportunity to perform at competitions and events, showcasing their learning.