Level 3 Dance

3DAN
Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Miss C. Robinson

Recommended Prior Learning

Students must:


Dance is a university approved subject, it offers literacy credits and subject endorsements.

Students will work in consultation with their teacher to devise a personalized learning programme which will compromise of up to a maximum total of 18 credits. Below are some examples of possible assessment combinations.

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OPTION 1: Performance Course 

This course is designed to hone your technical and performance skills. You can focus on one specific genre of dance (such as hip hop, jazz or ballet) or diversify your skill set across many. 

This course also offers a completely internal option or a four credit standard for your choice can be replaced with 3.7 Analyse a Dance Performance 

  • 3.4 Perform a Group Dance - 4 Credits
  • 3.5 Perform a Repertoire of Contrasting Dances - 6 Credits
  • 3.3 Perform a Solo or Duet Dance - 4 Credits
  • 3.6 Demonstrate Understanding of Dance Performance Practices - 4 Credits

Internal Only: 18 Credits

OPTION 2: Choreography Course 

This course is designed to hone your choreography skills and can be completed without performing in your works. These standards dive deep into why and how we create dance, utilizing a predominantly contemporary approach. 

  • 3.1 Produce a Dance to Realise a Concept - 8 Credits
  • 3.2 Choreograph a Dance to Develop and Resolve Ideas - 4 Credits
  • 3.7 Analyse a Dance Performance (Ihi Frenzy)- 4 Credits

Internal and External: 16 Credits

OPTION 3: Cultural Course

This course is designed to develop Pasifika, Maori Performing Arts or other cultural arts within the classroom. These standards allow you to gain your level three qualification while taking a culture specific pathway through dance. Explore traditional styles of dance and the world of Maori Contemporary. 

This course also offers a completely internal option or you can add/exchange the external paper for four credits.

  • 3.2 Choreograph a Dance to Develop and Resolve Ideas - 4 Credits
  • 3.3 Perform a Solo or Duet Dance - 4 Credits 
  • 3.5 Perform a Repertoire of Contrasting Dances - 6 Credits
  • 3.8 Demonstrate Understanding of the Development of Dance in Aotearoa - 4 Credits

Internal Only: 14 Credits

Internal and External: 18 Credits


Subject Overview

Term 1
Basic technique classes and large group work is completed in term 1 to create relationships and build technical foundations for more individualized work later in the year.

First internals completed.

Term 2
Small group and individual standards are completed. Students are encouraged to collaborate with their other subject areas (e.g use a music composition for dance choreography).

Second internal completed.

Term 3
Dance Recital is a big part of this term, usually the last internal students sit will be presented at the recital.
The external exam prelim is conducted for those sitting the exam.

Third internal completed.

Term 4
Wrapping back to the first term, we spend our class time working on technique and performance qualities.

Exam preparation and revision is part of this terms in class time however, not all of it.

Learning Areas:

Ngā Toi - Arts



Career Pathways

Actor, Artistic Director, Dancer, Entertainer

Approximate Costs and Equipment/Stationery

Additional costs may apply to attend out of school performances.
Each year the senior dance classes will have the opportunity to dress up and attend a live performance.

A note book will be needed for corrections, notes, choreography and exam preparation. Graphic journals work well.


Pathway Tags

Actor, Artistic Director, Dancer, Entertainer, Musician, Model, Project Manager, Teacher, Dance Administration, Company Owner, Cheerleader, Events Promoter, Physiotherapist, Kinesiologist, Nutritionist, Dietitian, Costume Designer, Dance-wear Designer, Dance Photographer, Dance Videographer, Dance Examiner, Competition Judge, Pilates Instructor, Sports Instructor, Choreographer, Physical Therapist, Entertainment Marketing, Graphic Designer, Production Crew


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