NCEA Level 1 Dance

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr R. Forrest

The Year 11 dance programme is optional and is available to all Year 11 students who express an interest in dance. The course includes:

  • Dance elements – in conjunction with Choreographic Devices (both are key components of NCEA dance).
  • Dance composition and choreography – developing group, solo and duet work.
  • Performance skills 
  • Dance analysis – Examining how choreographers create dance works that communicate ideas.
  • Students who are already participating in dance, whether private/extra-curricular, Kapa Haka or Pasifika group, will have an individual learning plan to enhance their prior learning and experience. There is no audition process to enter this course. 

In taking this class, students will develop their understanding of choreographic and performance practices and will be able to articulate how practitioners create movement to communicate ideas. There will be numerous performance opportunities including in-school showcases, Dance NZ Made, and other dance festivals. Students will have the opportunity to work with Ōkāreka Dance Company and The University of Auckland.

This course will examine “Kura” by Moss Patterson and how to develop movement around the concepts of ancestry and kōwhaiwhai patterns. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to choreograph and perform in a variety of genres, including hip hop, kapa haka, and contemporary. There will be chances for students in this course to explore themes that relate to their own interests and experiences. 

A student will be withdrawn from a standard if the teacher is not confident that the achievement of the standard is within the reach of the student or there is no evidence of the student attempting the assessment.

Course Overview

Term 1
- Whakawhanungatanga
-Elements of Dance and Choreographic devices
-Introduction to dance analysis
-Learning warm-up and technique routines
-Demonstrate understanding of the elements of dance assessment

Term 2
-Compose dance sequences for given briefs
-Leaning routines

Term 3
-Dance NZ Made
-Huihui//Collide Dance Festival
- Demonstrate ensemble skills in a dance

Term 4
-TNT Dance Showcase
-External Prep

Recommended Prior Learning

Previous dance experience is not necessary but may be useful.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Any associated workshop cost may be extra.


A device is recommended

A4 Refillable Display book

Assessment Information

Students who already have the credits that are being offered in this course will be given an individualized course. Most assessments will require physical and written components.



It is the policy of Taupo-nui-a-Tia College to have school-wide policies that inform parents and students of the criteria for administering all Assessments for National Qualifications.

Credits listed may change.

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