NCEA Level 3 Dance

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs N. Quinn

The Year 13 dance programme is optional and is available to Year 13 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. 

Dance in 2022 will focus on developing the student's creative, critical and collaborative abilities. They will work closely with their peers to develop dance works that communicate ideas that are important to them and perform these in both large and intimate settings. This class will also allow them to work on their leadership skills.

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 is a mostly physical class but it will also require you to analyse, critique, and write about your own and other's choreography.  This subject has the ability to be flexible in terms of assessment and, if needed, you will be provided with an individualized learning plan.

A student will be withdrawn from a standard if the teacher is not confident that the achievement of the standard is within the reach of the student or there is no evidence of the student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

Recommended Prior Learning

It is recommended that students have some dance experience prior to taking Level 3 Dance.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Any associated workshop cost may be extra.

A4 Refillable Display book


A device is recommended

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Total Credits Available: 20 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 16 credits.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91588 v2
Dance 3.1 - Produce a dance to realise a concept
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 8
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91589 v2
Dance 3.2 - Choreograph a dance to develop and resolve ideas
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91591 v2
Dance 3.4 - Perform a group dance
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91594 v2
Dance 3.7 - Analyse a dance performance
Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4w *
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 20
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 4
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4
Total Numeracy Credits: 0

Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 20

Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.


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.