NCEA Level 3 Dance

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs N. Quinn

Recommended Prior Learning

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

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A student will be withdrawn from a standard if the teacher is not confident that the achievement of the standard is within the reach of the student or there is no evidence of the student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



Assessment Policy & Procedures
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Any associated workshop cost may be extra.

A4 Refillable Display book


A device is recommended

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