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As a subject, Dance is one of the four separate Arts disciplines — Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts — that make up the ‘essential learning’ area of The Arts in the New Zealand Curriculum.  It is a curriculum requirement that all students in Year 7 take courses covering each of the disciplines meaning that both boys and girls at this age have a ‘taste’ of Dance as a future area of study. 

In Years 8 and 9, students are required to select two of the Arts disciplines for each year of study and thereafter, the Arts become part of a range of optional subjects for selection, leading to formal NZQA qualifications. From its inception in 2003, there has been a strong growth in the number of both boys and girls selecting to study Dance at NCEA examination level. 

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Our dance students are fortunate to have dedicated Dance studios in which to work and rehearse. Hip hop, ballet, jazz, cultural performances and personal dance styles are all catered for. 

Our Middle School dancers have opportunities to perform in the Middle School Musical and the Wearable Arts Show with some advanced students also taking part in the annual Dance Showcase.

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The Dance Academy

The Dance Academy/Extension Programme is a new initiative, set up during the course of 2016, catering for different levels and styles of dance, including classical ballet, contemporary, jazz and hip-hop.

Students audition for a place, attending extra Period 0 (before school) and Period 7 (after school) classes as well as Saturday classes. The extra classes include coaching, pilates, yoga and conditioning as well as learning dance works for performance, both at College and beyond. The classes are taught by College dance staff, as well as a range of itinerant dance specialists who expose the students to a wide range of teaching and performance styles.