Courses - Faculty of Creative Arts And Industries


Dance Studies

Stage I

DANCE 101
15 Points

DANCE 101G
15 Points

Introduction to Dance and Creative Processes

To develop an understanding of our moving bodies through movement awareness, dance improvisation, choreography and creative and analytic writing. Students will undertake both theoretical and practical classes focusing on a range of practices that dancers and movement practitioners use to facilitate kinaesthetic awareness, experimentation, communication and choreography. Students will explore somatic theory and practice, improvisation scores, choreography and dance analysis. DANCE 101 not available for BDanceSt.

DANCE 107
15 Points

Dance History and Contexts

Study of the historical development in western theatre dance from the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century.

DANCE 110
15 Points

Contemporary Dance and Choreography 1

A study of contemporary dance practices through the choreography, creative facilitation and techniques of contemporary dance makers. For BDanceSt students only.

DANCE 112
15 Points

Dance Kinesiology

Introduction to physiological and kinesiological analysis of dance movements. The study of skeletal alignment, muscular balance and mechanical efficiency.

DANCE 120
15 Points

Dance Vocabulary I

Introducing the study of diverse dance vocabulary including ballet, contemporary dance and the field of somatics. Students will examine specific technical requirements of identified dance vocabulary.

DANCE 121
15 Points

Dance Technique

Continuation of work undertaken in DANCE 120 with exploration of skills, repertoire, and merging dance styles.

Prerequisite: DANCE 120

DANCE 131
15 Points

Dance Education

The study of dance education practice and theory that shapes teaching and learning of dance in school and community contexts. Note: this course does not meet the requirements for teacher registration in New Zealand.

Stage II

DANCE 200G
15 Points

Dance and Culture

Examines the interrelationship between dance and wider political and cultural movements through practical dance classes and theoretical investigations into diverse cultural environments around the world. Students physically and theoretically engage in the study of various dance forms such as Tango, Salsa, Dabkeh, traditional Chinese dance and Bharata Natyam.

Prerequisite: 60 points passed

DANCE 201
15 Points

Dance and Interdisciplinarity

Building integrated connections with other arts disciplines such as music, literature, art.

Prerequisite: DANCE 101 or 110

DANCE 207
15 Points

Choreography and Performance

Focuses on the development and consolidation of choreographic and performance skills.

Prerequisite: Any 30 points at Stage I in Dance Studies

DANCE 210
15 Points

Contemporary Dance and Choreography 2

Study of contemporary choreography practice and theory. Students create choreography that may be shared through film and/or live performances.

Prerequisite: DANCE 101 or 110

DANCE 211
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: Any 30 points at Stage I in Dance Studies

DANCE 212
15 Points

New Zealand Dance Contexts and History

Emphasis is on the socio-historical developments of dance in the twentieth century. Choreographers, dancers, designers and composers who have created, influenced and shaped dance in New Zealand will be studied via lectures, videos, scores, and reconstructions.

Prerequisite: DANCE 107

DANCE 215
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: Any 30 points at Stage I in Dance Studies

DANCE 220
15 Points

Dance Vocabulary II

Exploring and analysing contemporary dance practices and techniques. Movement skills and performance skills will be developed integrating personal movement with techniques.

Prerequisite: DANCE 120

DANCE 222
15 Points

Safe Dance Practices

Establishing the theory and practice of safe dance practices within education, performance and health related contexts. Anatomy, kinesiology and dance conditioning methodologies will be studied in relation to dance practice.

Prerequisite: DANCE 112

DANCE 231
15 Points

Community Dance

Entering diverse community settings and teaching and learning dance; analysing the roles and functions of dance in your own and others' communities. Note: this course does not meet the requirements for teacher registration in New Zealand.

Prerequisite: DANCE 131

DANCE 250
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: Any 30 points at Stage I in Dance Studies

Stage III

DANCE 300
15 Points

Dance Project

Resident/Guest Artist project that gives students an intensive experience of a particular choreographic vocabulary and repertoire. Not available to BA students.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Dance Studies

DANCE 301
15 Points

Dance and Improvisation

Developing an embodied personal practice, and understanding of the theory and practice of contact improvisation and its influence in dance, education and community contexts.

Prerequisite: Any 30 points at Stage II in Dance Studies

DANCE 302
15 Points

Dance in Aotearoa New Zealand

An examination of dance in New Zealand including Māori, Pacific Island, European, and Asian influences. Emphasis will be on developments during the twentieth century of traditional form into contemporary practice, indigenous forms in NZ society, the developments in ballet, contemporary and popular dance.

Prerequisite: DANCE 212

DANCE 310
15 Points

Contemporary Dance and Choreography 3

The study of contemporary dance practices through the choreography and techniques of contemporary dance makers.

Prerequisite: DANCE 210

DANCE 312
15 Points

Dance Production

Dance works are choreographed on the students by leading dance professionals in their chosen genre, resulting in a dance production. Not available to BA students.

Prerequisite: Any 45 points at Stage II in Dance Studies

DANCE 314
15 Points

Dance and Technology

Project based study of the interaction between technology and dance. Including hands-on practice with video, digital photography and the study of dance for film.

Prerequisite: Any 30 points at Stage II in Dance Studies

DANCE 315
15 Points

Dance Composition

Studio based course developing improvisational and compositional skills. Choreographic principles are studied as guidelines for structure and design in movement.

Prerequisite: Any 30 points at Stage II in Dance Studies

DANCE 320
15 Points

Dance Vocabulary III

Refining and deepening dance practices and pedagogy strategies specific to contemporary dance. Choreographic research methods are introduced with emphasis upon articulating key questions and processes for problem solving.

Prerequisite: Any 30 points at Stage II in Dance Studies

DANCE 322
15 Points

Professional Practices

Developing skills and knowledge in planning and managing for careers in the diverse dance professions. Students will develop arts management and financial business skills, such as learning to write grant applications, CVs and personal plans that relate to employment and funding issues.

Prerequisite: DANCE 222

DANCE 331
15 Points

Dance Education Research

Analysis of dance teaching and learning philosophies, issues and theories as they are translated from texts and curriculum into classroom and community practice. This course does not meet the requirements for teacher registration in New Zealand.

Prerequisite: DANCE 231

DANCE 350
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: Any 30 points at Stage II in Dance Studies

DANCE 351
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: Any 30 points at Stage II in Dance Studies

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

DANCE 720
30 Points

Choreography and Performance Research

Investigates choreographic practice and dance creation as a location for artistic production and academic research. Students will reflect on their own choreographic and performance practice through studio-based activities, while examining choreographic and performance theory.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

Restriction: DANCE 733, 735, 760

DANCE 722
30 Points

Dance in Community and Education Research

Examines issues and philosophies critical to the development of dance education in formal and informal contexts in New Zealand and internationally. Personal pedagogical practices are reviewed and dominant discourses critiqued.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

Restriction: DANCE 734

DANCE 724
30 Points

Research Methods and Critical Analysis in Dance Studies

Examines diverse qualitative research methods, critical theory and research ethics. Through practical investigations students will source and critically review literature relevant to their personal research directions.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

Restriction: DANCE 751

DANCE 730
30 Points

Dance Intensive

Advanced practice in the physicality and creation of dance.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval required

DANCE 761
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: Departmental approval required

DANCE 764
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: Departmental approval required

DANCE 765
15 Points

Special Topic in Dance

DANCE 766
15 Points

Special Topic in Dance

DANCE 767
15 Points

Special Topic in Dance

DANCE 768
15 Points

Special Topic in Dance

DANCE 770
30 Points

Dance Project

DANCE 791
30 Points

Dissertation in Dance

DANCE 792A
45 Points

DANCE 792B
45 Points

Thesis

To complete this course students must enrol in DANCE 792 A and B

DANCE 795A
60 Points

DANCE 795B
60 Points

Thesis in Community Dance

An independent research study focused on a topic associated with community dance.

To complete this course students must enrol in DANCE 795 A and B

DANCE 796A
60 Points

DANCE 796B
60 Points

Thesis

Prerequisite: Departmental approval required

Restriction: DANCE 794

To complete this course students must enrol in DANCE 796 A and B

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