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Post-School Dance Education - Tertiary Qualifications in Dance

General Guide to Tertiary Qualifications in Dance

Below is a list of the tertiary institutions that offer dance courses which lead to qualifications and career pathways for dance performance, choreography and production, dance writing and administration, private studio and community dance teaching, and dance teaching in primary and secondary schools or the tertiary sector.

Dance training at Foundation, Certificate and Diploma Level

Excel Ministries School of Performing Arts - Auckland
Certificate of Advanced Performance in Dance (Level 4)

PIPA (Pacific Institute of Performing Arts) - Auckland
Diploma in Pacific Performing Arts (Level 5)

East Auckland Performing Arts - Auckland
Diploma in Dance and Theatre Arts (Level 5)
Diploma in Teaching of Dance (Level 6)

Manukau Institute of Technology - Auckland
Diploma in Performing Arts (Level 5)

Hagley Dance College - Christchurch

Certificate in Dance (Level 4)

Full-time pre-professional dance education and/or dance training by specialist institutions

NASDA (National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts) - Christchurch
Bachelor of Performing Arts (Level 7) 

Whitireia New Zealand - Wellington
Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) (level 6)
Bachelor of Applied Arts (Performing Arts) (Level 7)

New Zealand School of Dance - Wellington
Certificate in Dance Performance (Level 6)
Dance Diploma in Dance Performance (Level 7)

Tertiary Institute Degrees offering dance/dance studies as a major subject (NZQA level 7 and above)

UNITEC - Auckland
Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts (Contemporary Dance Major)

University of Auckland (National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries) - Auckland
Bachelor of Dance Studies
Bachelor of Dance Studies (Honours)
Postgraduate Diploma in Creative and Performing Arts - Dance Studies
Master of Creative and Performing Arts - Dance Studies
Doctor of Philosophy (Dance Studies)

University of Otago - Dunedin

Bachelor of Physical Education in Dance Master of Dance Studies

Manukau Institute of Technology - Auckland

Bachelor of Creative Arts (Performing Arts)

University of Waikato - Hamilton
Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Sport and Leisure Studies (dance papers available within this degree)

Qualifications from Dance Syllabus Organisations

People can also gain dance performance and teaching qualifications through dance syllabus organisations which support studio taught dance in a range of styles such as ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, highland or Irish dance.

Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)
British Ballet Organisation (BBO)
Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance 
International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) 
Broken Beat Dance Syllabus 
American Jazz Dance Affiliation 
New Zealand and Highland National Dancing 
ScotDance New Zealand
Traditional Irish Dancing Association of New Zealand 

Some dance forms manage training directly through their studios - for example Indian Classical dance.

This information is not comprehensive. If you have general enquiries regarding training please contact DANZ, or go to each institution directly for specific information. DANZ also runs a professional development programme of Workshops and Seminars which may also be of interest go to DANZ Magazine articles on Tertiary Education.

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