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Tertiary Education

Pre-degree Courses

by Tania Kopytko

Pre-degree courses may have different levels on the NZQA qualifications framework, which can give an indication of the work readiness level that each programme provides for a beginner in the industry. This can vary from a taster experience to programmes that lead to further training. In some courses the amount of work and dedication required is considerable for its level, and this is an indication of the exacting needs of our industry and the nature of the dance form. Course level variance has developed over the years as programmes have developed independently. 

It is important that young people have an understanding of the variety of career pathways their training can lead on to. This may be in dance work such as leading dance projects, teaching (in studios, schools or universities), performing in many different environments, or using dance for health and fitness, community development and as a tool for other community work. The main paid occupation in the dance industry is that of a dance teacher.

Some students use pre-degree courses as a study-based gap year to explore their love of performing arts, and then go on to other training that can be linked with dance. As dance is the 8th most popular physical activity for New Zealanders, dance has much power and potential to make a positive difference to the community.

Tertiary institutions and private providers offering pre-degree courses include:

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