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Books and Printed Materials

Books and Printed Materials

Dance! A Teachers Guide

Universal Children's Audio

This guide contains a wealth of ideas generously contributed by dance educators around New Zealand. It was written to support school teachers in implementing The NZ Arts Curriculum, as well as studio dance teachers working in the community. Order online. The companion CD is also available from Universal Children's Audio


Dance for Senior Students

by Barbara Snook

Nelson Cengage Learning

A comprehensive text suitable for NZ senior dance curriculum. Covers dance history: ritual, social and cultural dance; contemporary and postmodern perspectives and a wide and varied range of dance works. With a focus on dance appreciation and choreography, including a wealth of exercises, activities and assessment tasks. Order online.

DANCE … Count Me In! 

by Barbara Snook

Nelson Cengage Learning

A teaching resource written in Australia but easily adapted for New Zealand schools. Includes elements of dance, ritual dance, pioneers of contemporary dance, youth culture, social and community dance, dance on screen, dance production and dance companies of Australia and New Zealand. Suitable for years 6–10. Order online.

Essential Guide to dance (3rd edition)

by Linda Ashley


A blend of practice and theory for advanced secondary school students and for dance educators. Provides support, guidance and up-to-date information, including safe dance practice. Written for UK schools but easily adapted for New Zealand. Order online.

Dance Theory in Practice

by Linda Ashley

 Essential Resources

Suitable for secondary school students. Includes dancer training and performance, offering sample dance activities and exercises plus information and self-assessment sheets. Order online.

Creative Dance

by Frances Reed

Essential Resources

Strategies for teachers who are keen to nurture children's confidence in self-expression through creative dance. Order online. Other books on creative dance for children by the same author are Magic Moments (for juniors) and Creative Souls (for seniors). For a full list of titles.

Touch Compass

by Michele Powles

Touch Compass Dance Trust

Celebrating integrated dance – professional New Zealand dance company Touch Compass Dance Trust works with a wide range of dancers, with and without physical and/or intellectual disability. This is the illustrated story of their professional performance, education work and international tours in their first ten years becoming recognised as a leader in aerial integrated dance. Order online.

RNZB Season Education Resources 

The Sleeping Beauty
TOWER Tutus on Tour
The Nutcracker
From Here to There

Royal New Zealand Ballet

These resources are written for primary, intermediate and secondary teachers and their students. They contain ideas for students and teachers to explore RNZB works with links to the curriculum. Available free online. For more information contact the Education Manager, Caroline Dinniss on (04) 381 9001.

Dance to Learn 


Julie Cadzow

'Dance to Learn' aims to enhance the New Zealand curriculum through dance.The Dance to Learn resources use a range of vocabulary cards, equipment and activities as motivating tools and focus points to create and appreciate dance. The resources are designed to pick up and use straight away. Many can be used for warm-up activities or be left for a relief teacher. To order or to make further inquiries visit HERE or email Julie


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