Career Pathways

Teaching Dance in Schools as a Career Choice

If you are passionate about dance and wish to pass on your skills and enthusiasm to others, consider becoming a secondary dance teacher.

  • Many secondary schools are looking for fulltime dance teachers to educate their students in dance.
  • You can practise your artistry with young people.
  • You can gain teacher registration and earn a good living.
  • You can take time out from your career to work on artistic projects.

To become a secondary school dance teacher you will need an undergraduate degree (there are several places where you can study for a degree majoring in dance). You will then do a further year's fulltime study to gain your teaching qualification. You can do this qualification at various institutions around New Zealand. You will be able to major in dance and will need another subject that you can teach as well.

Many dance teachers also study drama but there are a wide range of subjects to choose from depending on the subjects you have studied at University.

For more information please contact:
PATRICE O’BRIEN - Dance Facilitator TEAM Solutions
University of Auckland
Private Bag 92-601
Symonds Street
Phone - (09) 623 8899 ext 46389 or email

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