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PERF204 Dance for Musical Theatre

The artistic qualities and techniques of dance in musical theatre explored through integrated theory and practice.

The paper reflects the rapid growth of Musical Theatre as an interdisciplinary art form nationally and internationally. The artistic qualities and techniques of dance in musical theatre are explored through integrated theory and practice with a focus on historical and contemporary socio-political issues.

Paper title Dance for Musical Theatre
Paper code PERF204
Subject Performing Arts Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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PHSE 115 or PHSE 116 or THEA 153
PERF 304
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching staff
Sofia Kalogeropoulou
Textbooks are not required.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
This paper will help foster:
  1. Intellectual independence and academic freedom: encompassing intellectual and artistic creativity.
  2. Knowledge: encompassing its relevance to the needs of students, employers, industry and society.
  3. Leadership in professional studies and performing arts.
Knowledge relevant to the field
By the end of this paper students will have:
  1. Gained an understanding of the musical theatre genre.
  2. Developed an understanding of the theories that inform studies of the genre.
  3. Acquired stylistic and technical skills of particular dance repertoires.
Academic skills
The paper will enable students to:
  1. Construct effective academic essays that display coherent arguments.
  2. Effectively communicate ideas orally.
  3. Construct an exegesis (critical and reflective analysis of their choreographic work).
These outcomes contribute to the Otago Graduate Profile:
  1. Development of a global perspective (knowledge of musical theatre worldwide).
  2. Communication (ability to communicate ideas and arguments orally and in writing).
  3. Critical thinking (understanding of how historical and cultural factors affect musical theatre).
  4. Information literacy and research (locating relevant resources and using them effectively).
  5. Teamwork (ability to work effectively as both a team leader and a team member through class tasks).

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 14:00-14:50 36-39
Friday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41