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PHSE556 Dance Education

A critical analysis of local, national and international dance education, pedagogy, curriculum and policy. Focus is placed upon the theories of knowledge that underpin practice and education.

More-advanced key concepts and practices of dance education that relate to learning theories, curriculums in the schools and the wider community will be explored. Focus is placed on dance education in the context of Physical Education and Arts Curriculums in New Zealand. United States and other international contexts will be considered.
This paper will examine the historical, social, cultural and political contexts of dance learning. Students will become familiar with national dance curriculum and the postcolonial and cultural diversity implications. This paper will provide the beginnings of a strong foundation in the theories and practices of dance education and develop skills necessary for teaching dance in an educational context. We will use contemporary dance, yoga, specific African dances styles, improvisation, choreography and other forms as instruments for understanding theories and praxis of dance education. This paper level will include two additional tutorials on course assignments and more self-directed learning, independent research, critical thinking in class discussion, written assignments and presentations. Displaying more-mature knowledge of the subject is required.

Paper title Dance Education
Paper code PHSE556
Subject Physical Education
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,590.98
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,357.07

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PHSE 326, PHSE 436
Limited to
BPhEd(Hons), PGDipOE, PGDipPE, MDanceSt, MPhEd
Suitable for students with an interest in physical education, dance, performing arts and other humanities students interested in teaching, choreography and NZ arts education
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Dr Ojeya Cruz Banks
Paper Structure
The paper covers the following main topics:
  • What is dance education? Who are the pioneers? What is the social history of dance education in Aotearoa/New Zealand?
  • Dance in the context of physical education and Aotearoa/ New Zealand
  • Critical studies in dance pedagogy and curriculum : What do culture, health, gender, disability and sex have to do with it?
  • Teaching philosophy and methods of dance education
All readings are available on electronic reserve.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this paper students will:
  • Present a research seminar
  • Facilitate a dance class
  • Write a literature review
  • Engage in independent research

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 9-13, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
P1 Thursday 10:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22