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Study Dance at Otago

Dance and get inspired.

Add a Dance paper or a Dance minor to your degree, or take Dance as part or the Bachelor of Performing Arts.

We offer papers in popular culture dance, contemporary dance and dance for musical theatre.

The Dance minor

The Dance minor at Otago is a dynamic programme with exciting papers that will introduce you to innovative ways of moving, and inspire you to form your distinct choreographic identity and performance style.

All papers integrate practical skills and academic training in order to enhance your creativity, expand your knowledge and critical thinking and shape your identity as a well-rounded artist.

The exploration of a rich variety of dance styles, choreographic practices and performance opportunities will open up new possibilities of appreciating cultural and artistic diversity. It will enable you to experience Dance as a unique embodied knowledge.

You will also cultivate communication skills and confidence that will broaden your career opportunities in the dance and performing arts sectors.

Why study Dance?

The School of Performing Arts offers a unique opportunity to study Dance as an art form. Feel the exhilaration of moving, choreographing and performing as you explore a diverse range of dance styles. Develop an understanding, and a critical appreciation, of dance as a performative medium and cultural expression in local and global contexts.

Studying Dance will enable you to explore repertoire from New Zealand and international choreographers. You will engage with current academic research that will stimulate your critical thinking. You will be introduced to socio-cultural concepts and ideas that underpin dance, and discuss themes such as the interconnections between dance, transcultural identities and social media.

All courses integrate theory and practice with the aim to enhance your technical, performative and choreographic skills, and to expand your knowledge and appreciation of dance aesthetics. You will also develop your written and oral communication skills and your ability to work effectively both as a team leader and a team member.

Career opportunities

The combination of academic skills and practical experience will prepare you for a successful career as a dancer, performer, choreographer, researcher or dance educator in tertiary education or in the private sector.

Background required

While a basic understanding of the different dance genres would be useful, it is not essential.

All papers are designed to introduce you to different dance styles, techniques and basic choreographic principles that will inspire you to shape your unique choreographic identity.

All you need is energy and enthusiasm.

Teaching style

All courses have an interactive style lecture and a practical class.

The lectures set the socio-cultural or political context that foregrounds each dance form while the practical sessions develop technical, artistic, performative and choreographic skills of specific dance repertoires.

Minor subject requirements

Dance as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, BACom, BASc or BComSc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) or Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) degree

Papers Points

Five papers from:

at least three of which must be above 100-level, including at least one above 200-level.


Note: This minor subject is not available for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA).


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a selection of on-campus papers will be made available via distance and online learning for eligible students.
Find out which papers are available and how to apply on our COVID-19 website

Paper code Year Title Points Teaching period
DANC101 2022 Dance and Popular Culture 18 points Semester 1
DANC201 2022 Contemporary Dance Fusions 18 points Not offered in 2022
DANC204 2022 Dance for Musical Theatre 18 points Semester 2
DANC301 2022 Contemporary Dance Fusions 18 points Not offered in 2022
DANC304 2022 Dance for Musical Theatre 18 points Semester 2

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