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DANC101 Dance and Popular Culture

An examination of the role of dance in popular culture in local and global contexts through integrated theory and choreographic exploration.

Paper title Dance and Popular Culture
Paper code DANC101
Subject Dance
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Schedule C
Arts and Music

Suitable for undergraduate students interested in dance, identity and performance.  No audition or prior dance experience is required.


Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Sofia Kalogeropoulou

Teaching Staff: Sofia Kalogeropoulou

Teaching Arrangements

This paper is internally assessed.


Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Course outline

Please contact the School of Performing Arts for a Course Outline.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Knowledge relevant to the field

By the end of this course students will have:

  1. Gained an understanding of the popular-culture dance genre
  2. Developed an understanding of the theories that inform studies of the genre
  3. Acquired aesthetic and technical skills of particular dance repertoires
  4. Gained an understanding of choreographic composition and performance

Academic skills

The course will enable students to:

  1. Construct effective academic essays that display coherent arguments
  2. Effectively communicate ideas orally
  3. Compose a choreographic work supported by an abstract entailing a concise description of the choreography, its rationale and aesthetic choices that shaped it

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 9-14, 16, 18-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 10:00-11:50 9-14, 16-22
A2 Friday 14:00-15:50 9-13, 16-22