Dance is expressive movement that has intent, purpose, and form. In dance education, students integrate thinking, moving, and feeling. They explore and use dance elements, vocabularies, processes, and technologies to express personal, group, and cultural identities, to convey and interpret artistic ideas, and to strengthen social interaction. Students develop literacy in dance as they learn about and develop skills in performing, choreographing, and responding to a variety of genres from a range of historical and contemporary contexts.
Dance is part of the curriculum and offered within the college Co-Curricular activities. We incorporate outside tutors to run small workshops to offer our students a taste of something special.
The Performing Arts Centre is used by the Dance students as a classroom throughout the year presenting their annual dance show Pulse. This is especially important as Pulse is showcasing the students work for NCEA.
Year 9 Dance is offered as a term course.
Students are introduced to Dance composition, performance work and Dance reflection.
Students learn to interact effectively with a diverse range of people in a variety of contexts. This includes the ability to listen actively, recognise different points of view, negotiate, and share ideas, participate and contribute.
Year 10 Dance builds on the foundation begun in year 9 Dance to establish performance and composition protocols.
The year’s programme is an action packed course, designed to give students a broad dance experience, develop confidence, and build stamina.
Students are exposed to a variety of genres, guest tutors, and Dance techniques to equip and prepare students for NCEA level one Dance.
Year 11-13 Dance explores a range of Dance practices and Dance techniques.
Level 1 Dance has a composition and performance focus, which builds a strong skill base and provides confidence in performance.
Students are introduced to a more structured approach to choreography, using dance devices, elements, and structures.
Level 2 Dance builds on this to develop choreographic skills and movement exploration and to develop ideas and opinions, with the addition of guest practitioners and live performances.
Year 13 involves independent research, challenging performance technique and pushing the boundaries of composition.
Stage Challenge, SDNZ, Bring it On, Kapahaka, and cultural dance group opportunities are offered at BDSC to promote cultural diversity, and provide performance opportunities for a broad number of students.