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New Zealand Diploma in Dance

New Zealand Diploma in Dance (L6)

Turn your passion into a career and get prepared for the industry. Develop your skills in jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, commercial dance, lyrical, contemporary and ballroom dance. Train in our purpose-built studios and perform in live productions. Learn to market yourself, develop a professional dance portfolio, make a showreel and develop industry-standard audition techniques for global companies.

What you will learn

The New Zealand Diploma in Dance equips students with a high level of technical, artistic and interpretative skill in dance and provides the opportunity for practical performing experience. Students also study dance history, anatomy, nutrition and gain the skills to become a successful self-employed artist.

Students perform in many productions which showcase the breadth of dance styles they have mastered during their studies.

*Banner images produced by Jo Mohi, Reef Reid & Stephen A'Court.

Programme outline

Areas covered on this programme include:

  • Jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, tap, musical theatre and ballroom dance techniques
  • Acrobatic techniques
  • Body conditioning and Pilates
  • Performance/repertoire skills
  • Audition skills and preparation
  • Choreography
  • Dance styles/Ballroom techniques
  • Singing
  • Dance history
  • Anatomy and nutrition
  • Creative enterprise​

All classes in this course are streamed into different levels best suited for the student’s growth and learning needs. Our highly trained and experienced tutors work one on one with students to ensure their goals are being met and help with their transition into work from graduating.

More detail about this qualification

Entry requirements

Domestic students

NCEA Level 2 or equivalent, plus evidence of skills/ability/aptitude based on audition and interview

International Students

Proven equivalence to domestic entry requirements and IELTS 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5).

Find your country's equivalent academic entry requirements here

*For fee exclusions, please see our terms and conditions.

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Give yourself credit →

Use the knowledge you already have to fast-track your qualification. Workplace-learning, volunteering, professional development, other provider qualifications and online courses can be recognised as prior learning and put towards your qualification. Start by getting in touch with us, or find out more here.

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Last updated: 6/5/2024

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