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New Zealand Diploma in Dance (Level 6)

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Level of Study



2 years

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

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.

Programme outline

Areas covered on this programme include:

Jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre and ballroom dance techniques

Acrobatic techniques

Body conditioning and Pilates

Performance/repertoire skills

Audition skills and preparation


Dance styles/Ballroom techniques


Dance history

Anatomy and nutrition

Creative enterprise

All technique 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.

Students have the opportunity to collaborate with other students who are studying a variety of performing arts programmes, including musical theatre.

Completion of the New Zealand Diploma in Dance provides a pathway into the third year of the Bachelor of Creativity (Performing Arts). In this third year of study, students train further to master and perfect their dance abilities and also learn techniques in teaching, choreographing, directing, lighting design and real-life experience in the industry. Students use these skills to develop their own show at the end of their studies.

Entry criteria

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

If you are not a first-language speaker of English, we require evidence of your English language proficiency. Evidence, such as:

  • IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no sub score less than 5.5
  • TOEFL Internet-Based Test (iBT) score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)
  • Cambridge English: FCE with a pass at Grade B
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PToE (Academic) score of 50

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