Forum: New Zealand / New Zealand - General

Studying Dance At A Higher Level
By VenaCavaPremium member
On Mon Jan 08, 2007 04:53 AM

Hi! Right now I'm just going into year eleven and starting NCEA so naturally I am beginning to think about what I want to do with my life. I want to dance professionally, then become a teacher but I don't really know where to find places to study. My problem is that as far as my research has led me, you basically have to be a ballet or contemporary dancer to go to the schools/unis. I have no idea whether I'm wrong about this. Anyway, at the moment I dance Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Hiphop but my main focus is on jazz. I can't take vocational ballet anymore because of some persistant injuries but I'm enjoying the higher grades! So my real question is, are there schools here or overseas that you can specialise in jazz?

4 Replies to Studying Dance At A Higher Level

re: Studying Dance At A Higher Level
By SiyoNqobamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Thu Jan 11, 2007 03:23 AM
Edited by SiyoNqoba (34789) on 2007-01-11 03:28:35
Oh, you're in luck! I was looking for the exact same thing, and I found quite a few good schools.

Wellington Performing Arts Centre has a full time dance course that specialises in jazz. Apparently it's extremely good, I was going to go there but decided to wait a year and go to the school I'm about to mention next, hehe. For more information, email info@wpac.org.nz

Sole Movement Dance School is just starting a full time dance course that covers a wide range of dance styles, particularly jazz. Ballet is compulsory but, well, I'll only be in Intermediate when I start there, so it can't be too bad! Currently, it's in Warkworth, but it may move closer to Auckland. The best part is that you'd be attending it with a fellow DDNer - me! Hehe. The second best part (lol) is that all students are given the opportunity to sit the exams needed to teach the IDTA syllabus, not to mention the school feeds right into various performance jobs. For more information, email angeli@kol.co.nz, or PM me.

Overseas, Australia's probably the best place to go, because it's closer to home. It's extremely competitive though, so make sure you keep working hard. I do believe DW301 is amazing (my choreographer for Stage Challenge when I was Year 10 went there, just to name-drop, lol), and it seems to have a lot of jazz. For more information, email info@danceworldstudios.com. Of course, that's not the only one, I'm sure there's heaps more.

East Auckland Performing Arts is also apparently quite jazzy (hehe), but I dont know that much about it. I never considered it because it was too far to drive, but I didn't want to move there. However, for more information email info@eapadance.co.nz.

Look, I'd be happy to help you in your search, so feel free to PM me anytime if you need any other help. I hope you find something perfect for you :)
re: Studying Dance At A Higher Level
By VenaCavaPremium member
On Thu Jan 18, 2007 04:50 AM
Thanks so much! It really helps to have ideas and suggestions in one place as opposed to trying to figure out which places to look into :)
re: Studying Dance At A Higher Level
By VenaCavaPremium member
On Thu Jan 18, 2007 04:51 AM
Thanks so much! It really helps to have ideas and suggestions in one place as opposed to trying to figure out which places to look into :)
re: Studying Dance At A Higher Level
By Buggalugs
On Thu Feb 08, 2007 01:45 PM
Also, see the last issue of NZ Dancer magazine. they had a big article on all the different places in NZ that you can do dance full-time.

ReplySendWatch

Powered by XP Experience Server.
Copyright ©1999-2020 XP.COM, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
XL
LG
MD
SM
XS
XL
LG
MD
SM
XS