Dance and the New Zealand Curriculum
Dance reflects the key concepts in the New Zealand Curriculum for the Arts through:
Relationships and connection
- Dance is a socio-cultural art form in which relationships and collaborations are naturally developed through co-constructive artistic practices.
- Dance requires sensitivity to and awareness of the actions, ideas, and responses of others to cultural practices and to conventions of particular dance forms.
Invention and creation
- Dance creation is a cycle of invention and reinvention.
- Dance works are created and re-created through the process of manipulating a range of elements, devices, structures, and choreographic devices.
- To dance is like "dreaming with your feet” (Constanze) where the learner is empowered to create movement based on feeling and on trial and error.
Embodiment and performance
(Dance- Teaching and Learning Guide TKI )
- Dance is self-expression through movement, which is felt in heart, body, and mind.
- Performance is integral to dance as the means to communicate ideas, concepts, stories, and feelings.
- Existing ideas are challenged and new ideas explored through the process of active reflection.
Dance at Lynfield College
Apart from the timetabled courses listed under the year level tabs, there are several extra-curricular activities that provide opportunity to develop students’ dance capabilities at Lynfield College.
- Participation in the annual school production as either dancers or choreographers.
- Participation from all year levels in the cultural dance performance groups that are established across the school at the start of each year.
- Students may also have the opportunity to participate in interschool competitions such as the Hip Hop Bring it On dance competition.
- Students undertaking the Year 10 dance course are able to achieve between 6 and 12 NCEA Level 1 credits in choreography and dance performance.
- Year 12 and 13 students who perform in the cultural dance festival in Term 1 are eligible to gain up to 4 Level 2 NCEA dance credits.
- Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13 students who perform as dancers in the school production are eligible to gain credits in either dance genre, theatre dance or choreography achievement standards at NCEA Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 .