Level 1 Dance

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Miss K. Hamilton

Recommended Prior Learning

To be accepted for this course students must have completed Year 10 Dance, or have received HOF approval

Level 1 Dance is designed to expose students to a variety of genres, dance performances, and choreographic processes. Students have the opportunity to gain credits through internal performance-based assessments and an end-of-year external written exam. 

Dance is a lot of fun and very hands-on. It demands much creative thinking, physical endurance, and time spent, both in and out of class, creating and rehearsing for performances.  

Students will also have the opportunity of attending live performances, participate in dance workshops with dance companies, and develop their ability to analyse and interpret a professional dance performance. 

Course Overview

What is taught in courses varies from year to year. This course could include:

1. Composing movements in pairs and groups to choreograph three original dance sequences, each focusing on different dance elements.

2. Learning and performing three dance sequences in a variety of dance genres (Jazz, African or Samoan, and Hip Hop or contemporary dance).

3. Learning and performing a group dance on stage to demonstrate ensemble skills.

4. Dance elements written assessment (alternative/optional).

5. Sitting an external exam to show their understanding of a dance performance they have studied as a class.


The Arts


Level 2 Dance

Drama and Dance are subjects that are helpful in career choices involving: youth work, teaching, journalism, sales and marketing, and any communication-based career. For talented students, there are growing opportunities in the film industry for actors, writers, dancers, choreographers, designers, and technical fields, such as costume, set, lighting design, and production.

Career Pathways

Dancer, Artistic Director, Entertainer, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Actor, Artist, Interpreter, Youth Worker, Secondary School Teacher

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Small charges may occur throughout the year for attending workshops and performances.

Pathway Tags

choreographer, costume, set designer, lighting designer, design, production., Actor, Artistic Director, Entertainer, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Artist, Dancer, Interpreter, Musician, Youth Worker, Secondary School Teacher


Please note that courses will go ahead only if student numbers, staffing, and timetabling allow it.  Where a subject is oversubscribed, and there are insufficient numbers or resources to create an extra class, a ballot system may be applied.  


The Board of Trustees has again asked to opt into the Ministry of Education donation scheme. Doing so resulted in the ability to waive student fee donations. Kaiapoi High School aims to deliver quality educational courses over and above those that which is funded by the Ministry. It is likely the School will opt into the donation scheme for 2023, however parental contribution for the costs of trips and activities where participation is optional, and/or components not covered by the Government grant, may be requested. We appreciate the financial support our families make to the School.