Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)

Get prepared for the commercial dance sector. Develop your skills in jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, commercial and lyrical/contemporary dance. Train in our studios and perform in productions. Learn to market yourself, make a show reel and develop industry-standard audition techniques.

The Diploma in Performing Arts (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 and gain the skills to become a self-employed artist.

Students perform in 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 and lyrical/contemporary dance techniques
  • acrobatic techniques
  • body conditioning/Pilates
  • dance history
  • anatomy and nutrition
  • performance/repertoire
  • audition skills
  • choreography
  • creative enterprise​
  • dance styles

Classes are delivered between 8.45am and 3pm. Students have the opportunity to collaborate with students who are studying a variety of performing arts programmes, including musical theatre.

Completion of the Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) provides a pathway into the third year of the Bachelor of Creativity (Performing Arts).


2019 Performing Arts auditions

Auditions for our performing arts programmes are held towards the end of the year. They usually involve workshops or groups classes as well as some individual demonstration. The Te Auaha Performing Arts Audition Timetable for October 2018 is available here.

Entry criteria

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)