“Consciousness expresses itself through creation…Dancers come and go in the twinkling of an eye but the dance lives on. On many an occasions when I am dancing, I have felt touched by something sacred. In those moments, I felt my spirit soar and become one with everything that exists.” - Michael Jackson
Dance at Taupo-nui-a-Tia College is a wonderful way to express yourself. It will boost your mood, it can help you forget your problems, it brings you into the present. You can lose yourself in the rhythm, the lyrics and in creating choreography. At Taupo-nui-a-Tia College studio dancers’ prior learning and skill levels are recognised. Individual learning programmes tailor made for the studio dancers acknowledge the work they have done in their studios and give them the opportunity to further enhance their dance journeys.
The Year 9 and Year 10 Option classes have a range of units to be flexible depending on the cohort and individual needs of each student. These units contain culturally responsive pedagogy and are designed to logically progress to allow students to see and monitor their development and skill levels. Students at both Year 9 and Year 10 have the opportunity to not only achieve and excel against National Curriculum levels, but also start gaining NCEA credits.
It’s astonishing how much dance has evolved, and Taupo-nui-a-Tia College Dance allow dancers opportunities to explore everything from the classics to the new fusions. Team work, support and encouragement are the corner stones of Dance. Since the start of Dance at Taupo-nui-a-Tia College, Academic excellence in as well as passion for this subject has been maintained. NCEA results show students consistently perform well above the National average. Scholarships have been gained. Many dance students have successfully auditioned and pursued journeys and careers in Dance after leaving Taupo-nui-a-Tia College. Dance workshops by established dance companies as well as renowned choreographers and ex-students who have furthered a career in dance, provide the dancers with unique opportunities to enrich their learning of dance at Taupo-nui-a-Tia College. A long history of participating in Dance competitions – against studio teams as well as other schools from around the Upper North Island – present students with yet another opportunity to showcase their skills and talents. The Taupo-nui-a-Tia College Dance Extravaganza bring the dancers’ class work to life and give whānau and friends a chance to support the dancers and experience the work they have done.
With hundreds of possible pathways available in Dance, the programmes in place cater for everything from Academic pursuits, development of choreography, enhancement of passion and joy to the simple appreciation of the performing arts. We’re always looking at improving and building on our success. We’re always looking at ways to pursue what we love doing. We’re always looking at making the world a better place through Dance.