East Auckland Performing Arts School

By: East Auckland Performing Arts School  05-Apr-2012
Keywords: Dance, Performing Arts, Arts School

The Diploma in Dance and Theatre Arts (NQF Level 5)

The Diploma in Dance & Theatre Arts is a two year course which is dedicated to preparing students for a career in the performing arts sector.

Students will undertake R.A.D. and I.S.T.D examinations as a part of their assessments.

Although all subjects are compulsory to obtain an all round training, it is possible for students to major in either Classical Ballet or Modern. The Diploma will be graded with Distinction, Merit or Awarded.

The minimum examination requirements to obtain the Diploma are:

  • Classical Ballet: Intermediate Level – I.S.T.D or R.A.D. Students majoring in Classical Ballet – Advanced 2
  • Modern: Advanced I – I.S.T.D & Jazz Awards  Students majoring in Modern – Advanced
  • Tap: Advanced I – I.S.T.D
  • Contemporary:  NZAMD
  • Music Theory: Optional External Examinations
  • Drama: Optional External Examinations

Non-examination subjects assessed through internal assessment:

  • Anatomy & Musical Theatre
  • Jazz & Dance History
  • Singing & Stage Management
  • Composition & Hip Hop
  • National Dance & Lighting

Performance experience is a vital part of the course.

Time is set aside each week for performance rehearsals. Students will participate in the general school performances mid-year and year-end. Opportunities to perform externally at festivals and promotions will be accepted whenever possible.

The Diploma in the Teaching of Dance

The course aims to provide students wishing to pursue a career in dance education, with the requisite skills and knowledge of dance theatre needed to teach.

Students will work to gain qualifications in:

Imperial Society of Teachers Dancing:

Modern, Tap and Ballet

Royal Academy of Dance:


Internally Assessed Academic Papers in:

Anatomy, Dance History, Child Psychology and Music Theory

Students will also participate in:

Contemporary, Singing, Drama, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Open Ballet (Including Vaganova Technique) and Repertoire

The Diploma in Teaching of Dance (NQF Level 6)

Is a three year full-time course, students must achieve a minimum of one teaching qualification as well as a minimum of three academic papers to be awarded their Diploma of Teaching of Dance.

However it is also a requirement to have studied all subjects regardless of which Associate or Academic papers are taken outside of examinations.

Students will also be expect to choregraph and perform in their anual performance. Year 3 students will be responsible for:

  • Lighting
  • Producing & Directing a Performance
  • Scenery & Programmes
  • Front of House & Sound
  • Advertising

The East Auckland Diploma of Teaching of Dance will be graded with Distinction, Merit or Awarded.

Although all subjects are compulsory to obtain an all round training in both Diplomas. It is possible for students to major in either Classical Ballet or Contemporary Dance.

Certificate in Performing Arts

In 2012 East Auckland Performing Arts intends trialling a new one year preparatory course designed to introduce students to the particular requirements of tertiary training in the performing arts.

The one-year course is designed for those students who are considering a career in the performing arts. It aims to bridge the gap between Secondary Schooling and Tertiary Training. The course would prepare students for the demands of training intensively in the performing arts.

The following modules would be offered in the EAPA Certificate in Performing Arts at an introductory level:

  • Contemporary Dance & Jazz Dance
  • Classical Ballet & Vocal
  • Acting & Physical
  • Theatre & Stage management
  • Performance & Culture
  • Research Skills & Theatre History
  • Tap Dance & Training
  • Theatre Musical & Essay Writing
  • Maori & Pacific Island

Any students displaying a high level of proficiency in any particular discipline would be given the opportunity to be included in the equivilant Diploma level class to ensure that they are working to develop their skills to the highest level.

Students would be expected to achieve a level of competency in each module, measurable by external assessment by an External Panel of industry experts.

Admission is by audition only. Targeted at students aged 8 – 12 years old the course encompasses a triple-threat education in the performing arts by including singing, acting and dancing.

Students are required to attend a minimum of three classes per week with extra rehearsals scheduled at performance times or when making short films.
To make an application for audition’s students should complete the specified application form.
First Auditions are held 7th of August at 10am.

Keywords: Arts School, Dance, Performing Arts, Performing Arts School

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