Dance Studies

Meet our Dance Studies graduates as they share their stories of studying at the University of Auckland and the careers they are pursuing.

Emma Broad smiles in the New Zealand Opera rehearsal space surrounded by costume racks

Bachelor of Dance Studies (Honours) graduate Emma Broad is drawing on the diverse skills from her studies to launch her career in the arts.

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Xavier Breed wearing a colourful cultural clothing, sitting down, legs crossed, arm moving in the air, mid dance pose.

Dance Studies graduate Xavier Breed discusses his time at the University, his career, advice to future students and more!

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Maddy poses with her hands in front of the studio mirror

Studying the Bachelor of Dance Studies opened up endless opportunities for Maddy to develop her performance skills and find her creative voice.

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Villa mid dance pose, in front of a mirror reflection of himself.

Successful freelance dancer and choreographer Villa says the Bachelor of Dance Studies taught him how the craft involves much more than just cool moves on stage.

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Cat Ruka gazes at the camera, wearing a white collared shirt.

Cat Ruka, the first Māori woman to be the executive director of Auckland's Basement Theatre, completed her masters degree in Dance Studies.

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Vivian poses against a grey wall, wearing a long navy jacket

Dance Studies graduate Vivian Aue, artistic director of AUĒ dance company, shares his journey.

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Person wearing all black clothing, and extending their arm out.

Trudy Dobbie’s Master of Dance Studies taught her a great balance of theory and practice and gave her an appreciation of different cultural forms of dance.

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