Dance Studies students

Discover how Dance Studies is helping our students develop their physical and intellectual prowess and preparing them for careers in dance, the arts and community development.

Chas stands outside, wearing pounamu

PhD candidate in Dance Studies Chas Mamea is passionate about providing​ ​rangatahi​ with platforms​ to express themselves through danc​​e.

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Janaína stands outside smiling

The autonomous nature of the Dance Studies programme empowered Janaína Moraes to design her own PhD journey.

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Michaela stands smiling in a dance studio

Bachelor of Dance Studies student Michaela completed a Summer Research Scholarship project investigating the future of dance education in Aotearoa.

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Syrai-Tiare standing outside

As a PhD candidate in Dance Studies, Syrai-Tiare has been able to explore her cultural identity and sense of belonging through movement.

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Kendall Jones loves the self-directed nature of postgraduate research and has recently begun her PhD in Dance Studies.

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Anton Pulefale

Anton decided to study Dance Studies at the University because many artists he admired had studied it and he was curious to learn what helped them get to where they are.

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Mackenzie Henderson-Wraight at Dance Therapy New Zealand. Image: Christian Espinoza

A career in clinical psychology is on the cards for Master of Dance Movement Therapy student and Kupe Scholarship recipient, Mackenzie Henderson-Wraight.

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Grace Leong

Grace enjoyed the friendly community within the Dance Studies Programme, and has formed great connections with people who share the same passion for dance.

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Lily Carson

Read about Lily Carson's first year experience studying a Bachelor of Dance Studies.

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Maisie reveals the less-obvious yet crucial career skills cultivated in Dance Studies students.

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Close up of Ruochen posed mid dance move wearing a grey top

The desire to study abroad and be exposed to different cultures empowered Ruochen Li to pursue a Master of Community Dance at the University of Auckland.

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Lecturer Dr Tia Reihana shares her postgraduate experience, and explains how what's important to you and your communities is absolutely relevant.

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Mabingo smiling and leading a class while holding a drum

Alfdaniels Mabingo was attracted to the University of Auckland because it’s one of very few institutions in the world to offer a PhD in Dance Studies.

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