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.

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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Close up of Alaina wearing a grey sweater, sitting down and smiling. In the background there are 2 artworks hanging on the wall in frames.

Get to know how Alaina's dance journey started and her experience in our Dance Studies Programme.

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Close up of Natalia smiling

Natalia enjoys expressing herself through movement and has learned the theory behind it while studying a Bachelor of Dance Studies.

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Close up of Ayden smiling, resting arms on a wooden structure

Ayden Smith says that the Bachelor of Dance Studies degree has set him up for a variety of dance pathways.

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

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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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Grace Leong

Grace enjoys 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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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 Scholarshsip recipient, Mackenzie Henderson-Wraight.

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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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Myles Brown

Bachelor of Dance Studies student Myles shares his first year experience at university.

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Villa Lemanu says enrolling in the Bachelor of Dance Studies is the best decision he’s ever made.

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The Bachelor of Dance Studies has given Leticia Fortes the chance to get to know dance in her brain as well as her body.

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Doctoral student Kristie Mortimer wants to become a university lecturer so she can continue her research into dance.

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Bachelor of Dance Studies (Honours) graduate Leighton Rangi says the highlight of the programme is being part of a supportive, family-like community.

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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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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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