Dance Studies

Dance education and community dance research

Supervisor

Ralph Buck

Discipline

Dance Studies

Project code: CAI001

This research aims to examine diverse dance education practices and theory in formal and informal contexts. A specific focus will be in relation to how dance pedagogies attend to UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Skills required: Dance education experience.

This project can accept up to three student participants.

Dancing like there’s no tomorrow

Supervisor

Nicholas Rowe

Discipline

Dance Studies

Project code: CAI002

This project explores how meanings, functions and values of dance are poised to shift within an unpredictable future.

Applicants should be coming from a dance-related undergraduate degree, and will be required to engage in field work gathering, interpreting and presenting understandings of dance, exploring new trends for dance knowledge in creative, educational and social contexts.

This project can accept up to three student participants.

Project in Artistic Research - Orientation and Expansion

Supervisor

Alys Longley

Discipline

Dance Studies

Project code: CAI003

How do we develop methods of orientation and expansion in artistic research? This project involves developing practices of artistic research, and exploring how ideas can unfold, especially when considering expanded approaches to documentation and writing.

This scholar will have the opportunity to participate in Proyecto Carton/ Cardboard Project in collaboration with artists in Santiago, Chile - developing digital platforms for international collaboration for dance both in terms of live feed and asynchronous practices.

This project can accept up to three student participants.

Collaboration, creativity and identity in the dance studio

Supervisor

Sarah Knox

Discipline

Dance Studies

Project code: CAI004

The dance studio context encompasses a multitude of complex relationships and modes of thinking and doing. Many factors can influence experiences of community, citizenship, and identity in dance-making and learning.

This project can accept up to three student participants.

Choreographic and performance research

Supervisor

Sarah Foster-Sproull

Discipline

Dance Studies

Project code: CAI005

This project explores choreographic, performance and creative practice. Choreographic exploration, tasking, analysis, discussion, and expanded creative methodologies will be utilised.

This project is ideal for students coming from a dance undergraduate degree who are curious about developing a rigorous practice embracing creativity, collaboration and critical thinking, as well as exploring new avenues for dance-making and creative practice.

This project can accept up to three student participants. 

History of Māori Contemporary Dance

Supervisor

Tia Reihana

Discipline

Dance Studies

Project code: CAI006

This project will involve the investigation of Māori Contemporary Dance archives.

Applicants will explore historical meanings, functions and values of dance that are distinct to tangata whenua creative and performing arts. Applicants should be coming from a dance-related undergraduate degree, and will be required to engage in field work gathering, interpreting and presenting understandings of dance, and the organisation of archival materials for analysis.

This project can accept up to three student participants.

Choreographic and performance research

Supervisor

Mark Harvey

Discipline

Dance Studies

Project code: CAI007

This project will allow the student to carry out their own research in choreographic practices from a range of perspectives of their choosing.

Examples of this can include but are not limited to Western contemporary dance practices, choreography in the expanded field, conceptual practices, live art and performance art, choreography for video and digital contexts, performance and perspectives in decolonisation and Tangata Whenua, collaboration, visual arts performance, social justice and performance, and ecological perspectives.

This project can accept up to three student participants.

Te Kura o Ngahere: Arts education in schools and Kauri Dieback and Myrtle Rust awareness

Supervisor

Mark Harvey

Discipline

Dance Studies

Project code: CAI008

This project will focus on working with schools with the arts around public awareness to do with Kauri Dieback and Myrtle Rust. It will be part of a wider research project titled Te Kura o Ngahere that is an interdisciplinary arts in schools research with the same focus, with National Science Challenge affiliation.

This project is open to various arts disciplines and will explore how a particular arts approach that is nominated by the recipient with the research team can help build ecological awareness. Mātauranga Māori will be reflected on in relation to this.

This project can accept up to three student participants.

Visual Organiser Application

Supervisor

Becca Weber & Allan Fowler

Discipline

Dance Studies

Project code: CAI009

This scholarship will fund the development of a prototype of a Visual Organiser App. Through using visual metaphors this app will help visually orientated students be better organised. The role of this application is for the Prototype Direction. Through this SRS the student will direct the development of the prototype and test the effectiveness of the prototype.

The prerequisite skills are: An understanding of visual learners and their needs; An understanding of current organisers or time management systems and their advantages and disadvantages for visual learners; An understanding of appropriate metaphors for self-organisation; An ability to investigate the effectiveness of the prototype.