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Contemporary Dance

Do you dream of being a dancer or choreographing your own performances? Contemporary dancers use their bodies to express ideas and emotions on stage and screen.

Study contemporary dance at Unitec and you’ll become part of the most established contemporary dance programme in New Zealand. It's your path to a career that's challenging, varied and always creative.

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Please note: Unitec has paused the 2022 intake for the first-year Level 5 Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts (Contemporary Dance) students and won’t be accepting applications for 2022. If you've already applied for this programme, we'll contact you about suitable alternatives. Level 6 and 7 (Years 2 and 3) Dance cohorts will continue with a combination of on-campus and off-site delivery in 2022. Click here for more information. 

Study contemporary dance at Unitec and you’ll learn to choreograph and perform at a professional level. You'll spend lots of time in the studio working on dance techniques that include ballet, yoga, contemporary and improvisation. And you’ll put your hard work into practice in performances throughout the year.

Live performance is a huge part of your training. You’ll take part in solo and group work as well as projects by guest choreographers. Then there are your own dance projects, which you’ll choreograph for theatre, events, festivals and films.

At Unitec you’ll be part of the biggest film and performing arts department in the country. It means you’ll also get practical experience in sound and music design, video editing, costume, lighting, props and scenery. It’s a unique environment that mimics the dance industry, so you'll be able to hit the ground running when you graduate.


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Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts (Contemporary Dance) 7 Full-time for three years Professional dancer, Choreographer, Dance and performance artist, Dance teacher, Performing arts manager, Arts administrator February

Industry connections

Getting practical experience before you graduate is really important. Study contemporary dance at Unitec and you’ll benefit from our relationship with a range of industry organisations. We're also affiliated with the Beijing Dance Academy. 

  • DANZ – Dance Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Tempo Dance Festival
  • Black Grace
  • Auckland Arts Festival
  • Auckland Theatre Company
  • Silo Theatre
  • Downstage Theatre

The department also has connections to the Oryza Foundation for Asian Performing Arts and Creative Coalition.


Our contemporary dance facilities at Unitec include three large dance studios. As a student, you’ll practice in these studios and showcase your talents each year in several live performances at various locations, including Unitec's own dance studio theatre.

As a dance student you’ll also have access to some of the cameras, lighting, and sound equipment from the Screen Department.


To join Unitec's Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts (Contemporary Dance), you'll need to have an audition. Auditions usually take place around late October and we let you know how to prepare for it a couple of weeks in advance.

Find out more about upcoming auditions and interviews