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Performance and Industry Opportunities

  • Real life performance:  Hagley Specific seasons, private events, functions and collaborative works

  • Choreographic:  design and perform your own works

  • Teaching:  take workshops and performances to like-minded students


Technique and practical study

  • Contemporary dance along with a range of classes that may include Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop,                                                            Improvisation, Pilates, Yoga, Anatomy, Fitness and Nutrition.



  • Gain Skills and practical experience working with specialist guest tutors

  • Explore your own choreographic style with opportunities to present your ideas to public audiences.

As a post secondary, pre-tertiary course of study, all applicants must be ages 17+.  Entry is by application, interview and audition.  Students who complete the course will be awarded a Hagley Certificate in Dance.  We also offer NCEA Level 3 Achievement standards in Dance.

Course fees

If you are Under 19 the course is free as it is funded by the Ministry of Education.  You will need to pay $40 for a Dance Project t-shirt only.

If you are 19 years or over the course cost is $440 (including t-shirt and guest tutor fees)


College enrollment fee: maximum $160


Classes and rehearsals are timetabled up until 3pm at the latest.  In 2021 the course was run from 1-3pm Mondays (2hrs), 9:45-11:45, and 12:30-2:30pm Wednesdays (4hrs) and 11am-1pm Fridays (2hrs).  Allowing to work part-time, enrolment in other subjects or courses at Hagley or other institutes.

about HDP

Hagley DANCE Project is an independent, part-time DANCE technique, choreography and performance course attached to Hagley College in Ōtautahi, Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand.  Hagley DANCE Project is an off shoot of the full-time Hagley Dance Company course which celebrated 21 years of providing high quality tuition and Contemporary performance experiences to young people all over the country.  To apply for our 2024 intake, please submit your application form here

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