Drama is offered to students in Years 9 to 13, with a semester option for Year 9 students and full year courses for Years 10 to 13. Entry requirements are outlined in the Avondale College Academic Programme. Year 13 Drama is a university entrance subject and Scholarship Drama is offered.
Each year level studies a variety of drama genres, for example Greek Drama in Year 9, Medieval in Year 10, Melodrama in Year 11, Commedia dell ‘Arte in Year 11 and New Zealand Theatre in Year 13. In addition, the basic acting techniques of voice, body, movement and use of space are studied at each level, as well as devising and presenting drama.
The seniors give evening performances for family and friends. Year 11 has one performance of Fairy Tales in Term 4. Year 12 presents an evening of Commedia dell ‘Arte in Term1 and scenes from plays in Term 3. Year 13 presents dramas based on the lives of famous people in Term 1 and scenes from plays in Term 2.
At Avondale College full year dance courses are offered to students in Years 10 to 13, and a half-year fun course is available at Year 9. The NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3 programme addresses 24 Achievement Standard credits each year, and the Year 13 course is also a University Entrance subject. Scholarship Dance will be added shortly.
Each year level studies a wide variety of dance genres; in Year 10, for example, students explore African, Kabuki, Salsa, Capoeira, Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Kapa haka, Contemporary, and Bollywood. Students also study the art of choreography and learn to critically analyse the dance works of others. Dance students in Years 10-13 attend live dance performance from companies such as Black Grace, the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the Atamira Dance Collective. We also have acclaimed guest tutors teach our students specialised skills; this has included artists such as Master China teaching Capoeira, dancers from the RNZB, as well as hip hop dancers Rina Chae (now professionally dancing in LA) and Andrew Jones (TMC).
Our students put on three Dance shows each year, showcasing their talent.
In addition to their classroom lessons, students are encouraged to get involved in the many extra-curricular dance groups that are operating.