Dance Studies - Careers

What can I do with a degree in Dance Studies?


Careers in Dance Studies

A degree in Dance Studies opens up a wide range of career opportunities. Our graduates have found employment in:

  • The education industry; as teachers of dance in primary or secondary schools, university lecturers, or studio teachers;
  • The arts industry; as arts administrators, choreographers or performers;
  • The health industry; in dance training prescription, physiotherapy for dancers, or injury management.

A profile of Dance Studies graduates

Amber McIntosh BPhEd

Amber was born in Dunedin. She graduated from Otago University in December 2005 with a degree in Physical Education, majoring in Exercise Prescription and in Dance. Amber has become a national celebrity through her successful participation in the TV programme So You Think You Can Dance in 2006.

"I studied PE and dance studies at Otago University for four years before studying at Dunedin College of Education to become a secondary school teacher. While studying in Dunedin I co-managed, choreographed and performed with the Dunedin Casino Dance Squad, taught at and later managed Xtend Dance Centre, and travelled to as many dance workshops and forums as I could. My enthusiasm for dance extends throughout all dance forms and genres, and Otago University helped channel my inquisitive nature. Now being a high school dance teacher at Avondale College in Auckland, I aim to encourage and motivate students to believe in themselves and appreciate dance as much as I do."

Warwick LongWarwick Long PGDip MPhEd

Born in Auckland, Warwick gained a diploma in Performing Arts from Melbourne University and a certificate in adult education before embarking on our graduate programme. He completed a Master of Physical Education in 2002. His research examined the uses of Somatic Education within contemporary dance technique. During his time at the School of Physical Education, Warwick was also employed as a Teaching Fellow. He left Otago a few years ago to move to Montréal, where he has taught Somatic Education and Contemporary Dance Technique at the Université du Quebec à Montréal and Concordia University.

Warwick believes that Otago prepared him for his future career in Dance and Somatics:

"The thing I loved about working and studying at Otago was that I learned and developed a confidence to take on a number of diverse challenges and find ways to succeed.  The environment there supported and encouraged diversity while retaining an academic rigour."


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