Courtney Richmond : Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Courtney Richmond

Dance

After dancing for more than 15 years dance is more than a hobby for Courtney, it is a lifestyle. For this reason she chose Waikato University as it allows her to continue to grow her passion for dance as well as nurture her academic ventures. She has completed NZAMD examinations to advanced levels in Contemporary and Jazz as well as RAD Ballet, with continued excellent results. In 2015 she was co- Arts Captain at Paraparaumu College, was awarded the Paraparaumu College trophy for Performing Arts Person of the Year alongside her co- Arts Captain, as well as receiving a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship in dance. Courtney has also been a dance teacher for the last three years at her local dance studio teaching junior jazz and ballet classes, saying that this opportunity was so rewarding and enjoyable that it made her want to become a teacher. Courtney is entering her first year of studying a Bachelor of Arts with a focus on english, theatre and dance with the aim of becoming a Secondary School performing arts teacher so that she may help foster a love for the stage in the next generation.

Achievements

Tertiary Dance Festival Of Aotearoa - 27/06/2016

Performed at and atteded the Tertiary Dance Festival of Aotearoa, hosted by Auckland University, along with the other dance scholars. Attened workshops with nationally renowed teachers and choreographers. We also worked for weeks before the event to choreograph a collaborative dance with the other dance scholars to perform at the event. 

Gabriel's Special Topic Choreographic Project - 26/10/2016

Participated in Gabriel Bakers special topic choreographic project alongside fellow dance scholar Georgia. We met twice weekly for 2-3 months where we learnt choreography as well as contributing our own ideas to the piece. The end result was a choreographed contemporary piece with a largely spoken word element, drawing upon both dance and dramatic skill bases.

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