Courtney Richmond : Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Courtney Richmond

Dance

After dancing for more than 17 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 third year of studying a Bachelor of Arts with a focus on english, theatre and dance with a special interest in Community Dance practices.

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.

Performing in the Waikato Contemporary Projects Trust professional show "Handmade - 21/09/2017

In August/September of 2017 I learnt and performed a piece of group choreography by Karen Barbour, entitled "Take Five". This dance was then performed in the Waikato Contemporary Projects Trust season of "Handmade" at the Meteor Theatre in Hamilton. The piece was challenging and enjoyable to learn as it was choreograpphed to a 5/4 time signature, included multiple different pairings for partner work and lifts and was a long piece of high impact work. The process of learning and performing this piece in a professional setting was a wonderful experience and allowed to learn more about the dance industry and learn from the various professionals involved in the piece, both performers and stage crew. 

Dance facilitator for Life Unlimited After School Sports Program - 27/07/2017

In July/ August 2017 I was responsible for facilitating a six week dance workshop as a part of the Life Unlimited After School Sports Program which provides opportunities for young people with disabilities, aged 5-21 years old, to get involved with a variety of sport opportunities in Hamilton. This was an incredibly rewarding experience for me, as I was able to work with a wide range of students, sharing with them my own passion for dance and was able to see them flourish and grow in the short time we were working together. 

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