Dance on Campus

There are other opportunities to be involved in dance on campus, in addition to enrolling in dance papers.

Dance on Campus: Contemporary Dance Classes


Where: The Dance Studio, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Gate 2B, Knighton Road, Hamilton.

Day time classes are offered to University students and staff and evening classes are available for the wider community. Some summer classes are also available.

Weekly contemporary dance classes aim to be fun and to develop body awareness and safe dance practice, explore movement on all levels, enhance fundamental dance skills, and offer opportunities for improvisation and expression through movement.

Day time classes are run by Unity Dance Club, the student dance club at The University of Waikato. The Unity membership rate is $20/semester for students.  Membership includes class attendance. Day time classes begin in March and are usually held on Wednesdays from 1-pm and on most Fridays from 1-2.30pm. For more than ten years, Unity Dance Club has had an active presence on the University of Waikato campus as a student club. Unity offers a fun, informal atmosphere for students to learn and perform dance, and to support their learning in dance papers and research. All students are welcome and the small club membership fee covers costs associated with classes, shows, workshops and social events. An AGM is usually held in April and students interested to learn and contribute to dance activities should get involved. Anyone interested in Unity Dance Club should find the club on Facebook.

Evening Community Classes in Contemporary Dance


The classes are run by Waikato Contemporary  Dance Projects Trust and are open to the wider community, suitable for dancers aged 15 years and over. (photo right of Marie Hermo Jensen taken by Komako Silver).

Keen dancers need to register early for these classes and fees apply per term. For more information visit

Waikato Contemporary Dance Projects Trust

Trustees Karen Barbour, Patti Mitchley, Mary Barbour and Marie Hermo Jensen established Waikato Contemporary Dance Projects Trust to advance education and benefit the community through participation in contemporary dance and related practices in the Waikato region. In particular, the Trust aims to increase the accessibility of dance in the Waikato region; to offer regular dance classes, workshops and performance events; to foster and support local contemporary dance artists of any age; to promote dance as a means to physical activity and wellbeing; to utilise dance as a vehicle for raising awareness about social and environmental issues; to pay operational and administrative expenses of the Trust and its projects; and to be an umbrella organisation to source funding for dance projects developed in the Waikato. For more information visit or find us on Facebook.

Dance Workshops

Workshops are hosted by guest teachers on campus during the year and are advertised on campus as well as more broadly. Most workshop are held on Friday afternoons from 1-4pm. Email Karen for more information.

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