New Zealand

Dance Studies

University of Auckland

Dance Studies, University of Auckland is the New Zealand member of the UNESCO UNITWIN Arts Education for Research for Cultural Diversity and Sustainable Development, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Dance Studies is a research led academic Department that aims to improve New Zealander’s quality of living and transform diverse societies through dance.
Dance Studies is a member of global organisations such as World Dance Alliance (WDA) and World Alliance for Arts Education (WAAE). Our research focus on dance and education; dance and community development; and, dance and creative practice, places Dance Studies, University of Auckland at the forefront of research.
Dance Studies has been chosen to partner with this UNITWIN network and other leading research institutions, such as the Finnish Academy funded ARTSEQUAL programme at University of Helsinki, in order to achieve UNESCO’s goals for education for sustainable development.

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Associate Professor Ralph Buck
Head of Dance Studies
Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries
University of Auckland
Building 421, Level 5, 26 Symonds St., Auckland, New Zealand
Associate Professor Ralph Buck (PhD) is Head of Dance Studies, University of Auckland, New Zealand. His research and teaching focuses on dance education curriculum, dance pedagogy and community dance. Ralph is currently working within several international dance research and service organisations such as, World Alliance for Arts Education (WAAE); World Dance Alliance (WDA); UNESCO Unitwin Arts Education Research (Singapore); and, ArtsEqual (Finland). Ralph’s teaching and leadership has been recognised by The University of Auckland Distinguished Teaching Award, 2008; Award for Leadership, 2010; Excellence Award for Equal Opportunities 2006; and, Creative Arts and Industries Research Excellence Award, 2016. His research in dance education is published in international journals and he has delivered invited key notes and master classes in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, Columbia, Sweden, Finland, Singapore, China, Denmark, New Zealand and Fiji.