​​​Does this subject contribute to an ATAR? Yes (General subject)

How many credits does this subject contribute towards QCE? 4

What is Dance? 

Dance fosters creative and expressive communication. It uses the body as an instrument for expression and communication of ideas. It provides opportunities for students to critically examine and reflect on their world through higher order thinking and movement. It encourages the holistic development of a person, providing a way of knowing about oneself, others and the world.

Students study dance in various genres and styles, embracing a variety of cultural, societal and historical viewpoints integrating new technologies in all facets of the subject. Historical, current and emerging dance practices, works and artists are explored in global contexts and Australian contexts, including the dance of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Students learn about dance as it is now and explore its origins across time and cultures.

Students apply critical thinking and literacy skills to create, demonstrate, express and reflect on meaning made through movement. Exploring dance through the lens of making and responding,  students learn to pose and solve problems, and work independently and collaboratively. They develop aesthetic and kinaesthetic intelligence, and personal and social skills

What makes a student suited to Dance?

Students who achieve success in Dance are those who enjoy: 

  • generating and experimenting with ideas by using technologies
  • developing personal skills including self-discipline, problem-solving, and project management
  • demonstrating their ability to work individually and collaboratively to achieve goals
  • learning different styles of dance from different social, cultural or historical contexts
  • being extended and challenged as a dance technician, developing strong technique and performance skills
  • choreographing solo and group dance works for varying purposes such as to challenge, educate, empower, provoke, celebrate, inform, empathise or entertain an audience
  • exploring and experimenting with technical and production skills to create meaning
  • watching, analysing, interpreting and evaluating dance works from different social, cultural or historical contexts and justifying these in extended written formats​

What prerequisites must students meet in order to take this subject?

  • Year 9 - minimum C Standard in Year 9 Core English (Recommended background in dance in any genre)
  • Year 10 - minimum C Standard in Year 9 Core English (Recommended background in dance in any genre OR the study of dance in year 10)

What is the cost of this subject?

Students are expected to attend one live performance a year (approximately $50 per year)
Students are expected to participate in a learning experience with a guest artist, choreographer or performer (approximately $20 per year).

What materials or equipment do I need for this subject?​

  • Appropriate costuming for performance and choreography tasks
  • Appropriate dance shoes – eg. Jazz shoes or lyrical turners
  • Compulsory BYOD with video and music editing software from Year 10
  • Personal headphones and personal device such as Smart Phone for recording work, accessing personal music and music/video editing software

What do students study in this subject and how are they assessed?

  Unit OverviewsAssessment
Year 10Semester 1Dance Apprentice:

train in a range of styles, exploring audition and entry requirements for professional dancers
study the history and pioneers of Ballet and Contemporary Dance as the foundation of technique

apply technique in a practical performance exam.

Dance Company-Australian Dance; Styles + stories:
explore Australian choreographers and companies such as EDC, Sydney Dance Company, QB and Bangarra Dance Theatre

examine Australian stories told within their works.
examine how dance can communicate a political/social/cultural issue.

Summative assessment 1:
· Performance
Summative assessment 2:
· Extended Written Response


  Semester 2

Dance Production:
explore different choreographic methods to devise a routine that communicates an intent.
explore roles and requirements of a Dance Company in Production including; marketing, front of house, lighting, sound, costuming, make-up

Commercial Dance:
learn about commercial dance styles including Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre.
perform a teacher-devised class dance and choreograph and perform a routine.
respond to a dance work production in an unseen analytical essay exam.

Summative internal assessment 3:
• Project
Choreography, Performance and Multi-Modal Presentation
Summative internal assessment 4:
• Project
-Class Dance
-Student choreography
• Unseen Written Exam
Year 11Unit 1Moving bodies
How does dance communicate meaning for different purposes and in different contexts?
• Genres: Contemporary
­ at least one other genre
• Subject matter: meaning, purpose and context historical and cultural origins of focus genres
Formative internal assessment 1: 20%
• Performance
Formative internal assessment 2: 20%
• Choreography
Unit 2Moving through environments
How does the integration of the environment shape dance to   communicate meaning?
• Genres: Contemporary
­ at least one other genre
• Subject matter: physical dance environments including site-specific dance virtual dance environments
Formative internal assessment 3: 35%
• Project — dance work Formative internal assessment 4: 25%
• Examination — extended response
Year 12Unit 3Moving statements
How is dance used to communicate viewpoints?
• Genres: Contemporary at least one other genre
• Subject matter: social, political and cultural influences on dance
Summative internal assessment 1 (IA1): 20%
• Performance
Summative internal assessment 2 (IA2): 20%
• Choreography
Unit 4Moving my way
How does dance communicate meaning for me?
• Genres: fusion of movement styles
• Subject matter: developing a personal movement style personal viewpoints and influences on genre
Summative internal assessment 3 (IA3): 35%
• Project — dance work
Summative external assessment (EA): 25%
• Examination — extended response

Last reviewed 04 August 2022
Last updated 04 August 2022