Dance in Practice


​​Does this subject contribute to an ATAR? No (Applied subject)

How many credits does this subject contribute towards QCE? 4

What is Dance in Practice? 

Dance in Practice focuses on experiencing and understanding the role of dance in and across communities and, where possible, interacting with practising performers, choreographers and designers.

Students create, perform and produce dance works in class, school and community contexts, and use their senses as a means of understanding and responding to their own and others’ dance works. This fosters creativity, helps students develop problem-solving skills, and heightens their imaginative,  emotional, aesthetic, analytical and reflective experiences.

Students explore and apply techniques, processes and technologies individually and in groups to express dance ideas that serve particular purposes. Students explore safe dance practices for themselves and groups. They gain practical and technical skills, employ terminology specific to dance, investigate ways to solve problems, and make choices to communicate through dance and about dance. 

What makes a student suited to Dance in Practice?

Students who achieve success in Dance in Practice 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
  • preparing or choreographing sequences of dance to a range of music
  • using the body as an instrument of communication
  • watching dance, reflecting on it, analysing its effectiveness and reviewing it
  • performing for a variety of audiences
  • being creative and or working with others on the creation of dance works
  • are interested in costume, hair and make-up, lighting and sound design, back stage or stage management
  • participating in creating and performing dance for different purposes such as exercise, entertainment, education, community events, competition, stage, cruise ships, commercials, advertisements or camera
  • recording and editing dance on film
  • choreographing, performing and appreciating dance works. ​

​What prerequisites must students meet in order to take this subject?
  • Year 9 -  Recommended background in dance (any style) or the study of dance in year 9
  • Year 10 - Recommended background in dance (any style) 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 with a cost of approximately $35 per year.

What materials or equipment do I need for this subject?

  • Appropriate costuming for performance tasks
  • Appropriate dance shoes - jazz shoes or foot undies
  • Year 11 - compulsory BYOD

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

  Unit OverviewsAssessment
Year 10Semester 1

Dance 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, as well as how dance can communicate a political/social/cultural issue.

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


  Semester 2

Dance Production:

Explore different choreographic methods to devise a routine that communicates an intent; 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

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 1

Moving Through Time
Explore Contemporary genre through the lens of Major Contemporary dance practitioners (e.g. Martha Graham, Mia Michaels and Alvin Ailey); and explore a range of Jazz styles such as Musical Theatre, Technical Jazz, Broadway Jazz and Commercial Jazz through historical and sociological contexts. 

Formative internal assessment 1:
• Product: Choreograph and perform a Jazz and/or Contemporary routine for an 'Arts Tour' (1-2 mins)

Formative internal assessment 2:
• Performance: Perform a teacher devised Jazz/Musical Theatre choreography (2 - 3 mins)

Unit 2
Moving with Technology:
Use scenery / media projection / camera techniques / lighting design / music editing / properties manipulation; choreograph a dance that makes a social / political or personal statement that is enhanced through the fusion of another technology; and view and analyse a modern dance that educates the audience about a social or political statement.

Formative internal assessment 3:
• Project – Plan and stage a dance on film production, including choreographing and performing, developing a design folio; Performance component (1.5 mins)

Formative internal assessment 4:
Extended Written Response–Exam  (500-800 words)

Year 12Unit 3Making Statements:

Research and analyse popular dance from the 1920's to present day, and their social and political contexts ; analyse and compare  video clips from the 1980's to present day of key influential performers and choreographers (e.g. Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars and Beyonce); and learn a repertoire, plan and produce a dance video clip for a community audience

Summative internal assessment 1 (IA1):
• Performance - perform a medley of
popular dance styles from the 20th
Century (2 - 3 mins)

Summative internal assessment 2 (IA2):
• Product – create choreography for a modern video clip (2 - 3 mins)​

(Students will present this dance to the primary school as part of an annual “Arts Tour"

Unit 4

Dance Industry:

   Participate in workshops understanding audition techniques / costume and make-up / head shots and resume writing / dance anatomy and safe dance practices; participate in a dance production that encompasses all areas of dance theatre. Performed in front of the local community as a graduation piece.

Summative internal assessment 3 (IA3):
• Project – Plan + stage a production for the public, including choreographing, performing, and organising

Performance component (1.5 - 2 mins)

Summative internal assessment 3 (IA3):​
• Extended response to stimulus (600-1000 words)

Last reviewed 04 August 2022
Last updated 04 August 2022