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:
  • Using the body as an instrument of communication. 
  • Exploring differing contexts, genres and styles of dance 
  • Participating in various dance contexts, genres and styles 
  • 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 1Dance Apprentice: During this unit students train in a range of styles whilst exploring the audition and entry requirements for professional dancers in the 21st century. They will study the history and pioneers of Ballet and Contemporary Dance as the foundation of technique and will apply technique in a practical performance exam.
Dance Company-Australian Dance; Styles + stories: Students explore Australian choreographers and companies such as EDC, Sydney Dance Company, QB and Bangarra Dance Theatre and examine the Australian stories told within their works. This unit examines how dance can communicate a political/social/cultural issue.

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


  Semester 2Dance Production: They will explore different choreographic methods to devise their own routine that communicates an intent. They will explore the roles and requirements of a Dance Company in Production including; marketing, front of house, lighting, sound, costuming, make-up
Commercial Dance: In this unit, students learn about commercial dance styles including Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre. Students will perform a teacher devised class dance and choreograph and perform their own routine. Students also 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 1Popular Dance of the Youth Culture: The unit explores popular dance of the 20th Century and how it reflects the social and entertainment contexts of that era. Students will research dance video clips from the 80's to the present day, investigating key influential performers and choreographers, e.g. Michael Jackson. They will explore the processes of learning a repertoire, planning and producing a dance video clip for a community audience you will present his dance to the primary school students as part of the SCIM music camp that occurs each year.Formative internal assessment 1:
Extended response to stimulus
Evaluation of a dance/music video 600-1000 words
Formative internal assessment 2:
• Performance
Perform a  teacher devised choreography (2 - 3 mins
Unit 2On with the Show: The unit explores a range of Jazz style such as: Musical Theatre, Technical Jazz, Broadway Jazz and Commercial Jazz. The styles are explored through their Historical and Sociological contexts. Students will work collaboratively to create and learn dance works to present in a dance production for the local community. As part of the project students will need to keep a diary which includes supporting documentation around the overview decisions in the planning and modification of their creative processes.Formative internal assessment 3:
• Project – Performance component (1.5-2 mins)
Formative internal
assessment 4:
• Project – written component (500-900 words)
Year 12Unit 3Fusion - Technology and dance / Think outside the box: Students are shown a variety of methods that are used to enhance dance production through fusion of another medium or device to create unique and new art works. Use of virtual scenery / media projection / camera techniques / lighting design / music editing / properties manipulation. Students will need to choreograph a dance that makes a social / political or personal statement that is enhanced through the fusion of another technology. Students will view and analyse a modern dance that educates the audience about a social or political statement.Summative internal assessment 1 (IA1):
Extended response to stimulus
Evaluation of a dance/music video 600-1000 words
Summative internal assessment 2 (IA2):
• Performance
Perform a  teacher devised choreography (2 - 3 mins
Unit 4Dance Industry: This unit focuses on the dance industry and the knowledge and information that students need in order to actively engage with the industry. Workshops will be conducted in audition techniques / costume and make-up / head shots and resume writing / dance anatomy and safe dance practices. Students will be familiar with the commercial (Jazz) and company (Ballet) strands of dance and methods of seeking employment in these areas. Students will 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 – Performance component (1.5 - 2 mins)
Summative internal assessment 3 (IA3):
• Project – Performance component (1.5 - 2 mins)

Last reviewed 03 September 2019
Last updated 03 September 2019