Dance (T/A)

The Dance course is open to students of all levels of dance experience. It enables students to perform, choreograph and respond to dance, encouraging them to become innovative and creative thinkers which are highly valuable skills for all career and industry pathways.

In Dance, students learn and explore various styles, techniques and performance skills. They discover and use the elements of dance, choreographic tools and safe dance practices and will develop their analytical and evaluative skills through the exploration of the social, cultural and historical significance of dance works, styles, companies and practitioners.

Students are given a minimum of two live performance opportunities throughout the year; MADD Night, which takes place in our very own College Theatre, and the Ausdance Youth Dance Festival which takes place at the Canberra Theatre.


Course Outline Example

Semester 1: Contemporary Dance

Semester 2: Dance & Entertainment

Semester 3: World Dance

Semester 4: Dance in the Community

Please note other Dance units from the BSSS may also be offered depending on student demand and availability of resources at any one time.



Dance and Entertainment

Students will learn sequences, technical exercises and choreographed dances in styles such as jazz, tap, ballroom, pop, commercial and musical theatre. They will learn about key choreographers of these styles and will explore the cultural contexts of specific musical theatre works. In this unit, students will also continue to develop and refine their understanding of the elements of dance, compositional processes and choreographic devices.


Contemporary Dance

This unit examines modern and contemporary dance through the study of modern and postmodern practitioners and companies from both the Australian and the international dance industries. Students will develop technical skills in contemporary dance and will learn about the choreographic process, including the exploration of various stimuli, the elements of dance and choreographic devices.


Dance in the Community

This unit will enable students to learn about dance as it appears in a community context, such as social dance, dance therapy and dance fitness. They will use the body as an instrument of communication and creativity to demonstrate and justify the elements and processes of choreography and they will develop an awareness of community principles such as integration and inclusivity through dance. Students will work as a group to develop a community performance and workshop model for a chosen group of primary or high school aged students.


World Dance

This unit includes the study of Ritual Dance and dance from other cultures. Students will learn and perform repertoire from specific countries and cultures and will investigate the social, religious, geographical and cultural contexts of these styles and their influence on dance today. Students will also choreograph their own works influenced or inspired by cultural dances.


Dance Foundations

In this unit, students will develop an understanding of familiar dance styles such as classical ballet and contemporary dance. They will learn about the composition process and movement practice and will develop theoretical skills. Students will also study various techniques, dance history and safe dance practices.


Dance in our Time

In this unit, students will study dance in contemporary society including one, or a variety of styles, such as jazz, funk, hip hop, street dance, rock n roll or contemporary dance. They will investigate the personal, historical and cultural context of the role of dance in contemporary society. Students will develop skills and techniques relevant to these styles, including the ability to choreograph their own dance piece.


Dance Production

This unit examines specific methods of approaching movement creation, including the use of costuming, lighting, sets, props and/or multi-media to enhance and develop a dance production. Students will perform their work with consideration of technical skills relevant to the style of choice.


Dance and the Media

In this unit, students examine dance as it is seen in commercial media such as advertising, music videos, television and print media. Students will explore dance through various media elements such as notation, storyboarding, video/digital camera techniques and editing. They will also learn specific dance techniques, aesthetic qualities of dance performance and choreographic processes.


Assessment Requirements

Year 11/12 Dance T

  1. Major Performance 30%
  2. Research Task 30%
  3. Choreography Task and rationale 40%

Year 11/12 Dance A

  1. Major Performance 35%
  2. Research Task 25%
  3. Choreography Task and rationale 40%

Contact the Performing Arts Coordinator

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