Dance uses the body as an instrument for expression and communication of ideas. It encourages
the holistic development of a person, providing a way of knowing about oneself, others and the
world. It is a means by which cultural heritage is preserved and translated through time.
Engaging in dance allows students to develop important, lifelong skills. Dance provides
opportunities for students to critically examine and reflect on their world through higher order
thinking and movement. Through studying Dance as both artist and as audience, students will
develop a range of interrelated concepts, understanding and skills in dance as an art form and as
a means of social inclusion. Students will 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 will learn about dance as it is now and explore its origins across
time and cultures
Schools devise assessments in Units 1 and 2 to suit their local context.
In Units 3 and 4 students complete four summative assessments. The results from each of the assessments are added together to provide a subject score out of 100. Students will also receive an overall subject result (A–E).