Senior Dance

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



​Dance is a General subject suited to students who are interested in pathways beyond school that lead to tertiary studies, vocational education or work. A course of study in Dance can establish a basis for further education and employment in the field of dance, and to broader areas in creative industries and cultural institutions.​
​By the conclusion of the course of study, students will:
  • demonstrate an understanding of dance concepts and skills in various purposes and contexts 2. 
  • Apply literacy skills to communicate ideas 
  • Organise and apply the dance concepts when choreographing dance in different genres and styles and in various contexts and purposes 
  • Apply technical skills in various genres and styles when performing 
  • Realise meaning through expressive skills when performing for particular purposes in particular contexts 
  • Create dance to communicate meaning for particular purposes in particular contexts 
  • Evaluate dance, justifying thee​


Unit 1
​Unit 2
​Unit 3
​Unit 4
Moving 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​
Moving 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​
​Moving statements

How is dance used to communicate viewpoints?

  • ​Genres:
    • contemporary
    • at least one other genre
  • Subject matter:
    • social, political and cultural influences on dance
Moving 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 and style


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).​

Summative assessments​

​Unit 3
​Unit 4
Summative internal assessment 1: Performance 
​Summative internal assessment 3: Dance work
​Summative internal assessment 2: Choreography 
​Summative external assessment (EA): • Examination