In the elective subject of dance students learn movement principles, stylised techniques, an ability to express ideas creatively and how to analyse dance as a work of art. They appreciate the dynamic cultural and historical role of dance through performance and composition.
Further information and teaching support is available on this page and the NSW 7-10 dance syllabus.
Performance: a means of developing dance technique and performance quality to communicate ideas.
- understanding of safe dance practice and appropriate dance technique
- demonstrates aspects of dance technique and the elements of dance
- demonstrates an understanding and application of performance quality and interpretation
Appreciation: a means of describing and analysing dance as an expression of ideas within a social, cultural or historical context.
- describes dance performances and analyses dance as the communication of ideas
- identifies and analyses how dance works of art express ideas
- applies understandings and experiences drawn from their own work and dance works of art
- values and appreciates their involvement as a dance performer, composer and audience member
Composition: a means of creating and structuring movement to express and communicate ideas.
- identifies and explores the elements of dance through stimuli to communicate ideas
- composes dance movement, using the elements of dance, that communicates ideas
Knowledge and skills creative arts (KASCA) dance framework
The KASCA dance framework breaks down the core components of the elements of movement & dance, dance artforms and dance practices into a series of lesson sequences. All lesson sequences come with ready-to-use differentiated learning and teaching resources and are available in an online format in this section and as an e-book (PDF 5.5 MB) that can be downloaded to your smart device.
Elements of dance card game files
Elements of dance, movement, the compositional process and safe dance practice posters (PDF 1.87MB) are available to print and display in your classroom.
Sample unit – study of dance
The following sample unit introduces students to the study of dance as an art form. It is designed to be the first unit of work taught in Term 1 and expected to last approximately 4 weeks.
The following websites may be useful resources for teachers of dance.
Ballet companies operates as a springboard to more than 3000 international dance and ballet websites including sites devoted to ballet companies, styles of dance, societies, choreographers, historical links and notable dancers.
The Dance Instruction Manual page on Renaissance dance traces the development of dance from the Renaissance to the 20th century with reference to the changes in style, steps and etiquette. Also included are several hyperlinks to additional sources and references.
Explore Dance is a web magazine that explores trends and important ideas which lie at the heart of dance. It contains a variety of resources including articles and photo essays of artists such as Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey.
Programs and resources
Writing about performance
A Stage 5 resource to develop students' skills in writing critically, descriptively and reflectively about performance in dance and drama.
To access this resource visit writing about performance.
Sample scope and sequence
The sample Stage 5 scope and sequence document provides teachers with an overview for programming and assessment in Years 9 and 10 dance.
CApture student filmmaking resource
The CApture student filmmaking interactive resource guides Stage 5 creative arts students through the collaborative processes of filmmaking.
Teacher support guide for programming and assessment
A guide to support dance teachers in delivering CApture - a Stage 5 creative arts filmmaking resource.
CApture teacher support guide for programming and assessment in Stage 5 dance (DOCX 164 KB)
Dance and technology
The Stage 5 Dance and technology resource is a comprehensive program where students investigate how technology can transform dance, with a focus on creating a dance film.
The assessment task requires students to compose, film and edit a dance film. It can be used alongside the sample dance and technology program.
Resources for Dance and technology
Learning from home resources
Student guided online learning sequences to support learning from home or in the classroom
Students are guided in completing a short investigation and submitting a brief report and reflection
If you need further assistance with accessibility for any of these resources, please get in touch with us at SecondaryEducationUnit@det.nsw.edu.au