Dance

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.

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 5.51MB) that can be downloaded to your smart device.

Lesson sequences

Aboriginal dance in Australia

Aboriginal dance in Australia unit of work. Use this unit to plan for, deliver and assess dance in Stage 4 and 5.

Dance through the ages

Dance through the ages unit of work. Use this unit to plan for, deliver and assess dance in Stage 4 and 5.

Exploring improvisation

Exploring improvisation unit of work. Use this unit to plan for, deliver and assess dance in Stage 4 and 5.

Musical theatre

Musical theatre unit of work. Use this unit to plan for, deliver and assess dance in Stage 4 and 5.

Pioneers of modern dance

Pioneers of modern dance unit of work. Use this unit to plan for, deliver and assess dance in Stage 4 and 5.

Constructing a composition work

Constructing a composition work unit of work. Use this unit to plan for, deliver and assess dance in Stage 4 and 5.

Choreographic forms

Choreographic forms unit of work. Use this unit to plan for, deliver and assess dance in Stage 4 and 5.

Safe dance practice

Students investigate safe dance practice, developing knowledge, understanding and skill in both theoretical and practical forms.

Exploring stimuli

Students begin to investigate the process of composition through exploring the role of the log book/process diary, the purpose of intent, the various types of stimulus for dance and how to explore these to generate movement.

Manipulating the elements of dance in composition

Students begin to investigate the elements of dance: space, time and dynamics, and how they assist the process of composition.

Dance posters

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.

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