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Level A (Towards Foundation)

Level A Description

In Level A, students are exposed to dance. Dance assists them to attend to and explore the world around them with as much independence as possible. They experience dance and are encouraged to use...

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Level A Content Descriptions

Explore and Express Ideas

  1. Experience dance, safe movement possibilities and move their body parts intentionally in response to stimulus (VCADAE001)

Dance Practices

  1. Show general awareness of body position and own body when being moved by others during fundamental movement and dance sequences (VCADAD002)

Present and Perform

  1. Be involved in making and sharing dance that communicates ideas (VCADAP003)

Respond and Interpret

  1. React to dance (VCADAR004)

Level A Achievement Standard

By the end of Level A, students participate in dance activities. They move body parts safely and react to aspects of dance they make, perform and view.

Level B (Towards Foundation)

Level B Description

In Level B, students explore dance. They explore how dance can represent the world and they make dances to represent their ideas about the world. They share their dance with peers and experience...

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Level B Content Descriptions

Explore and Express Ideas

  1. Move body parts and experience safe movement possibilities when learning fundamental dance movements (VCADAE005)

Dance Practices

  1. Explore ways of moving in response to stimulus (VCADAD006)

Present and Perform

  1. Share dance to communicate a given idea (VCADAP007)

Respond and Interpret

  1. Respond to own and others’ dance (VCADAR008)

Level B Achievement Standard

By the end of Level B, students follow safe practice when moving body parts and performing dance sequences.

Students communicate responses to dances they make, perform and view.

Level C (Towards Foundation)

Level C Description

In Level C, students explore dance. They learn about how dance can represent the world and they make dances to represent their ideas about the world. They share their dance with peers and experience...

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Level C Content Descriptions

Explore and Express Ideas

  1. Explore dance ideas that use safe fundamental movement patterns (VCADAE009)

Dance Practices

  1. Explore dance movements to communicate ideas (VCADAD010)

Present and Perform

  1. Perform movement sequences to express ideas, feelings and/or observations (VCADAP011)

Respond and Interpret

  1. Respond to own and others’ dance and explore where and why people dance (VCADAR012)

Level C Achievement Standard

By the end of Level C, students follow safe dance practice to make and share dance sequences and movement patterns.

Students communicate ideas and feelings about aspects of their own and others’ dance.

Level D (Towards Foundation)

Level D Description

In Level D, students explore dance. They learn about how dance can represent the world and they make dances to represent their ideas about the world. They share their dance with peers and experience...

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Level D Content Descriptions

Explore and Express Ideas

  1. Develop safe fundamental movements and technical skills when exploring dance ideas (VCADAE013)

Dance Practices

  1. Improvise and sequence dance movements to communicate moods and feelings (VCADAD014)

Present and Perform

  1. Perform dance that communicates ideas, feelings, observations and/or experiences to an audience (VCADAP015)

Respond and Interpret

  1. Respond to dance and describe some of the characteristics they observe (VCADAR016)

Level D Achievement Standard

By the end of Level D, students make and share a simple dance sequence and demonstrate safe dance practice.

Students provide a simple explanation about the features and purpose of their own dance.

Foundation Level

Foundation Level Description

In Foundation, students explore dance and learn about how they can dance. They share their dance with peers and experience dance as audiences.

The starting point for Dance learning is ‘...

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Foundation Level Content Descriptions

Explore and Express Ideas

  1. Use fundamental locomotor and non-locomotor movements, body parts, bases and zones to explore safe movement possibilities and dance ideas (VCADAE017)

Dance Practices

  1. Use choreographic devices to organise movement ideas and create dance sequences (VCADAD018)

Present and Perform

  1. Use simple technical and expressive skills when presenting dance that communicates ideas to an audience (VCADAP019)

Respond and Interpret

  1. Respond to dance, expressing what they enjoy and why (VCADAR020)

Foundation Level Achievement Standard

By the end of Foundation, students make and perform dance sequences and demonstrate safe dance practice.

Students describe what happens in dance they make, perform and view.

Levels 1 and 2

Levels 1 and 2 Description

In Levels 1 and 2, students continue their exploration of how dance can communicate ideas about themselves and their world and they make dances to express their ideas. They share their dance...

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Levels 1 and 2 Content Descriptions

Explore and Express Ideas

  1. Use safe dance practice, fundamental locomotor and non-locomotor movements, body parts, bases and zones to explore, improvise and structure movement ideas for dance (VCADAE021)

Dance Practices

  1. Use choreographic devices to select and organise movement ideas and create and practise dance sequences (VCADAD022)

Present and Perform

  1. Use simple technical and expressive skills when presenting dance that communicates ideas about themselves and their world to an audience (VCADAP023)

Respond and Interpret

  1. identify where people can experience dance in the local community, for example, talking with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about how dance sustains and communicates cultural knowledge (VCADAR024)

Levels 1 and 2 Achievement Standard

By the end of Level 2 students use the elements of dance and fundamental movement skills to make and perform safely, dance sequences that express ideas.

Students communicate about dances they make, perform and view, and discuss where and why people dance.

Levels 3 and 4

Levels 3 and 4 Description

In Levels 3 and 4, students make and respond to dance independently, collaboratively with peers and teachers, and as an audience for other dancers’ work.

Students extend their awareness...

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Levels 3 and 4 Content Descriptions

Explore and Express Ideas

  1. Improvise and structure movement ideas for dance sequences using safe dance practice, the elements of dance and choreographic devices (VCADAE025)

Dance Practices

  1. Use choreographic devices to organise dance sequences, and practise body actions and technical skills (VCADAD026)

Present and Perform

  1. Perform dances using technical and expressive skills to communicate ideas and intentions to an audience (VCADAP027)

Respond and Interpret

  1. Identify how the elements of dance and production elements are used to express ideas in dance they make, perform and view, including in dances from local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (VCADAR028)

Levels 3 and 4 Achievement Standard

By the end of Level 4, students structure movements into dance sequences and use the elements of dance and choreographic devices to communicate their ideas and intentions. They make dances and perform safely with control, accuracy, projection and focus.

Students describe and discuss similarities and differences between dances they make, perform and view. They discuss how they and others organise the elements of dance to communicate ideas and intentions.

Levels 5 and 6

Levels 5 and 6 Description

In Levels 5 and 6, students are making and responding to dance independently and collaboratively with their peers, teachers and communities.

Students further develop their awareness of the body...

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Levels 5 and 6 Content Descriptions

Explore and Express Ideas

  1. Explore movement possibilities and choreographic devices using safe dance practice and the elements of dance to create movement ideas, sequences, and phrases (VCADAE029)

Dance Practices

  1. Develop technical and expressive skills in fundamental movements and body actions and use choreographic devices to create dance sequences (VCADAD030)

Present and Perform

  1. Perform dance with technical competence, using expressive skills to communicate a choreographer’s ideas (VCADAP031)

Respond and Interpret

  1. Explain how the elements of dance and production elements communicate ideas in dances from different contexts they make, perform and view, including in dances by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (VCADAR032)

Levels 5 and 6 Achievement Standard

By the end of Level 6, students structure movements in dance sequences and use elements of dance and choreographic devices to make dances that communicate ideas and intentions. They perform dances for audiences, demonstrating technical and expressive skills and safe dance practice.

Students explain how the elements of dance, choreographic devices and production elements communicate ideas and intentions in dances they make, perform and view. They describe characteristics of dances from different social, historical and cultural contexts and discuss how these influence their dance making.

Levels 7 and 8

Levels 7 and 8 Description

In Levels 7 and 8, students make and respond to dance, independently, with their peers, teachers and communities. They explore dance forms and styles through choreography and performance and...

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Levels 7 and 8 Content Descriptions

Explore and Express Ideas

  1. Use safe dance practice, elements of dance, body actions and improvisations to explore ways of making literal movements into abstract movements (VCADAE033)
  2. Develop their choreographic intent by applying the elements of dance to select and organise movement (VCADAE034)

Dance Practices

  1. Practise and refine technical and expressive skills in style-specific techniques (VCADAD035)
  2. Structure dances using choreographic devices and form (VCADAD036)

Present and Perform

  1. Rehearse and perform focusing on technical and expressive skills appropriate to style and/or choreographic intent (VCADAP037)

Respond and Interpret

  1. Analyse how choreographers use elements of dance and production elements to communicate intent (VCADAR038)
  2. Identify and connect specific features of dance from different times and locations, including the dance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, to explore viewpoints and enrich their dance-making (VCADAR039)

Levels 7 and 8 Achievement Standard

By the end of Level 8 students choreograph and perform dances to communicate ideas and intentions. They improvise movement and select and organise the elements of dance, choreographic devices and form to communicate choreographic intent. Students learn, rehearse and perform dances, demonstrating technical and expressive skills appropriate to the dance style and safe dance practice.

Students identify and analyse the elements of dance, choreographic devices and production elements of dances in different styles and apply this knowledge to dances they make and perform. They evaluate how they and other dance practitioners from different cultures, times and locations, communicate ideas and intentions through dance.

Levels 9 and 10

Levels 9 and 10 Description

In Levels 9 and 10, students develop a personal movement vocabulary that is informed by knowledge of dance from different cultures, times and locations.

Students build on their awareness...

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Levels 9 and 10 Content Descriptions

Explore and Express Ideas

  1. Explore personal movement style by combining elements of dance and using improvisation and safe dance practice to develop new movement possibilities (VCADAE040)
  2. Manipulate combinations of the elements of dance and choreographic devices to communicate their choreographic intent (VCADAE041)

Dance Practices

  1. Practise and refine technical and expressive skills to develop proficiency in genre and style-specific techniques (VCADAD042)
  2. Structure dances using movement motifs, choreographic devices and form (VCADAD043)

Present and Perform

  1. Perform dances using genre-and style specific techniques, expressive skills and productions elements to communicate a choreographer’s intent (VCADAP044)

Respond and Interpret

  1. Evaluate their own choreography and performance, and that of others, to inform and refine future work (VCADAR045)
  2. Analyse a range of dance from contemporary and past times, including dance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, to explore differing viewpoints and develop understanding of dance practice across local, national and international contexts (VCADAR046)

Levels 9 and 10 Achievement Standard

By the end of Level 10, students choreograph dances by manipulating and combining the elements of dance, choreographic devices, and form and production elements to communicate their choreographic intent. They choreograph, rehearse and perform dances, demonstrating safe dance practice and technical and expressive skills appropriate to the style and genre.

Students analyse choreographers’ use of the elements of dance, choreographic devices, and form and production elements to communicate choreographic intent in dances they make, perform and view. They evaluate the impact of dance from different cultures, times and locations.

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