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The Dance curriculum is structured around four interdependent strands, each of which involves making and responding.


StrandExplore and Express IdeasDance PracticesPresent and PerformRespond and Interpret

Focuses on exploring and shaping ideas to express and communicate intentions. Students use imagination and responses to stimuli such as observation, feelings, experience, research and dance they have viewed as sources of ideas. They explore movement possibilities and ways of using choreographic devices and manipulating the elements of dance.

Focuses on developing knowledge and understanding choreography, performance and appreciation. Students build their movement vocabulary and practise, skills, techniques and processes. They create, structure and organise movement into form, refining their work in response to feedback. They utilise safe dance practices.

Focuses on using physical and expressive skills and techniques in performance to communicate ideas and intentions to an audience. Students select and use production elements to enhance their performances. They plan how their work will be presented, rehearse and seek feedback to evaluate and refine their performances.

Focuses on reflecting, questioning and analysing as choreographer, performer and audience. Students engage with dance from diverse cultures, times and locations to build their knowledge and understanding of contexts for dance, dance traditions and how dance connects with other art forms and disciplines.

Achievement standards

In Dance, students progress along a curriculum continuum that provides the first achievement standard at Foundation and then at Levels 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10. 

A 'Towards Foundation Levels A to D' curriculum is provided for students with disabilities or additional learning needs in this curriculum area.

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