In Stage 1 Dance students develop aesthetic and kinesthetic intelligence, using the body as an instrument for the expression and communication of ideas. Through the development of practical movement skills and choreographic and performance skills as an artist and experiencing performance as part of an audience, students explore and celebrate the human condition. They develop an appreciation of dance as an art form as well as a life enrichment opportunity connected to mental and physical wellbeing.

Dance prepares young people for participation in the 21st century by equipping them with transferrable skills, including critical and creative thinking skills, personal and social skills and intercultural understanding. Dance develops individuals who are reflective thinkers who can pose and solve problems and work both independently and collaboratively. The study of Stage 1 Dance establishes a basis for continuing to study Stage 2 Dance and for further education and employment across many fields, including the art and culture industries. It also provides opportunities to develop and pursue lifelong social and recreational activities.


In this subject, students are expected to:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of the body, dance skills, dance elements, structural devices, production elements, and safe dance practice (Understanding dance)
  • apply technical and expressive dance skills in performance (Creating Dance)
  • communicate choreographic intent to an audience through composition & performance (Creating dance)
  • reflect on their own creative works as an artist and that of others as an audience (Responding to dance)
  • investigate dance in global contexts (Responding to dance).