• VCE Dancers

What is covered in the VCE Dance course?

Dance is the language of movement. This study is designed to develop a broad understanding and appreciation of dance through the integration of practical and theoretical aspects of learning in the context of composition and performance.

It also allows students to develop and refine their technical and compositional skills by exploring a personal and learned movement vocabulary and ways in which ideas are communicated in their own dance, and that of others.

The study is designed to develop an appreciation of dance through a exploration of:

  • The relationship between the body and movement
  • The elements of movement
  • The elements of dance design
  • Different approaches to choreography
  • Dance history
  • Human anatomy & safe dance practice

Movement and choreography are central to the learning process in dance. This process is approached through the integration of practical and theoretical aspects of learning in the context of dance making. (Improvisation & composition)Vet Dance Student

Units 1, 2, 3 & 4

Modules Covered:

  • Principles of Choreography
  • Technique solo
  • Composition Solo
  • Learnt Group Dance
  • Applied Anatomy
  • Dance History
  • Dance Analysis


Program Length: 2 years. Students to commence study in year’s 10 or 11.

(Commencement of the program will be dependent on an adequate number of students for enrolment)

Unit 1, VCE Dance

This unit enables students to explore the potential of the body as an instrument of expression. Students learn to apply knowledge of the safe use and care of the body in the development of their physical skills and body actions.

Unit 2, VCE Dance

This unit allows students to expand their dance vocabulary by exploring different ways of executing movement to produce contrasting qualities. Students apply their understanding of the expressive capacity of different movement qualities to the learning, composition and performance of dance works.

Unit 3 & 4, VCE Dance

In these units students develop and refine compositional skills by exploring ways in which the intention of the dance maker can be expressed through the arrangement of movement within a structure and through the use of spatial organization and group structures.

There are no pre requisites for Units 1, 2 and 3. Students MUST undertake Unit 3 prior to undertaking Unit 4.

It is recommended that students should have at least three to four years dance/movement experience prior to the commencement of VCE Dance.

Satisfactory Completion

This is achieved by demonstrating the achievement of the outcomes specified for the unit

Levels of Achievement

Units 1 & 2
Graded School based tasks

Units 3 & 4
School assessed course work (SAC) and two end of year examinations.

Percentage contributions to a student’s marks from different disciplines:

  • Unit 3 & 4 school assessed course work 25%
  • Units 3 & 4 performance examination 50%
  • Units 3 & 4 written examination 25%

Successful completion enables credit for up to 4 VCE units to the VCE Certificate



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