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Creative Arts - Dance Studies

Authority-registered Subject

Creative Arts - Dance is a subject designed to develop excellence in dance skills.  This subject caters for students who are gifted and talented and who wish to pursue a career in the Arts and/or demonstrate a considerable level of potential in Dance.

The priority of the course is for students with a strong level of technical ability and interest in the dance field, to further develop their expertise.  Public performance and interaction with professional artists is a priority of the course.  A variety of dance genres, dance-related skills and performance styles are explored.  Outside specialists and professional Arts practitioners will conduct workshops and provide insight into the Dance Industry.


Students should obtain application forms and audition information online or from the Performing Arts HOD by early August of the year prior to commencement.  Auditions and interviews will be held in August.  

Companion Subjects

Students who are accepted into this subject may also study the Senior subject Dance which provides vital skills and background knowledge and understanding. This is not a prerequisite but it is strongly recommended that students elect OP Dance as a companion subject.  Students may however elect Dance Studies as their only Dance subject.


  • Technique classes/studies
  • Composition
  • Audition process
  • Stage skills and theatre etiquette
  • Preparation and training for performances
  • Creating student devised productions
  • Exploring a broad variety of dance styles
  • Interacting with industry professionals


Students will be assessed under the Creative Arts Dance criteria of - Exploring, Knowing and Expressing.  They will participate in an Artsfest, Annual Course Production and School Musical (biannually).  Students will also be given the opportunity to participate in Dance festivals and competitions when these are applicable to the program.

Expectations and Homework:

Dance Studies will be undertaken in the normal class time allocation for the senior school, comprising of three 70 minute lessons each week.  Students require a high degree of commitment to this course and should be prepared to attend a considerable number of rehearsals in their own time.

Class and Assessment Uniform:

The following dance uniform will be required for dance class and practical assessments –

Girls – Full length black dancepants with roll over turquoise waistband and turquoise lycra singlet top with crossed spaghetti straps.

Boys – Plain black tracksuit pants with a Bonds light blue/or black cotton singlet (no logos or added colours on either).

The uniform is generally purchased by Year 9 students, however new enrolments to Dance in other year levels can purchase their uniform when a bulk order is placed early Term 1 or alternatively deal directly with the supplier: Heel to Toe Dance Wear, Sandgate.


A levy of approximately $150 per student per year will be charged.  This will assist in providing specialist tutors for workshops, excursion costs, CDs, course production materials, copying and costumes. Some extra excursion costs will need to be met by the students.