Stage 2 Dance

Stage 2 subject open to Year 11 students

In this subject students learn creative, technical, and physical knowledge and understanding, and an appreciation of dance as an art form through the study of technique, composition, choreography, performance, and critical analysis.

About the subject

Students develop their creativity, self-discipline, self-esteem, personal identity, and confidence through experiences that encourage collaboration and creative problem-solving, the acquisition of skills, knowledge, and understanding, and the development of aesthetic awareness.

Course Content

Stage 2 Dance is a 20-credit subject that consists of the following three areas of study:

  • Skills Development (choreography, technique, and a folio based on either the choreography or the technique study)
  • Dance Perspectives
  • Group Production


Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

School-based AssessmentWeighting
Practical Skills50%
Written Response20%
External Assessment

Information on the External Assessment - Performance

Students are assessed on one of the following: a dance performance; a choreographic work; a presentation of one or more off-stage roles chosen from the list in the area of study.

Dance performers are assessed in a group production, with time on stage of approximately 15 minutes. All performers must be seen in a solo, duo, or trio capacity for at least 1 minute consecutively. This may occur within group choreography.

Students who are assessed in choreography or one or more off-stage roles must conduct a presentation of between 10 and 15 minutes following the performance. A documentation folio of backup material must be submitted before the assessment, as supporting evidence. The documentation folio itself is not assessed.

The group production will be graded by external assessors with reference to the performance standards.

Performance Standards

The Dance Subject Outline includes performance standards, which describe five levels of achievement that are reported with the grades A to E at the student’s completion of the subject.

The school-based assessments and the external will be graded with reference to the performance standards.

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