Dance / Year 9 and 10

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Curriculum content descriptions

Analyse a range of dance from contemporary and past times to explore differing viewpoints and enrich their dance making, starting with dance from Australia and including dance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and consider dance in international contexts (ACADAR026)

  • investigating the influence of Australian dance artists, companies and practices, including Australians who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and those of Asian heritage
  • Considering viewpoints – histories: For example – What historical influences have impacted on this dance?
  • considering how global trends in dance influence the development of dance in Australia
  • Considering viewpoints – critical theories: For example – How are global trends in street dance influencing Australian dance? How effectively have ballet conventions been manipulated in this work to communicate meaning?
  • identifying the impact of media and social and technological changes on dance practice, for example, interactions between kinaesthetic and visual aspects of dance in forms that incorporate digital components
  • investigating the practices and traditions in dance and how people are influenced by their histories, societies, cultures and environments
  • exploring dance from different viewpoints, for example, analysing philosophies and ideologies that inform dance making in various societies and cultures
  • Considering viewpoints – philosophies and ideologies: For example – What political statement is this dance work making?
  • identifying how research and new ideas might enhance their own creating and performing practices
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Social history,  Aboriginal art,  Australian art,  Torres Strait Islander art,  Dance

Teacher resource

Bangarra Dance Theatre: 'Mathinna'

This is a rich multilayered resource about 'Mathinna', a dance created and performed by members of Bangarra Dance Theatre and inspired by the true story of a young Tasmanian Aboriginal girl called Mathinna, who lived in the early 1800s. The resource features sections of the dance called 'Father', 'Nursery' and 'Moonshine'. ...

Teacher resource

Interactive dance

This is a resource that focuses on creating dance using variations of lighting and multimedia. It features two videos with dance teacher Katrina Rank exploring dance improvisations using light and line drawing. The resource includes three further videos used as stimuli for activities; three activity sheets and a light dance ...

Teacher resource

The Nutcracker: primary and secondary school resources

The Australian Ballet's EduHub provides a range of resources about ballet including information on their productions. In this re-imagining of Tchaikovsky's the Nutcracker, the story of Clara is transported to 1950s Australia where the once famous Russian ballerina is reflecting on her past life and its triumphs and travails ...


Cinderella: secondary school resource

The Australian Ballet's EduHub provides a range of resources about ballet including information on productions. Alexei Ratmansky's Cinderella is a modern story ballet charting classic story to Prokofiev's cinematic score. Jerôme Kaplan’s costumes draw inspiration from Dior, Schiaparelli, the elegance of 1940s Hollywood, ...


The Sleeping Beauty: secondary school resource

The Australian Ballet's EduHub provides a range of resources about ballet including information on their productions. Told through the music of Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and the choreography of Marius Petipa and David McAllister (Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet). The website provides a rich collection of resources ...


Swan Lake: secondary school resource

The Australian Ballet's EduHub provides a range of resources about ballet including information on their productions. Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake is one of the world's most popular, traditional ballets. Siegfried is drawn to the lake and its secret realm of mystery and enchantment, where he falls in love with the Swan Queen ...


COPPÉLIA: secondary school resource

The Australian Ballet's EduHub provides a range of resources about ballet including information on their productions. This magical tale romps along to Delibes’ score. Swanhilda and Franz are in love…until Dr Coppelius’ haughty daughter appears. All is not what it seems and Swanilda must rescue Franz from the magician’s ...

Moving Image

Sharing stories: community

This is a rich resource about the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' communities and identities. It consists of an introduction; a teacher guide; a film, 'My people, the Karajarri people', made by Wynston Shoveller about the Mowla Bluff massacre in the Kimberley region in 1916; and a video interview ...

Interactive Resource

The Orb

The Orb is a collection of multimedia learning resources about Tasmanian Aboriginal histories and cultures. It explores the interconnections between people, Country, culture, identity, and the living community. The multimedia resources have between three and five sections in which Tasmanian Aboriginal people share their ...


Every dance tells a story

This online library provides teachers with links to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance performers, organisations, festivals and programs.

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STEAM: Learning Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in and through the Arts

This resource is a collection of videos to support practical teaching and learning of STEAM education. The videos presented are highlights from a full-day professional learning workshop hosted by ArtsEdge and Scitech in Western Australia in 2015. The videos focus on collaborative teaching and learning using ‘Steampunk Media ...


Polish dance costume, 1970s

This is a traditional Polish dance costume made in the 1970s in Whyalla, South Australia. It is sized to fit a girl aged 10-12 and consists of a skirt, waistcoat and wreath. The costume is richly decorated with embroidery, beading, sequins, braid and ribbon typical of the region near the city of Krakow in Poland.


Monte Carlo Russian Ballet - Original Ballet Russe, c1936: 'Les Presages'

This silent black-and-white clip shows home-movie footage of the final scene from the ballet 'Les Presages' (known in English as 'Destiny') performed by the Ballets Russes and choreographed by Léonide Massine. In this scene the figures of 'Fate' and 'the Hero' confront each other while a surge of dancers form diagonal rows ...


'Pacifica: Tales from the South Seas' - episode 1, 1993

These are two clips of television documentary footage describing the effect that the arrival of missionaries had upon traditional ways of living on Cook Island. It also includes a story about the survival of fishermen on a boat from Kiribati that was lost at sea but after three months, safely returned home. The clips come ...