Dance / Year 5 and 6 / Creating and making

Curriculum content descriptions

manipulate the elements of dance and/or choreographic devices to choreograph dances that communicate ideas, perspectives and/or meaning (AC9ADA6C01)

  • exploring character and mood by experimenting with the elements of dance, developing ideas for a narrative dance such as retelling a story and combining ideas for each section of the story to structure the dance
  • exploring a stimulus or analysing other dances to devise a variety of movement possibilities, such as different ways to jump and land, roll and stand or spiral down to the ground, and then selecting, combining, arranging and refining the movements to structure a dance; for example, using some movements in a repeating section that alternates with contrasting sections
  • using Viewpoints to frame questions when reflecting on development of their dance, “How is the movement of the body used to represent a story, character or idea?”, “How can we use space, costume or multimedia to communicate meaning in this dance?”
  • creating a dance that focuses on use of technical and expressive skills such as control, coordination and balance
  • creating a dance that explores a theme or an issue such as a theme from a known text or an issue relating to sustainable ways of living
General capabilities
  • Personal and social capability Personal and Social capability
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and Creative Thinking
ScOT terms

Eye contact,  Dance purpose and styles,  Fundamental movement skills,  Audiences,  Dance,  Facial expressions,  Movement sequences,  Storytelling,  Dance composition


How can movement and music tell a story?

In this teaching activity, students will choreograph a sequence of ballet movements to tell a story. Students will explore conceptual and practical elements of classical ballet and learn basic ballet vocabulary through demonstration.


Kindred spirits: dancing our identity

Who are we and where do we belong? What and who decides our identity? People often ask these questions, and some may seek to discover the answers to them. In his dance piece entitled 'ID', choreographer Stephen Page explores what makes us similar, what makes us different and what gives us a sense of belonging. The clip ...


Dancing life into traditional objects: 'Artefact'

'Weaving' is a segment from a longer dance piece called 'Artefact', a richly spiritual work about breathing life back into objects from ancient times. Choreographer Frances Rings is a descendant of the Kokatha people of South Australia. The 'Weaving' segment was inspired by the traditional knowledge and practices of the ...


Dancing the Torres Strait winds to life: Kuki

Inspired by the natural environment, Torres Strait Islander choreographer Elma Kris created the dance 'About' as an expression of the effects that the winds (Gub) have on the land, sea and community. This clip shows the segment 'Kuki' (pronounced Cook-ee), which is inspired by the strong north-west winds that blow between ...


Storytelling through dance

Students will learn about how visual images can inspire dance and using expressive qualities to communicate these ideas. Students will also have the opportunity to reflect on their own work.


Australian collection

This database features a selection of Australian artworks from QAGOMA. The searchable database provides artwork images, background information about the artist and the artwork, classroom activities, a glossary of key terms and curriculum alignment information for teachers. Search results can be refined by theme, period, ...


Indigenous Australian collection

This federated search from the QAGOMA database features a selection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks from the collection. The searchable database provides artwork images, background information about the artist and the artwork, a map of major Indigenous regions in Australia, classroom activities, a glossary ...