Victorian Curriculum F-10 logo 

Dance: Introducing the curriculum

The Victorian Curriculum Arts includes six disciplines: Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music, Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design (7-10). Each Arts discipline in the Victorian Curriculum has content descriptions and achievement standards, focusing on its own practices, terminology and unique ways of looking at the world.

In Dance, students explore the elements of dance, skills, techniques and processes through the practices of choreography, performance and appreciation. Students use combinations of the elements of dance: space, time, dynamics and relationships, to communicate and express ideas and intentions through expressive and purposeful movement.

Learning in Dance involves students engaging in dance experiences drawn from a variety of genres and styles including theatrical, traditional, social, ritual and other current dance styles and forms.

Across F-10, students explore dance from a range of cultures, times and locations. They begin with personal experiences of dance from their immediate lives and community and identify the reasons why people dance. Learning in Dance draws on the histories, traditions and styles of dance from a range of places and times including traditional and contemporary dance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and other dance from Australia, the Asian region, and other world cultures. As students learn about dance they broaden their experiences of dance genres and particular styles and use these as a springboard for their making and responding in Dance. They also consider how dance can communicate and challenge ideas about issues and concepts

The Victorian Curriculum Arts is based on two overarching principles, students learn as artist and as audience, and through making and responding. A four strand structure has been applied to each of the Arts disciplines. For Dance the four strands are Explore and Express Ideas, Practices, Present and Perform, and Respond and Interpret.

To view the Arts curriculum, please visit the Victorian Curriculum F–10 website.


A PowerPoint presentation outlining the key components of the Dance curriculum is available:

Introducing Dan​​ce​ (pptx - 313.42kb)

Contact us

Helen Champion, Curriculum Manager
(03) 9032 1723​