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Dance Stage 2
Subject outline

Version 4.0 - For teaching in 2024.
Accredited in June 2019 for teaching at Stage 2 from 2021.

Stage 2 | Subject outline | Assessment design criteria

Assessment design criteria

The assessment design criteria are based on the learning requirements and are used by:

  • teachers to clarify for students what they need to learn
  • teachers and assessors to design opportunities for students to provide evidence of their learning at the highest possible level of achievement.

The assessment design criteria consist of specific features that:

  • students should demonstrate in their learning
  • teachers and assessors look for as evidence that students have met the learning requirements.

For this subject the assessment design criteria are:

  • understanding dance
  • creating dance
  • responding to dance.

The specific features of these criteria are described below.

The set of assessments, as a whole, must give students opportunities to demonstrate each of the specific features by the completion of study of the subject. 


Understanding Dance 

The specific features are as follows:

UD1 Knowledge and understanding of dance practices, such as the use of the body, dance skills, dance elements, structural devices, production elements, and/or safe dance practices.
UD2 Knowledge and understanding of appropriate language and terminology relevant to the dance context.

Creating Dance 

The specific features are as follows:

CD1 Application of skills using safe dance practices and techniques in presenting and/or creating dance works.
CD2 Communication of choreographic intent to an audience through composition or performance.

Responding to Dance 

The specific features are as follows: 

RD1 Critique and evaluation of a dance presentation, performance, or choreographic piece.
RD2 Analysis and synthesis of research findings to choreograph a dance work.