This qualification reflects the role of dancers aspiring to work in professional dance companies. At this level individuals are expected to apply theory and creative skills in a range of situations and to display initiative and judgement in planning activities. They have autonomy in performing complex technical operations and can be responsible for planning, coordinating and evaluating the work of others within broad but generally well-defined parameters.
Possible job title relevant to this qualification includes:
dancer at pre-professional level.
Total number of units = 17
9 core units plus
8 elective units
The elective units consist of:
4 units from Group A
of the remaining units:
up to 4 may be from Group A and/or B
up to 3 may be from a Diploma in any endorsed Training Package or accredited course
1 may be from a Certificate IV or Advanced Diploma in any endorsed Training Package.
The elective units chosen must be relevant to the work outcome and meet local industry needs.
Candidates entering this qualification could be expected to demonstrate dance expertise through extensive vocational experience or in grades achieved in different dance styles through dance societies that run examinations linked to certification levels. It is recommended that registered training organisations (RTOs) liaise with relevant dance societies to determine certification level equivalence.
An audition or other form of evidence where the candidate demonstrates competence in at least one dance style at Certificate IV level.
There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements.
The following table contains a summary of the employability skills required by the creative industries for this qualification. The employability skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options. This table is a summary of employability skills that are typical of this qualification and should not be interpreted as definitive.
Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification
responding appropriately to feedback on own skill development and performance
consulting with peers and mentors about a range of issues related to own practice
communicating effectively and constructively with people from different cultural backgrounds and with differing abilities
engaging in critical discourse with colleagues and peers
presenting confidently in a competitive environment
working effectively in a team and acknowledging cultural protocols
working cooperatively with other performers and production personnel
discussing program requirements in a collaborative manner
performing complex dance sequences with a partner
dealing with complex and non-routine difficulties
identifying areas of weakness and planning practice accordingly
researching aspects of dance culture and history, and anatomy and nutrition, and incorporating findings into own practice
Initiative and enterprise
working creatively with music and dance
dancing with artistry and assurance
communicating mood, style and grace through dance
interpreting creative work from written notation
identifying exercises that best meet own physical conditioning needs
recovering errors with minimal disruption to performance
achieving own individual style of creative expression
Planning and organising
identifying a range of factors to be considered when developing an advanced exercise program
monitoring own work and introducing strategies to improve performance
planning work tasks in a logical sequence
setting work and practice goals
researching information on dance styles, history and concepts
planning for contingencies
planning for a sustainable professional practice
working to personal goals
preparing self for performance
applying safe dance practices and identifying risk factors
demonstrating professional work ethics
showing a consistent level of commitment
observing dance discipline and following direction
demonstrating reliability in all agreed work commitments
acknowledging cultural protocols in work and training contexts
developing strong dance technique
identifying opportunities to maintain and enhance industry knowledge
seeking feedback on performance from colleagues and mentors and integrating constructive advice into strategies for improving technique
practising strategically to overcome specific technique or creative expression problems
extending appropriate repertoire knowledge
executing a series of advanced body conditioning exercises using a diverse range of equipment
accessing and downloading information from the internet