Teach basic cultural dance technique

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to incorporate safe dance practice into the teaching of basic cultural and creative dance techniques.


Private dance teachers who specialise in teaching cultural dance apply the skills and knowledge in this unit.

Typically these teachers are working in private dance studios or in venues such as community halls, where flooring is appropriate for the safe teaching of dance.

At this level, teachers and instructors may be working from learning programs developed by others, and structuring lesson plans around those programs. Alternatively, they may be devising and conducting classes which are not based on any particular syllabus.


Not applicable.

Elements and Performance Criteria

1. Prepare for dance classes

1.1. Ensure dance elements or movements for classes are safely sequenced

1.2. Identify and minimise the effect of risk factors to the teaching of cultural dance classes

1.3. Check that learners are wearing appropriate practice clothing and footwear

1.4. Demonstrate appropriate warm-up techniques

2. Demonstrate basic cultural and creative dance techniques

2.1. Demonstrate to learners correct posture and body alignment appropriate to cultural or creative dance technique and movement

2.2. Demonstrate isolation and coordination of the upper and lower body in simple movement sequences

2.3. Demonstrate balance, flexibility, stamina, weight transfer and articulation of individual body parts in an integrated manner in a range of techniques

2.4. Emphasise the importance of control, attention to detail and memory when demonstrating simple sequences or enchaînement of dance steps

2.5. Emphasise importance of using presentation, rhythm and style appropriate to particular dynamics of the cultural and creative dance

2.6. Demonstrate the timing and phrasing relationship between cultural and creative dance movement and the accompanying music

2.7. Follow safe dance practice in teaching activities

2.8. Demonstrate appropriate cool-down techniques

3. Maintain expertise

3.1. Use feedback from relevant personnel about the quality of classes to identify areas of own teaching practice that could be improved

3.2. Use a range of sources to stay abreast of current industry issues and trends

3.3. Identify and participate in professional development activities as required

Required Skills

Required skills

communication, teamwork and organisational skills to:

respond appropriately to constructive feedback on own performance as a dance teacher

present confidently in teaching situation

seek assistance from others as required

group facilitation skills to ensure that:

every learner has an opportunity for participation and input

group cohesion is maintained

behaviour that puts others at risk is observed, interpreted and addressed

learning skills to:

provide feedback to learners by identifying areas of weakness

assist learners to plan their practice time

maintain own expertise by taking advantage of ongoing professional development opportunities

listening skills to:

monitor and adjust teaching as required

maintain correct tempo and phrasing in movement sequences

literacy skills to write or interpret instructions and feedback for the learners

problem-solving skills to:

memorise basic exercises and routines

respond appropriately to the unexpected in a teaching situation

self-management and planning skills to:

plan teaching sessions

maintain an appropriate standard of personal presentation in a teaching context

technical skills to demonstrate poise, rhythm, presentation and dynamics in basic cultural and creative dance techniques, such as:

at the barre

in the centre

simple balancing, turning and elevation movements

basic enchaînements of cultural and creative dance movements.

Required knowledge

anatomical foundations, including:

articulation of the spine

engagement of the feet

bases of support, including feet, legs, hands, arms and torso

range of joint motion

differentiation of the legs and pelvis

Australian Guidelines for Dance Teachers

cultural aspects of selected dance style, including geographical origins, social aspects, dance customs, costume and influences

cultural dance repertoire

cultural dance principles and techniques

dance teaching terminology

graded progress requirements according to dance society levels

issues and challenges that arise in the context of teaching cultural dance

OHS principles relevant to a teaching context

safe dance practice relevant to a teaching context

teaching and performance protocols.

Evidence Required

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

Evidence of the ability to:

demonstrate basic cultural dance technique in a minimum of two cultural dance styles

apply safe dance practice in teaching activities, including correct warm-up and cool-down techniques

demonstrate short and simple enchaînements within specified exercises

demonstrate musicality, expression, phrasing and correct timing, and sensitivity in a movement sequence

interact effectively and constructively with learners

maintain expertise.

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Assessment must ensure access to:

relevant resources and equipment

opportunities for teaching basic cultural or creative dance in either a real or simulated situation

a venue with adequate space and appropriate flooring.

Method of assessment

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence

third-party workplace reports of on-the-job performance

verbal or written questioning to test knowledge as listed in the required skills and knowledge section of this unit

direct observation, or video recordings, of candidate teaching a cultural or creative dance class

case studies and scenarios as a basis for discussion of methods, strategies and other issues involved in preparing for and teaching a cultural or creative dance class.

Assessment methods should closely reflect workplace demands (e.g. literacy) and the needs of particular groups (e.g. people with disabilities and people who may have literacy or numeracy difficulties, such as speakers of languages other than English, remote communities and those with interrupted schooling).

Guidance information for assessment

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

CUADTM403A Apply safe dance teaching methods.

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Risk factors may include:

inappropriate or worn-out footwear

trip hazards in the venue or facility, for example power cords

unsafe flooring.

Cultural dancestylesmay include:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander


belly dancing





magical, mystical or spiritual

Pacific Islander


ritual or sacred




Warm-up techniques may include:

barre and floor exercises

exercises for areas, such as:

body conditioning and strength development


isometric control

coordination improvement and enhancement exercises

muscle contraction and release

isolation and mobility of body parts

slow stretching

slow and deep breathing.

Body alignment refers to:

proper alignment of the torso, limbs, spine and shoulders, such as:

ear over the shoulder over the hips

knee over the ankle.

Techniques taught at a basic level must relate to:

steps specific to a cultural dance style

body alignment

exercises and sequences incorporating air work, e.g. rolls

floor work, such as:

abdominal strengthening


locomotor movements, such as:






non-locomotor movements where feet stay on the ground, such as:






maintaining rhythm and tempo

working at differing tempos

focusing eyes and mind while performing

working on-centre and off-centre.

Accompanying music may include:

instrumental music

live or recorded music

vocal music.

Safe dance practice may include:

understanding the body’s capabilities and limitations, including:


flexibility (mobility)

strength (stability)

cardiorespiratory endurance

muscular endurance

warm-up and cool-down procedures, such as:

gentle stretch

aerobic exercises

anaerobic exercises

breathing exercises

doing exercises and performing routines on flooring appropriate to genre and style of dance, including:

sprung softwood


sprung parquet

tongue and groove hardwood

resined for ballroom and Latin dance

non-slip for ballet

wood for tap and Spanish

correct execution of dance steps

appropriate clothing and footwear

nutrition and diet.

Cool-down techniques may include:

barre and floor exercises

exercises for areas, such as:

body conditioning and strength development


isometric control

coordination improvement and enhancement exercises

muscle contraction and release

isolation and mobility of body parts

slow and relevant stretching

slow and deep breathing.

Relevant personnel may include:


community members

dance school director


other teachers


people with different access requirements


Sourcesmay include:

print publications

resources available through dance societies

television shows


Industry trends and issuesmay relate to:

Australian Guidelines for Dance Teachers

dance teaching methodologies

emerging trends in different dance disciplines or genres

employment opportunities for dancers

safe dance practice.

Professional development activities may include:

industry events, such as:




workshops or seminars organised by dance societies or industry associations.


Performing arts - dance teaching and management

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.