Teach medium level contemporary dance technique


This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to incorporate safe dance practice into the teaching of medium level contemporary dance technique in dance studios or venues where flooring is appropriate for the safe teaching of dance.

At this level, dance teachers work without supervision. They are expected to apply initiative and judgement when planning lessons, which could be based on a specific syllabus or teaching resources they may have helped to prepare. Alternatively, they may be devising and conducting classes which are not based on a particular syllabus.

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

Elements and Performance Criteria


Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance Criteria

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Prepare for dance classes

1.1 Ensure dance elements or movements for classes are safely sequenced

1.2 Identify and minimise risk factors in the teaching of contemporary dance classes

1.3 Check that learners are wearing appropriate practice clothing and footwear

1.4 Demonstrate appropriate warm-up techniques

2. Demonstrate medium level contemporary dance techniques

2.1 Demonstrate to learners correct posture and body alignment appropriate to medium level contemporary dance technique and movement

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

2.3 Demonstrate a range of techniques that integrate balance, flexibility, stamina, coordination, weight transfer and control and articulation of individual body parts

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

2.5 Demonstrate correct timing and phrasing between contemporary dance movement and the accompanying music

2.6 Follow safe dance practice in teaching activities to minimise risk of injuries

2.7 Demonstrate appropriate warm-down techniques

2.8 Manage class dynamics and learner behaviour to encourage learning

3. Maintain expertise in teaching medium level contemporary dance technique

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 keep up-to-date with current industry issues, trends and codes of practice

3.3 Participate in professional development activities as required

Evidence of Performance

Evidence of the ability to:

demonstrate medium level contemporary dance technique

demonstrate correct warm-up and warm-down techniques and follow safe dance practices in teaching activities

demonstrate complex enchaînements

demonstrate musicality, expression, phrasing and correct timing, and sensitivity in movement sequences

interact effectively and constructively with learners

evaluate own teaching practice and identify ways to improve it.

Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided for each of the above points at least once.

Evidence of Knowledge

To complete the unit requirements the individual must:

in the context of demonstrating dance technique, explain the significance of the following anatomical foundations:

articulation of the spine

engagement of the feet

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

range of motion of the joints

differentiation of the legs and pelvis


key principles in the Australian Guidelines for Dance Teachers and Dance Industry Code of Ethics

contemporary dance principles and techniques

features of commonly performed contemporary dance repertoire

graded progress requirements according to dance society levels

issues and challenges that arise when teaching contemporary dance

key aspects of safe dance practice

protocols associated with teaching dance.

Assessment Conditions

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in creative arts industry environments. The assessment environment must include access to:

teaching resources and equipment

opportunities for teaching medium level contemporary dance in either a real or simulated situation

a venue with adequate space and a sprung or tarkett floor.

Assessors of this unit must satisfy the requirements for assessors in applicable vocational educational and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards.

Foundation Skills

This section describes language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills incorporated in the performance criteria that are required for competent performance.


Performance Criteria



3.1, 3.3

Seeks feedback and accepts guidance from others

Accepts opportunities to participate in formal professional development activities



Obtains information from written sources

Oral communication

1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 3.1, 3.2

Seeks the views and opinions of others

Obtains information by listening and questioning

Uses clear language and correct industry terminology to contribute information and express requirements

Navigate the world of work

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.6, 3.2, 3.3

Identifies and follows procedures and expectations associated with own role

Takes responsibility for following accepted industry practices in relation to safe dance practices and injury-prevention strategies

Maintains an appropriate standard of personal presentation

Takes responsibility for own professional development

Interact with others

1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 3.1

Ensures that every learner has an opportunity for participation and input during classes

Pays attention to the behaviour of others, interpreting a broad range of verbal and non-verbal signals

Interprets and addresses learner behaviour that puts others at risk

Demonstrates sensitivity to diversity, disability, culture, gender and ethnic backgrounds

Respects expertise and background of learners

Get the work done

1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 3.2

Adopts a methodical and logical approach to the process of preparing for and conducting dance classes

Facilitates the learning of others through competent delivery of dance classes

Monitors and adjusts teaching to meet group or individual requirements

Uses the internet as a source of information

Range Statement

This section specifies different work environments and conditions that may affect performance. Essential operating conditions that may be present (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) are included.

Techniques taught at a medium level must relate to:

changing directions

changing facings

changing sides (left to right)

conveying emotions through dance

correct posture, weight placement and alignment

demonstrating an awareness of personal and general space when travelling and stationary

energy placement techniques:

moving energy from the centre of the body to the outer extremities

shifting weight

moving from a standing position to the floor and vice versa

executing leaps

landing from jumps

interpreting rhythm to movement

isocentric and polycentric isolations

lifting techniques

responding to different time signatures

strengthening flexibility:

floor work



développés and contractions





using shape when moving in physically dynamic sequences

using arm lines appropriately

working in a cohesive partnership with a peer to interpret a dance style.


Performing arts – dance teaching and management