Bachelor of Dance Practice

Bachelor of Dance Practice

The Bachelor of Dance Practice is a specialised degree suited to individuals who are passionate about dance and who want to make it their career. With a combination of theory and practical knowledge, you’ll learn how to perform at your very best.

Course Snapshot

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Course Duration

3 years full time or part time equivalent

Online Learning

Selected units available online for students enrolled in courses that are not fully online. Online units in these courses are taught with a viable cohort of students. If the cohort in these units is too small to ensure an optimal student experience, the College reserves the right to alter the delivery mode to on-campus or mixed mode.
Dance Audition
In addition to the College’s entry requirements, this course requires an audition (linked to standards of dance technique and dance composition)


7 August 2023
4 March 2024


FEE-HELP approved (for domestic students) Payment plans & direct payment available Tuition payment arrangements must be confirmed upon admission to the college.

Study Mode

Face to face with selected units available online

Transfer Credit

An applicant may apply for an assessment of their prior learning at the time of applying for entry to an award course of the college.

Course Overview

An overview of the  Bachelor of Dance Practice

About the course

The Bachelor of Dance Practice qualification delivers a mix of theoretical and experiential learning that will allow work-ready graduates to secure dance-related opportunities across many different industry contexts.

This innovative dance course leverages ACPE’s longstanding expertise in offering the Bachelor of Dance Education, which is designed for those who are committed to a teaching career at secondary school level.

Course streams

The dance course revolves around four strands: Dance as Artform (9/24 units); Dance Industry (5/24 units); Health and Science (5/24); and Business and Professional Studies (5/24). 

A dance course combining creativity with practical training.

The result is a qualification that combines dance as an art form with dance as a means of self-expression, celebration, health and empowerment. Learning in the course privileges both artistic skill and accomplishment and activity aligned with personal fulfilment and the values of community arts practice.

Dance students at ACPE

Current students studying Dance at ACPE share their talent, inspiration and career aspirations while demonstrating their skill and passion for dance.

Course Structure

The full time course structure for the Bachelor of Dance Practice.

The Bachelor of Dance Practice can be completed in three years of full-time study or part-time equivalent. The course program is divided into six semesters, each of 12 weeks duration. Study involves approximately 16 contact hours a week, (excluding examination and study weeks).

This dance course is taught via lectures, tutorials, dance classes, performance workshops and seminars. Students also undertake two dance industry placements. 

Semester 1

  •  Foundation of Dance (Work Integrated Learning – WIL)
  •  Dance Composition 1
  •  Understanding Health
  •  Skill Acquisition

Semester 2

  •  Dance History
  •  Dance Production
  •  Popular Dance Styles
  •  Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology

Semester 3

  •  Classical Dance Styles
  •  Functional Anatomy
  •  Introduction to Sports Business
  •  Professional Integrity

Semester 4

  •  Dance and Somatics
  •  Dance and Technology
  •  Exercise & Social Development Through the Lifespan
  •  Building Professional Relationships (Work Integrated Learning – WIL)

Semester 5

  •  Dance Composition II
  •  Teaching Skills: Dance Studio
  •  Dance Promotion
  •  Dance & Health (Work Integrated Learning – WIL)

Semester 6

  •  Dance Performance
  •  Dance & Communities
  •  Introduction to Performance and Exercise Psychology
  •  Event and Project Management

Course Outcomes

Discover where the Bachelor of Dance Practice can take you.

As the dance industry continues to evolve, so do the employment opportunities available for graduates. Combining creativity with practical training, this industry-recognised degree is perfect for passionate individuals who do not anticipate a career as a teacher of dance in secondary schools but want to build a solid career within the dynamic dance industry. The Bachelor of Dance Practice is also a pathway course to the Bachelor of Dance Education.

Career Opportunities

Dance teaching in a range of roles including:

  •  Private studios
  •  Community organisations
  •  Primary and Secondary Schools (as a dance specialist teaching extra-curricular activity)
  •  Fitness organisations


Dance studio owner

Independent dance artist

Community dance facilitator

Organisational and artistic roles in dance activities for community development and/or performance

  • Dance administrator
  • Dance curator
  • Dance director
Further Study Options

Post graduate study in supporting affiliated units such as:

  •  Choreography
  •  Dance Therapy
  •  Arts Administration
  • Interdisciplinary Arts research 
  • Dance theory

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements of the  Bachelor of Dance Practice

If you are intending to enrol in a Bachelor of Dance Practice, you should look at these inherent requirement statements and think about whether you may experience challenges in meeting these requirements.

If you think you may experience challenges related to your disability, chronic health condition or any other reason, you should discuss your concerns with Director of Student Services and Campus Wellbeing. The Director can work collaboratively with you to determine reasonable adjustments to assist you to meet the Inherent Requirements. In the case where it is determined that Inherent Requirements cannot be met with reasonable adjustments, the College staff can provide guidance regarding other study options.

These inherent requirements should be read in conjunction with other course information and with material related to accreditation.

Each inherent requirement is made up of the following five levels:

  • Level 1 – introduction to the inherent requirement
  • Level 2 – description of what the inherent requirement is
  • Level 3 – explanation of why this is an inherent requirement of the program
  • Level 4 – the nature of any adjustments that may be made to allow you to meet the inherent requirement
  • Level 5 – examples of things you must be able to do to show you’ve met the inherent requirement

There are eight domains of inherent requirements in the Bachelor of Dance Practice. Some domains have a number of sub-domains.

  • Ethical Behaviour
  • Behavioural Stability
  • Legal
  • Communication
  • Cognition
  • Interpersonal Engagement
  • Strength & Mobility
  • Sustainable performance
Inherent requirement statements
1 Dance is a professional area that is governed by quality and professional standards where dance practitioners are both accountable and responsible for ensuring safe and professional ethical behaviour in all contexts.
2 Student demonstrates knowledge of, and engage in behaviour consistent with all relevant standards.
3 Justification of inherent requirement:

Compliance with the codes, guidelines and policies facilitates safe, competent interactions and relationships for students and/or the people with whom they engage. This ensures that the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of the individual is not placed at risk.

4 Adjustments must comply with standards and maintain ethical behaviour.
5 Exemplars:

Demonstrating respect for the diversity of family and community values and practices within academic, professional and work integrated learning settings.

Complying with privacy and confidentiality requirements in academic, professional and work integrated learning settings.

Demonstrating honesty and integrity in academic, professional and work integrated learning settings.

Inherent requirement statements
1 Behavioural stability is required to function and adapt effectively and sensitively in professional dance settings.
2 Students demonstrate behavioural stability to work constructively in diverse and challenging dance professional environments.
3 Justification of inherent requirement: Behavioural stability is required to work individually and in teams in changing and unpredictable environments. Dance students may be exposed to complex, stressful situations and will be required to have behavioural stability to manage these events objectively and professionally.
4 Adjustments must support stable, effective and professional behaviour in both academic and professional settings.
5 Exemplars:

Reflecting on practice and responding appropriately to constructive feedback.

Coping with own emotions and behaviour effectively when dealing with individuals in professional and community settings.

Inherent requirement statements
1 Students demonstrate knowledge and compliance with Australian law, professional regulation requirements and standards relevant to persons working with children, young people and their families.
2 Justification of inherent requirement:

Knowledge, understanding and compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements and standards are necessary pre-requisites to work integrated learning placements, to reduce the risk of harm to self and others.

Compliance with these professional regulations and the Australian Law ensures that students are both responsible and accountable for their practice.

3 Adjustments must be consistent with legislative and regulatory requirements.
4 Exemplars:

Complying with relevant child protection and safety legislation.

Complying with the policies of work integrated learning facilities, e.g. relevant Work Health and Safety legislation.

Adhering to requirements of informed consent, privacy and confidentiality with organisational, family and child information in professional and educational settings.

This course requires effective, verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills.


Inherent requirement statements
1 Effective verbal communication, in English, is an essential requirement to provide safe delivery of instruction and care.
2 Student demonstrates:

Sensitivity to individual and/or cultural differences.

The ability to understand and respond to verbal communication accurately, appropriately and in a timely manner.

The ability to provide clear instructions in the context of the situation.

Timely clear feedback and reporting.

3 Justification of inherent requirement:

Communicating in a way that displays respect and empathy to others and develops trusting relationship.

Communication may be restricted to verbal because of limitations of the individual (e.g. injury, disease or congenital conditions).

Speed and interactivity of communication may be critical for individual safety or treatment.

Timely, accurate and effective delivery of instructions is critical to individual safety, treatment and management.

4 Adjustments: Adjustments must address effectiveness, timeliness, clarity and accuracy issues to ensure appropriate treatment and management. Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with Director of Student Services and Campus Wellbeing.
5 Exemplars:

Participating in tutorial discussions and practising verbal communication skills during practical classes.

Establishing rapport with “clients” required for student assessment or other health professionals in the work placement setting.


Inherent requirement statements
1 Effective non-verbal communication is fundamental to physiotherapy and needs to be respectful, clear, attentive, empathetic and non-judgemental.
2 Student demonstrates:

The capacity to recognise, interpret and respond appropriately to behavioural cues and gestures.

Consistent and appropriate awareness of own behaviour.

Sensitivity to individual differences and/or cultural differences.

3 Justification of inherent requirement:

The ability to observe and understand non-verbal cues assists with building rapport with people and gaining their trust and respect in academic and professional relationships.

Displaying consistent and appropriate facial expressions, eye contact, being mindful of space, time boundaries and body movements and gestures promotes trust in academic and professional relationships.

Being sensitive to individual and/or cultural differences, displays respect and empathy to others and develops trusting relationships.

The ability to observe and understand non -verbal cues is essential for safe and effective observation of client symptoms and reactions to facilitate the assessment and treatment of patients.

4 Adjustments must enable the recognition, initiation of or appropriate response to effective non-verbal communication in a timely and appropriate manner. Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with Director of Student Services and Campus Wellbeing.
5 Exemplars:

Recognising and responding appropriately to cues and activities in classroom situations.

Recognising and responding appropriately to cues in the work placement setting.


Inherent requirement statements
1 Effective written communication, in English, is a fundamental health practitioner’s responsibility with professional and legal ramifications.
2 Student demonstrates the capacity to construct and model coherent written communication appropriate to the circumstance.
3 Justification of inherent requirement:

Construction of written text based assessment tasks to reflect the required academic standards are necessary to convey knowledge and understanding of relevant subject matter for professional practice.

4 Adjustments: Adjustments must meet necessary standards of clarity, accuracy and accessibility to ensure effective recording and transmission of information in both academic and clinical environments. Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with Director of Student Services and Campus Wellbeing.
5 Exemplars:

Constructing an essay to academic standard.

Constructing client notes, reports and data in a timely manner that meets legal and professional standards.

This course requires knowledge of theory and the skills of cognition, literacy, numeracy.

Knowledge and cognitive skills

Inherent requirement statements
1 Consistent and effective knowledge and cognitive skills must be demonstrated to provide safe, professional and competent practice.
2 Student demonstrates:

The capacity to locate appropriate and relevant information.

The ability to process information relevant to dance practice.

Ability to integrate, reflect on and and implement knowledge into practice in a timely manner.

3 Justification of inherent requirement:

Safe and effective practice is based on comprehensive knowledge that must be sourced, understood and applied appropriately.

4 Adjustments must support the student’s ability to acquire, analyse and apply knowledge.
5 Exemplars:

Ability to conceptualise and use appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items.

Appropriately applying knowledge of theory, research evidence, policies and procedures during dance professional and work integrated learning settings.

Literacy (language)

Inherent requirement statements
1 Competent English language and literacy skills are essential for safe, professional and effective delivery of content.
2 Student demonstrates: The ability to accurately acquire information and convey appropriate, effective messages.Ability to read and comprehend a range of texts and information.The capacity to understand and implement academic conventions to construct written text in a scholarly manner.
3 Justification of inherent requirement: The ability to acquire information and to accurately convey messages is fundamental to ensure safe and effective assessment and delivery of care. The ability to read, decode, interpret and comprehend multiple sources of information is fundamental for safe and effective delivery of care.
4 Adjustments must demonstrate a capacity to effectively acquire, comprehend, apply and communicate accurate information.
5 Exemplars: Conveying spoken and written messages accurately and effectively in a professional setting.Paraphrasing, summarising and referencing in accordance with appropriate academic conventions in written assignments.


Inherent requirement statements
1 Competent and accurate numeracy skills are essential for safe and effective dance practitioners.
2 Student demonstrates the ability to interpret and correctly apply data, measurements and numerical criteria in a range of contexts.
3 Justification of inherent requirement:

Competent application of numeracy skills is essential in health to facilitate the safe and effective delivery of dance services.

4 Adjustments must enable the demonstration of effective numeracy skills.
5 Exemplars:

Demonstrating competency in applying basic mathematics knowledge and skills in everyday life and in academic tasks.

Demonstrating effective use of numeracy skills in matters related to student learning.

Applying numeracy skills to interpret and solve problems in a range of educational and dance contexts.

Inherent requirement statements
1 Interpersonal engagement is essential to work effectively, sensitively and build relationships in the professional dance community.
2 Student demonstrates:

The ability to work effectively, sensitively and confidentially with children, young people, parents/carers and community member.

The ability to create rapport with peers, academic and professional staff conducive to effective working relationships.

Cultural competence, sensitivity and willingness to work with individuals in a complex and diverse Australian society.

3 Justification of inherent requirement:

The ability to engage effectively, sensitively and confidentially with peers and professional staff.

The ability to engage with people from diverse backgrounds and ability in various context.

4 Adjustments must enable appropriate levels of interpersonal engagement and behaviour.
5 Exemplars:

Participating in a respectful and culturally competent manner in tutorial discussion.

Collaborating, modifying and reflecting on their professional practice during work integrated learning setting.

Interacting with mutual respect, equity and dignity towards others.

Not Applicable.

Gross motor skills

Inherent requirement statements
1 Participation in physical activities and movement is required to function effectively in community and educational settings.
2 Student demonstrates the ability to move and perform gross motor function within the scope of practice.
3 Justification of inherent requirement:

Sufficient gross motor skills are necessary to perform, coordinate and prioritise care.

Tasks that involve gross motor skills include sitting, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, standing, twisting and bending. Students must be able to demonstrate and perform these tasks consistently and safely to reduce the risk of harm to themselves and others.

4 Adjustments must facilitate functional effectiveness, safety of self and others and a capacity to provide appropriate education and care.
5 Exemplar:

Demonstrating balance and control to safely execute dance movement.


Inherent requirement statements
1 Physical capabilities are required to safely and effectively perform the  learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes.
2 Students demonstrate the ability to perform dance skills in a variety of dance styles.
3 Justification of inherent requirement:

Standards of dance technique including fitness for dance (strength, endurance, flexibility), coordination, alignment and self-use are essential to safety and longevity in the dance profession.

4 Adjustments must address the need to perform the required range of tasks involved in dance assessments and work integrated learning placements.
5 Exemplars:

Demonstrating balance, control and endurance to safely execute dance sequences in classes and work-integrated learning placements.

Inherent requirement statements
1 Dance Practitioners require both physical and mental performance at a consistent and sustained level.
2 Student demonstrates:

Consistent and sustained level of physical energy to complete a specific task in a timely manner and over time.

The ability to perform repetitive activities with a level of concentration that ensures a capacity to focus on the activity until it is completed appropriately.

The capacity to maintain consistency and quality of performance throughout the designated period of time

3 Justification of inherent requirement:

Sufficient physical and mental endurance is an essential requirement needed to perform multiple tasks in an assigned period to provide safe and effective care.

4 Adjustments: Adjustments must ensure that performance is consistent and sustained over a given period.
5 Exemplars: Participating in tutorials and lectures consistently» Participating throughout regular dance classes with consistent engagement and physical endurance

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