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Dance has existed as a vital part of every known culture throughout time. It is a distinct form of nonverbal communication that uses the body as an instrument of expression, articulating the culture and society from which it emerges. Dance exists today in many forms and is performed for a variety of purposes in differing contexts.

The study of dance as an artform that centres on the three practices of performance, composition and appreciation if dance works of art. Dance involves the development of physical skill as well as aesthetic, artistic and cultural understanding. Students learn to express ideas creatively as they make and perform dances and analyze dance works of art. They think imaginatively and share ideas, feelings, values and attitudes while physically and intellectually exploring the communication of ideas through movement.

The integration of the three practices of performance, composition and appreciation is a key feature of the syllabus. These practices are interrelated and equally important.

Dance is accessible to all students and encourages the physical, creative and intellectual development of each student. It encourages the creative and confident use of technologies, including traditional emerging applications in information and communication technologies (ICT). It caters for students with a high level of prior knowledge, skills and experience in dance as well as those without prior knowledge and experience.

Students may select Dance as an elective in years 9 and 10 or in years 11 and 12.

Dance in years 11 and 12 will be held at either Kelso High Campus or Bathurst High Campus.


Achievements for 2014 include:

  • Dance Ensemble and Yr 10 Dance selected to perform at the Western Regional Dance Festival.
  • Hannah Martin (Yr 10) and Kathleen Murphy (Yr 7) selected for the Western Region Dance Ensemble and performed at the State dance festival.
  • Performances at the Bathurst Eisteddfod which included 6 entries from Kelso High. Yr 10 won 1st place and Dance Ensemble received 2nd place in the High School’s section.
  • 12 Dancers from 7 – 10 selected to perform at the 2014 School’s Spectacular.
  • Kathleen Murphy ( Yr 7) who was selected as a member of the state Tap Ensemble and perform at 2014 schools spectacular.
  • A number of school performances including CAPA night 2014.
  • Rebecca Thornberry (Yr 9) and Jandalie Eldridge (Yr 10) selected to attend and perform with NAISDA Garabara Ngurra.