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Bachelor of
Dance Education

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If you want to share your passion for dance and movement with the next generation, ACPE's Bachelor of Dance Education will prepare you for a professional career as a Teacher of these disciplines. Unlike other dance courses, this degree will allow you to develop your skills in dance, science, movement, health and education – helping you stand out from the crowd.

Commence on campus (July 2017) or online (August, September or November 2017). Call us on 1300 302 867 to discuss your study options, or enquire online.

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Applicants for the Bachelor of Dance Education are required to attend an audition and achieve a satisfactory outcome. The next dance audition for the Semester 2, 2017 intake will be held on Saturday 10 June 2017 from 10am to 12pm at our Sydney Olympic Park campus. Please contact an enrolment advisor on 1300 302 867 to apply for a dance audition.


On campus: July
Online: Aug, Sep, Nov




4Y FT or PT equivalent


On campus & selected subjects online


The Bachelor of Dance Education prepares graduates to teach dance in the secondary school system, or apply their skills and knowledge in other educational contexts.

The dance teaching degree is unique in Australia in that it positions the study and practice of dance as an art form within the broader context of physical activity and physical expression. Students who undertake this degree build a foundation for the lifelong development of skills and attributes appropriate to professional teachers.

Students simultaneously broaden their experience in dance and in physical education, in an environment that focuses on educational pedagogy. Both areas are supported by the study of personal development, health, and the anatomy of the human body.

Combining dance, health and teaching into one degree

Personal Development, Health, and Physical Education (PD/H/PE) is offered as a parallel course of study, enabling students to qualify in a second teaching method and a key learning area in secondary schools.

The Bachelor of Dance Education is endorsed by the NSW Department of Education.

Courses offered in this dance teaching degree include –

  • Dance classes
  • Performance
  • Anatomy
  • Health
  • Practical experience component

What you'll learn

The Bachelor of Dance Education can be completed in four years of full-time study. A maximum of eight years is allowed for students to complete the degree part-time. The degree program is divided into eight semesters, each of 12 weeks duration. Study involves approximately 16 contact hours a week (excluding examination and study weeks).

The course is taught via lectures, tutorials, dance classes, performance workshops, seminars, and individual tuition. Students also undertake four professional experience sessions in a range of schools.

Semester 1

  • Dance History
  • Foundations of Dance
  • Understanding Health
  • Skill Acquisition

Semester 2

  • Dance Composition I
  • Dance Production
  • Popular Dance Styles
  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Experience 1

Semester 3

  • Classroom Skills I
  • Curriculum Planning for Learning and Teaching HPE I
  • Classical Dance Styles
  • Practices in Movement
  • Professional Experience 2

Semester 4

  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Curriculum Planning for Learning and Teaching in Dance
  • Dance Analysis
  • Theory & Application of Playing Sport

Semester 5

  • Classroom Skills II
  • Curriculum Planning for Learning and Teaching in HPE II
  • Dance Composition II
  • Contemporary Youth Health
  • Professional Experience 3

Semester 6

  • Social Influences and Student Diversity
  • Curriculum Planning for Learning and Teaching in Dance II
  • Dance Performance
  • Elements of Movements

Semester 7

  • Teaching Skills: Dance Studio
  • Youth Health & Resilience
  • The Inclusive Classroom
  • Applied Exercise Physiology

Semester 8

  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Education
  • Current Issues: A Teaching Research Project
  • Dance and Technology
  • Literacy for Learning and Teaching
  • Professional Experience 4

Where this degree can take you

It doesn’t matter what style of dance you prefer to teach or where, your industry recognised qualification from ACPE will be your ticket to success. From tailoring class in your own dance studio to conducting performances as primary or high schools, the future looks bright for Bachelor of Dance Education graduates from ACPE.

Job titles you could hold:

  • Dance Instructor (Secondary schools)
  • Dance Teacher (Private studio)
  • Dance Coordinator (arts industry)
  • Community Wellness Officer (dance)

Organisations you could work with:

  • NSW Department of Education
  • Government & independent schools
  • Private dance studios
  • Community recreation bodies & centres

Job Growth Insight


Increase in employment for Secondary School Teachers in the next 2 years

Meet ACPE Student

ACPE was the only uni that offered the combination of Dance and PE so there was no other choice for me. Also because it is privately owned I knew that the experience would be much more personal in regards to your relationship with the teachers and other students

Rebecca Heagney
Bachelor of Dance Education

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