Bachelor of Health Science (Dance)

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Not everyone wants to pursue the glitz and glamour of life as a professional dancer. For some, learning the science behind popular movements and dances is more rewarding than performing them on stage. If you're more interested in learning how to maximise the performance and improve the technique of professional dancers, then the Bachelor of Health Science (Dance) from ACPE is perfect for you.

Start your degree on campus or online in 2018. Course commences 5 March 2018.

Call us on 1300 302 867 to discuss your study options, enquire online or apply today for direct enrolment.

Entry into ACPE's Dance course requires an audition, in addition to the College's entry requirements. Please see the Admission Criteria for details.


On campus or online: 5 March 2018


Available for Domestic students


3Y FT or PT equivalent


On campus & selected subjects online


A unique fusion combining the artistic nature of dance with science.

The Bachelor of Health Science (Dance) is a specialised degree that uniquely combines the art of dance with scientific principles. 

This innovative new dance course leverages ACPE's longstanding expertise in Dance and Health & Movement, resulting in a qualification that offers substantial vocational skill and expertise across the breadth of the health science and dance discipline. 

This new course will serve to educate aspiring dance practitioners, health and dance researchers, dance educators and dance therapists alike about all aspects fundamental to the science of movement for dance. Given the main instrument in dance is the human body, students will learn how to apply scientific principles to dance movements, and develop a greater understanding of dance techniques and the risks associated with improper execution. Through this course students will gain an insight into somatic education systems and their application to the learning and teaching of dance technique.

The Bachelor of Health Science (Dance) is divided into three major study areas –

  • The Determinants of Health (Core) Stream introduces students to health promotion principles and provides an understanding of the social, psychological and cultural factors influencing general health and wellbeing.
  • The Bioscience (Core) Stream provides a background in the structure and function of the human body and explores the concepts of exercise physiology.
  • The Dance (Major) Stream provides students a background in dance with a scientific and evidence based approach to health and dance

What you'll learn

The Bachelor of Health Science (Dance) Degree can be completed in three years of full-time study. The degree program is divided into six semesters.

Semester 1

  • Foundations of Dance
  • Understanding Health
  • Chemistry I
  • Application of Maths and Statistics for Health and Sport

Semester 2

  • Dance Composition 1
  • Biology I
  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biochemistry and Nutrition

Semester 3

  • Dance History
  • Classical Dance Styles
  • Systems Anatomy & Physiology
  • Applied Exercise Physiology

Semester 4

  • Popular Dance Styles
  • Dance and Somatics
  • Principles of Health Promotion
  • Biomechanics

Semester 5

  • Dance Composition II
  • Professional Integrity
  • Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
  • Research Design and Epidemiology

Semester 6

  • Research in Action (Dance)
  • Psychology
  • Health and Physical Assessments
Students undertake one of the following three electives:
  • Small Business Management Principles
  • Exercise Prescription Throughout the Lifespan
  • Dance Performance

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.

Where this degree can take you

If you’re ready to take your love of dance and movement to the next level, then the Bachelor of Health Science (Dance) from ACPE is perfect for you. Study the science of multiple dance techniques with like-minded students, while you practice what you have learnt in our state-of-the-art dance studios. Graduates can find employment in a range of private and public institutions, with further study options available for ambitious students who want to forge a career in the education or health industry.

Job titles you could hold:

  • Dance instructor
  • Dance Advisor
  • Community Wellness Officer

Further study options:

  • Health Care Professional
  • Private Dance Teacher
  • Qualified Dance Teacher

Job Growth Insight


of Dance Teachers / Instructors have attained a Bachelors degree

Meet ACPE Student

ACPE is known for their focus on physical and health. The idea of studying with other like-minded people who are passionate about health and fitness was really appealing. ACPE has a fantastic reputation in the industry and therefore completing a degree at ACPE, whilst exceptionally educational, would be highly respected in the industry.
Katheen Breen
Bachelor of Health Science (Exercise)

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