The Ausdance skill set for teaching dance

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Develop skills and knowledge in teaching, safe dance and professional practice.

We know that great teachers, and dance, change lives. As dance becomes embedded in the National Curriculum, dance teachers will be in demand. Be prepared and armed with the latest teaching strategies and skills to make you a 'must have' for many schools, clubs and organisations.

The Ausdance skill set for teaching dance comprises a set of units that together indicate a person’s ability to teach dance in a knowledgeable, safe and professional way and which satisfies the profession’s high standards.

The training program is part of a five-year strategy to provide the dance sector with base-level accredited dance teacher training for the many dancers and dance teachers working in social, community and recreational settings who do not currently aspire to attain a university degree.

Since its first delivery in 2010, the Ausdance skill set for teaching dance has given many students a kick-start to a lifetime of dance teacher learning. Over this time, the skill set has been delivered in Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Queensland and Canberra.


The way the week was constructed allowed the amazing people in the group to connect and shine. Fantastic! Wonderful, interactive, friendly, relaxed & individually tailored.

I definitely feel more confident in teaching dance safely and have got some good ideas. Prepared me on many levels—organisational, confidence and new techniques.

I enjoyed being the student not the teacher for a change. I have learnt so much and it has also helped me to develop the curriculum for next year... So excited!

I had no business skills knowledge of what was involved in running or setting up a dance school, nor did I realise the complexity of it all—now I know what to do and who to contact!

The discussions were always valuable and diverse. The practical elements were also useful as they provided great ideas.

The skill set training has developed my skills for working with beginners and very young people. I am now teaching three-year olds, which I would never have had the confidence or skills to do before.

Where can I do the skill set?

The skill set is run by Ausdance Victoria. For more information visit Skill set for teaching dance on the Ausdance Victoria website. Or contact Sue Dent, Ausdance Victoria's RTO coordinator.

Skill set units

The skill set contains four units of competency. Two selected from CUA11– Live Performance Training Package and two from SIS10 – Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package. Both are nationally endorsed training packages.

CUADTM401A Plan and organise dance classes

This unit will help you to

  • understand educational frameworks and settings
  • learn about teaching methods and styles
  • learn to write lesson and unit plans
  • develop assessment, progress, and reporting tools

CUADTM403A Apply safe dance teaching methods

This unit will include

  • anatomy and alignment
  • physical and mental development
  • safe dance practice
  • first aid

SISCDAN301A Teach recreational dance

This unit will help you to

  • plan and conduct a recreational dance program
  • identify participants needs and expectations
  • identify community performance opportunities
  • evaluate your program

SISCCRO302A Apply legal and ethical instructional skills

This Unit will include

  • Australian Code of Ethics for teaching dance.
  • Statutory and legal requirements
  • Working with children check (Vic)
  • Application of ethical principals


The Ausdance skill set is intended for

  • graduates of full-time dance or physical theatre courses
  • registered teachers wanting to gain recognised professional learning in their field or to expand their teaching portfolio
  • independent practising artists working for organisations to present dance to students
  • freelance dance artists working in schools, community, social and recreational contexts or dance studios.

Applicants must have effective language, communication and interpersonal skills. Applicants must have a current First Aid Level 2 Certificate.


The skill set focuses on practical skills (i.e. competencies). It covers theory (e.g. anatomy and OH&S) and practical activities (e.g. practical assignments and presenting elements of a lesson).

Recognition of current competencies

Ausdance recognises AQF (Australian Qualification Framework) Certificates and Statements of Attainment issued by other registered training organisations.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

If you have gained skills from previous studies or industry experience, you may be able to gain exemptions through the Recognition of Current Competencies (RCC) process. A fee applies.


Total study time is 90 hours, with 70 hours face-to-face training within a group context. There will be some home study and assessment tasks.

Further study links and pathways

Successful participants will be prepared for teaching in social, recreational and community settings, and also in schools (but in a supervised capacity only).

Participants who wish to pursue further studies are advised that the following courses include one or more units from the Ausdance skill set for teaching dance.

  • CUA40211 Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management
  • CUA40311 Certificate IV in Community Culture
  • CUA40111 Certificate IV in Dance
  • CUA50111 Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)

Once you successfully complete the Ausdance skill set for teaching dance, you can apply for credit transfer on enrolment in any of the above courses.

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