2013 Dance Education in Australian Schools roundtable

The 2013 Dance Education in Australian Schools (DEAS) roundtable focused on ‘best practice’ for dance in the classroom and how to engage with professional dance companies offering dance education programs.

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Ausdance National, in partnership with Ausdance Victoria, hosted the fourth DEAS roundtable at the Melbourne Arts Centre on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 September. Teachers, educational leaders, researchers, departmental officers and dance educators attended. Delegates also had the opportunity to particpate in a practical workshop on Saturday 28 September.

With a focus on ‘best practice’ in the classroom, and the opportunity to engage with professional dance companies offering dance programs, DEAS2013 was a great opportunity to share knowledge in preparation for implementation of the new National Curriculum.

The new National Curriculum: Arts, endorsed by all state and territory education ministers and the Federal Minister in late July 2013, provides the opportunity for every Australian student to engage with quality learning experiences in five arts areas including dance. Forum participants explored some of these questions:

  • How can generalists and specialists teachers deliver the arts curriculum?
  • Why are the arts an important part of the curriculum?
  • What is good practice in dance teaching?
  • Who are the dance companies involved in education?


Program—Thursday 26 September

9.30am Registration at the Arts Centre Melbourne

Welcome. Martin Dixon MP – Minister for Education


Keynote speaker Dr Brian Caldwell (Managing Director at Educational Transformations & Former Dean of Education University of Melbourne)
The benefits of arts in the curriculum

11.00am Special industry guest—Jason Coleman
12.00pm Lunch

Linda Lorenza, Senior Project Officer, Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority. An overview of the new Australian Curriculum

2.00pm How professional dance companies are responding to the Australian Curriculum: Restless Dance Theatre and Tasdance
3.00pm Afternoon tea
3.30pm How professional dance companies are responding to the Australian Curriculum: Sydney Dance Company
4.00pm Ausdance National
What we do across the Ausdance network
4.30pm Drinks, networking and book launch Teaching Primary Dance by
Dr Katrina Rank (Education and Training Manager, Ausdance Victoria)
6.30pm Australian Ballet Cinderella ($10 discount for DEAS attendees)

Program—Friday 27 Sepetember

9.30am Registration/coffee
10.00am Welcome back, daily overview

Keynote speaker Jeff Meiners (University of South Australia and contributor to the 'Shape' paper for the Arts Curriculum) Building dance teachers.

10.50am Keynote panel: Dance teachers talk about their experience teaching dance
12.00pm Lunch

Group 1: The Australian Ballet Dance Education Ensemble will present Talking Doing Dancers – a discussion/demonstration section of the Out There, The Australian Ballet in schools program.

Group 2: Addressing the needs (to deliver the curriculum)—roundtable discussion

3.15pm Scootle presentation: using digital resources to support the Australian Curriculum
3.45pm Group discussion: The future?
5.00pm Close

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