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?
- The Benefits of Arts in the Curriculum. (1.2 MB) Professor Brian Caldwell, Managing Director at Educational Transformations
- Arts curriculum in Australia. (1.9 MB) Linda Lorenza, Senior Project Officer, The Arts, ACARA
- So we can dance: Building dance teachers? (5.6 MB) Jeff Meiners, University of South Australia and contributor to the 'Shape' paper for the Arts Curriculum
- Models of implementation of dance in schools. (366 KB) Renee Place, (working in distance education in QLD)
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)
|11.00am||Special industry guest—Jason Coleman|
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|
|3.30pm||How professional dance companies are responding to the Australian Curriculum: Sydney Dance Company|
What we do across the Ausdance network
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
|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|
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?|