Countdown to the Australian Curriculum

Dance learning

Photo by Peter Voerman at Oude School

It’s the first day of August and we are waiting for the Australian Education Minister’s group to endorse the Australian Arts Curriculum. When that happens, Violet’s blog will focus on the language and concepts that are contained in the new dance curriculum—to support teachers to align the new with the old, or to explore new ideas and strategies for implementation.

When I started teaching dance, I had no idea what to do or where to begin to plan a lesson. I had learned ballet and jazz as a kid, and had choreographed some musical numbers for high school performances, but I didn’t know how to conduct a class, or how to sequence learning for students. Back then there was a dearth of resources to help the beginning teacher.

While there are more resources now, dance does not enjoy the same level of support that other curriculum areas receive. I hope this blog and the Dancing capital website will fill some of the gaps in resourcing.

I’m looking forward to the challenge!