Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) - CUA50113


Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00591E

This qualification is part of the Live Performance and Entertainment Training Package. It reflects the role of dancers working or aspiring to work in professional dance companies. At this level individuals are expected to apply theory and creative skills in a range of situations and to display initiative and judgement in planning activities. They have autonomy in performing complex technical operations and can be responsible for planning, coordinating and evaluating the work of others within broad but generally well-defined parameters.


  • 17 units: 9 core
  • 8 elective


  • Apply safe dance teaching methods
  • Maintain a high level of fitness for performance
  • Plan and organise dance classes
  • Create and perform dance pieces
  • Refine dance partnering techniques
  • Write about dance
  • Create and perform complex dance pieces
  • Improvise advanced dance sequences
  • Develop on-camera performance skills
  • Refine ballet performance skills
  • Refine pointe work techniques
  • Incorporate anatomy and nutrition principles into skill development
  • Develop conceptual and expressive skills as a performer
  • Explore the relationship between music and dance
  • Articulate, present and debate ideas
  • Apply theatrical make-up and hairstyles
  • Document dance
  • Refine ballet technique
  • Refine cultural dance technique
  • Refine conceptual understanding of dance
  • Secure funding for projects
  • Develop choreography skills
  • Perform repertoire for corps de ballet
  • Prepare for performances in a competitive environment
  • Apply the Alexander technique in performance
  • Provide services on a freelance basis
  • Use a range of acting techniques in performance
  • Refine performance techniques
  • Develop expertise in allied contemporary dance techniques
  • Apply movement and behavioural principles to physical conditioning
  • Analyse cultural history and theory
  • Prepare for sustainable professional practice
  • Extend expertise in specialist creative fields
  • Participate in gym and weight training for performances
  • Originate and develop concepts
  • Refine contemporary dance technique
  • Perform ballet solo variations

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