Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)



This qualification reflects the role of dancers 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.


Entry requirements: An audition or other form of evidence where the applicant demonstrates competence in at least one dance style at Certificate IV level.



A total number of seventeen units is required: nine core units and eight elective units, of which at least four must be from Group A. Of the remaining units:

The elective units chosen must be relevant to the work outcome and meet local industry needs.


Core units

CUADAN501 Refine ballet technique

CUADAN502 Refine ballet performance skills

CUADAN505 Refine contemporary dance technique

CUADAN507 Refine dance partnering technique

CUAPRF501 Refine performance technique

CUAPRF503 Prepare for performances in a competitive environment

CUAWHS403 Incorporate anatomy and nutrition principles into skill development

CUAWHS501 Maintain a high level of fitness for performance

CUAPPR502 Develop own sustainable professional practice


Elective units

Group A

BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts

CUACHR501 Create and perform complex dance pieces

CUADAN503 Perform repertoire for corps de ballet

CUADAN504 Perform ballet solo variations

CUADAN506 Refine cultural dance technique

CUADAN508 Develop expertise in allied contemporary dance techniques

CUADAN509 Refine pointe work techniques

CUAFIM501 Source funding for projects

CUAMUP501 Apply theatrical make-up and hairstyles

CUARES501 Refine conceptual understanding of dance

CUARES503 Analyse cultural history and theory

CUAWRT501 Write about dance

Group B

BSBCRT401 Articulate, present and debate ideas

CUAACT401 Use a range of acting techniques in performance

CUACHR401 Create and perform dance pieces

CUACHR403 Develop choreography skills

CUADAN402 Improvise advanced dance sequences

CUADLT401 Document dance

CUADLT402 Explore the relationship between music and dance

CUADTM401 Plan and organise dance classes

CUADTM403 Apply safe dance teaching methods

CUAIND401 Extend expertise in specialist creative fields

CUAPRF402 Develop conceptual and expressive skills as a performer

CUAPRF410 Develop on-camera performance skills

CUAWHS401 Apply movement and behavioural principles to physical conditioning

CUAWHS402 Participate in gym and weight training for performances

CUAWHS404 Apply the Alexander technique in performance

CUAIND402 Provide freelance services