Are you a dance teacher? Do you want to be a dance teacher?

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Are you a dance teacher? Do you want to be a dance teacher?

Do you teach in a social, community, recreational, school or studio setting? Would you like to?

Are you a registered/qualified teacher looking to expand your teaching portfolio?

Would you like to be teaching dance in a confident, safe and professional manner?

Do you have knowledge and practical experience in at least one style of dance?

Do you want to share your passion for dance but are unsure of the legal and ethical requirements?


The Skill set is offered by Ausdance branches around Australia at different times of the year. Contact Ausdance ACT and we can chase up a delivery for you.


What will I learn?

You might take hip hop classes, ballet, belly dance, folk dance, or contemporary. You might have great technique. But how good are your teaching skills? How do you structure a safe and thoughtful class? The Skill Set will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to go beyond where you are, to successfully teach dance in social, community, recreational, school (in a supervised capacity) and studio settings with a transferable qualification that also prepares you for the introduction of the new curriculum. That’s why the skill set is now included as core studies in many tertiary dance degrees such as NAISDA. You might be able to dance – but we want to help you teach it with the skill set you need.

The skill set contains four units of competency, selected from the new Live Performance Training Package, Dance Qualifications’ Certificate IV Dance Teaching and Management, a nationally endorsed training package. The Ausdance skill set for Teaching Dance has been developed by Ausdance Victoria, a registered training organisation (RTO No 20949), in association with Ausdance National. It is delivered through Ausdance Victoria by arrangement.

Plan and organise dance classes  (CUADTM401A). This Unit will help you to:

  • understand educational frameworks and settings
  • learn about teaching methods and styles
  • learn to write lesson and unit plans
“The content is really relevant and has been interesting and extremely helpful”


Apply safe dance teaching methods (CUADTM403A).  This Unit will include:

  • anatomy and alignment
  • physical and mental development
  • safe dance practice
  • First Aid
Teach recreational dance (SISCDAN301A ).  This Unit will include:
  • managing confidential information
  • providing feedback
  • managing conflict
  • developing promotional material
“It was exactly what I needed and it has given me so much inspiration and many ideas and great resources”


Apply legal and ethical instructional skills (SISCCRO302A).  This Unit will examine the:

  • Australian Code of Ethics for teaching dance.
  • Statutory and legal requirements
  • Working with Children check (Vic)


REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have effective language, communication and interpersonal skills. Applicants must have First Aid Level 2 Certificate (current)

How will I be assessed?

The total study time is 90 hours, with 70 hours face-to-face training within a group context. There will be some home study and assessment tasks. The skill set focuses on practical skills (i.e. competencies). It covers theory (eg. anatomy and first aid) and practical activities (eg. practical assignments and presenting elements of a lesson).

If you have gained skills from previous studies or industry experience you may be able to gain exemptions through the Recognition of Current Competencies (RCC) process. Ausdance recognises AQF (Australian Qualification Framework) Certificates and Statements of Attainment issued by other registered training organisations. A fee applies.

Where can I go from here?

The Ausdance skill set for Teaching Dance is a nationally accredited vocational training program that has been developed by Ausdance, the peak body for Dance in Australia and sit within the Dance Qualifications’ Certificate IV Dance Teaching and Management. Those who have completed the skill set will have the capacity to teach in social, recreational and community settings and within the school system (but in a supervised capacity only, as this is not an education degree).

 “Thank you so much for giving me the resources, confidence and enthusiasm to get this up and running! I am so excited about writing the courses and implementing all of the amazing activities, knowledge and skills I gained from the skill set”.

2011 Skill Set Graduates by Stephen Kaak