Dance has existed as a vital part of every known culture throughout time. It is a distinct form of nonverbal communication that uses the body as an instrument of expression, articulating the culture and society from which it emerged. Dance exists today in many forms and is performed for a variety of purposes in differing contexts.
Dance involves the development of physical skill as well as aesthetic, artistic and cultural understanding. Learning in dance and learning through dance enables students to apply their own experiences to their study of dance. Students learn to express ideas creatively as they make and perform dances, and analyse dance as works of art. ln addition they think imaginatively and share ideas, feelings, values and attitudes while physically and intellectually exploring the communication of ideas through movement.
ln addition to dance being an extracurricular offering to all senior school students, the study of dance will be offered as a Year 9 elective in 2O17.