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Dance benefits reach schools

The creative potential when offering Dance as a subject in schools means that students can develop both cognitive and social skills, as Dance engages the whole student while developing fundamental motor skills.

With a focus on creating and responding through making and experiencing a variety of dance styles and philosophies, key skills are progressively developed. Students work collaboratively to understand themselves and each other and to develop trust.

Dance students are continually learning, evolving and remaining curious as they evolve towards mastery, and Dance provides lifelong and intergenerational learning.

Studies have shown that Dance “impacts positively upon young people’s learning in schools.”  (Bonbright, J., Bradley, K. & S. Dooling. (2013). Evidence: A report on the impact of dance in the K-12 setting. U.S.A: National Dance Education Organization).

“Early sensory experiences using the body as the instrument of expression and movement as the medium is fundamental to the development of this kinaesthetic knowledge in dance and contributes to students’ overall aesthetic understanding.” (Australian Curriculum, 2013, Knowledge and skills of Dance, para. 1).


Clarence Valley Anglican School is well-recognised for providing outstanding teaching and learning in Drama, Music and Visual Arts. In last year’s HSC results, Music and Visual Arts attracted four Band 6 results, quite an achievement for a small school of 18 HSC students.

In 2021 Dance has been added as a pathway for students with the opening of the Performance Centre planned for March this year. The new state of the art building will include two sprung floors for Dance classes. Students will have many opportunities to study Dance throughout their schooling at CVAS.


Karin Lisle