Course Information

CUA60113 - Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)

Effective from 01-JAN-2020 : Code C41

This nationally-recognised qualification is the second year of the vocational dance program and is ballet focused. It takes a holistic approach to the needs of the dancer of the future, building the skills required for lifelong sustainability in the dance profession. The course encourages dancers' individuality, confidence, flair and creativity. Students take classes in ballet, pointe, classical repertoire, contemporary techniques, choreography, performance, dance history, music, fitness and kinesiology. Following completion of this course, it is possible to transfer to the Bachelor of Arts (Dance) for a third year of training that allows students to graduate with a Bachelor's degree.


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Admission requirements

Admission requirement (Band 1)

  • Completion of Year 10 or equivalent.

English Language requirement (Band 1)

English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • Year 10 English completion or equivalent.

Course Specific Admission Requirements

All applicants are required to attend an audition. In the audition, candidates must demonstrate competence in at least one dance style at a Diploma level. It is desirable that all applicants demonstrate dance expertise through extensive vocational experience, or in grades achieved in different dance styles through dance societies that run examinations linked to certification levels. All applicants are required to normally be turning at least 17 by 30th June in the year of commencing the course.

Portfolio pathway applications are not accepted for this course.

Course Duration

  • Full Time: 1 Year

Course Delivery

  • Mount Lawley: Full Time

Course Co-ordinator

Ms Susan Desley PEACOCK

Course Structure

The Training Package rules require 7 Core units plus 11 Elective units. At WAAPA these 18 VET Units of Competency are clustered within the course delivery units of Ballet, Contemporary, Pas de Deux/Duo, Performance, Anatomy, Choreography, Dance History, Music for Dance, Nutrition.

Year 1 - VET Full

Ballet 2
Unit Code Unit Title
CUADAN603Extend ballet technique to a professional level
CUADAN602Perform advanced classical ballet technique
Repertoire 2
Unit Code Unit Title
CUADAN604Extend ballet performance skills to a professional level
CUADAN605Perform pas de deux at a professional level
Ballet 2 Girls
Unit Code Unit Title
CUADAN606Extend pointe work techniques to a professional level
Contemporary 2
Unit Code Unit Title
CUADAN607Extend contemporary dance technique to a professional level
CUADAN608Extend contemporary dance performance skills to a professional level
CUADAN610Extend allied contemporary dance techniques at a professional level
CUADAN611Perform virtuoso contemporary dance technique
Performance 2
Unit Code Unit Title
CUADAN601Perform dance repertoire at a professional level
CUAPPR502Develop own sustainable professional practice
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAWHS602Develop techniques for maintaining resilience in a competitive environment
Choreography 2
Unit Code Unit Title
CUACHR501Create and perform complex dance pieces
CUAMPF602Manage stagecraft aspects of performances
History 2
Unit Code Unit Title
CUARES501Refine conceptual understanding of dance

Year 1 - Semester 1

History 2
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAWRT501Write about dance

Year 1 - Semester 2

Ballet Stagecraft
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAMUP501Apply theatrical make-up and hairstyles
Unit Code Unit Title
CUADAN609Extend cultural dance performance skills to a professional level
Ballet 2 Boys
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAWHS601Apply advanced gym and weight training to ballet

Note: Some students may have previously completed CUVPRP502A in the Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance).

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.