SACE Dance

2020 SACE Programme

Whilst Terry Simpson Studios will be running SACE 2 dance programme for its existing SACE students,

the SACE 1 Programme will be carried out in partnership with Adelaide High School.

Technique, Composition, Performance and Theory will be taught by the same Terry Simpson Studios' teachers for both Stage 1 and 2.

Student Achievement in SACE Dance (South Australian Certificate of Education) has been a continuous source of pride and reward for the School for over 20 yrs.

Many of School’s students have excelled with superb SACE 2 Dance academic results with some getting recognition by the Governor of South Australia at Parliament House for achieving perfect scores of 20.

The course components are broken down into individual classes providing a focused approach towards the work and give sufficient opportunity for each student to reach their full potential in this subject.

The theory section is taught in year level groups, with combined classes for technique, composition and performance and which include practical assessment in two annual performances: SACE Choreographic Workshop and SACE Performance Examination. 

Classes are held after school hours allowing students to complete this course in their own time and not interrupt their regular school lessons

Term reports are sent home to parents and to the Students’ respective schools.


SACE Stage 1 

SACE Stage 1 provides students with the opportunity to understand , create and respond to dance. Students reflect and monitor their development in technique whilst understanding how anatomy and the muscular system work to ensure safe practice. They create dance and  anayse their work in line with structural devices and the communication of intent. Students perform and investigate dance practice from specific cultures and historical contexts.

Skills Development 30 % Creative Exploration 50% Dance Contexts 20 %


SACE Stage 2

SACE stage 2 provides students the opportunity to further develop skills in dance technique in a genre of their choosing. They further strengthen their composition skills and choreograph a 4 minute dance work which is performed. Students study Dance History and the Development of Contemporary dance, and in the Contemporary Issues investigation they research and analyse dance works performed by the Australian Dance Theatre. The performance component is examined by a SACE examiner and students are expected to be on stage for at least 15 minutes in dance styles that showcase their strengths.

Skills Development 50% ( includes technique, choreography, and folio), Written Responses 20% and Performance Exam 30%.


"Dance is the timeless interpretation of life.” Shah Asad Rizvi


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Trial Classes available on request