Diploma of Professional Dance (Elite Performance)

Perfect your skills in preparation for the professional world of dance or be recognised through Recognition of Prior Learning.

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CUA51520 Diploma of Professional Dance (Elite Performance)

Dance your way into a professional career in the entertainment industry with the Diploma of Professional Dance (Elite Performance).

This qualification reflects the role of dancers working or aspiring to work in professional dance companies. At this level individuals are expected to apply theory and creative skills in a range of situations and to display initiative and judgement in planning activities. They have autonomy in performing complex technical operations and can be responsible for planning, coordinating and evaluating the work of others within broad but generally well-defined parameters.

Course Outcomes

One course offers many courses of action and pathways for you.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Diploma of Professional Dance (Elite Performance) (CUA51520).

Entry Requirements

What do I need before I start?

For entry to this course, the candidate must undertake an audition or supply other forms of evidence where the candidate demonstrates competence in at least one dance style at Certificate IV level.

You will also require intermediate English language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills.

Please be advised we are unable to train students on a student visa. You must find a CRICOS registered training provider.

Units of Competency

To complete this course you must demonstrate competency in a total of 17 units. The electives chosen in this course have been selected to give you the most comprehensive overview of the requirements of professional dance.

Core Units

  • CUADAN517 Refine dance partnering techniques
  • CUADAN531 Refine dance techniques
  • CUAPPR512 Develop sustainability of own professional practice
  • CUAPRF511 Refine performance techniques
  • CUAPRF513 Prepare for and perform in competitive environment
  • CUAWHS413 Incorporate anatomy principles into skill development
  • CUAWHS511 Maintain a high level of fitness for performance

Elective Units*

  • CUADAN511 Refine ballet techniques
  • CUADAN512 Refine ballet performance skills
  • CUADAN515 Refine contemporary dance techniques
  • CUADAN518 Develop expertise in allied contemporary dance techniques
  • CUAACT411 Use acting techniques in performance
  • CUACHR413 Develop choreography skills
  • CUACHR511 Create and perform complex dance pieces
  • CUADTM413 Apply safe dance teaching methods
  • CUADTM431 Design and conduct dance learning program
  • CUAFIM511 Source funding for projects
  • CUAMUP511 Apply theatrical make-up and hairstyles

You can view the full list of units available to study within this qualification on training.gov.au.

Delivery Options

We are not currently accepting enrolments into this course. To be added to the waitlist for future courses, please enquire here. 


After completing this course you may wish to further your studies with:

  • CUA60120 Advanced Diploma of Professional Dance (Elite Performance) or;
  • Other relevant Advanced Diploma qualifications


“My trainer was amazing, inspiring and engaging. I would highly recommend them to anyone who wishes to do this course. The college was supportive when I needed extra assistance with some of the course content as well.”

Lauren Spackman

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