Certificate II in Dance CUA20120


Do you have a passion for dance and want a nationally recognised qualification to improve your future employment opportunities?

The Certificate II in Dance CUA20120 covers the fundamentals of dance training and prepares you for a career in dance with industry-relevant skill and valuable experience.

All training takes place within a studio or school setting and is suitable for students who are new to dance, or currently studying dance.

Reconnect by Valerie Tan. AYDF 2022. Image Mel Faull (Get Snapt)
Reconnect by Valerie Tan. AYDF 2022. Image Mel Faull (Get Snapt)

Where can you study?

This course is delivered as part of a VET Delivered to Secondary Schools (VDSS) Program. It is offered through partnership arrangements with over 30 secondary schools and dance studios in Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland. 

Find a provider>>

Course Code



Two years

Study Mode

In person delivery with partner schools and studios

Start Date

March 2023


Applications are not being accepted at this time

Student Handbook
This course is nationally recognised training

Why Study With Ausdance VIC

Ausdance VIC is the government recognised peak body for dance in Victoria and a registered RTO with over 22 years’ experience delivering high-quality education to the dance sector. Our offerings are at the forefront of dance education, and as one of the first training providers to offer VET Dance-in-schools we have a strong history of delivering industry-led, engaging programs that support the Victorian dance curriculum.

All course materials have been designed by Dr Katrina Rank, Director of Education and Lifelong Learning. We provide carefully planned training and assessment materials that are easy to follow and we strive to continually improve our offering by consulting with the industry, education authorities, trainers and our students.

Careers in Dance

With some additional training and experience, this industry-focused course will prepare you for an exciting career as a:

  • Professional dancer
  • Studio Dance Teacher
  • Dance Therapist
  • Dance Administrator
  • Casting Agent
  • Choreographer
  • School Dance Teacher
  • Event Manager
  • Dance Studio Owner

Course Structure

The VET Dance program can be completed over two years and commence in either year 10 or year 11. Units will be delivered and assessed in a sequence planned and determined by the school trainer and assessor. A variety of assessment methods are used such as class and performance observations, written tests, journals and oral presentations.

To obtain Certificate II in Dance CUA20120, learners must complete a total of 10 units comprising of all 6 core units and a minimum of 4 elective units. 

Units of Competency

Core Unit
  • CUADAN211 Develop basic dance techniques
  • CUADAN212 Incorporate artistic expression into basic dance performances
  • CUAIND211 Develop and apply creative arts industry knowledge
  • CUAPRF211 Prepare for live performances
  • CUAWHS111 Follow safe dance practices
  • CUAWHS211 Develop a basic level of physical fitness for dance performance
Elective Unit
  • CUADAN213 Perform basic jazz dance techniques
  • CAUDAN215 Perform basic contemporary dance techniques
  • CAUDAN216 Perform basic ballet techniques
  • CAUDAN217 Perform basic tap techniques
  • CAUDAN218 Perform basic street dance techniques
  • CAUDAN220 Perform basic lyrical dance techniques

If this course is delivered as a VDSS Program, the structure is as follows:

  • Year 1: Units 1 & 2 – 7 Units of Competency
  • Year 2: Units 3 & 4 – 6 Units of Competency (including 3 units from CUA30120 Certificate III in Dance)


Successful completion of the Certificate II in Dance CUA20120 may offer a pathway to further training in the following courses:

  • Certificate III in Dance
  • Certificate IV in Dance
  • Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management
  • Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)
  • Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management
  • Diploma of Musical Theatre
  • Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)


Ausdance VIC fees are all-inclusive and cover enrolment, annual statutory reporting, monitoring of delivery and assessment, trainer support, industry days and certification.

Additional fees may be charged by schools / studios depending on the setting in which you choose to train.

Entry Requirements

On enrolment, all learners must complete a simple language, literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

How to Apply

Applications for this course are not currently being accepted.

Before you apply

Please ensure you have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Go to usi.gov.au to generate or find your USI. You will need to have at least one of the following identity documents:

  • Australian Passport
  • Non-Australian Passport (with Australian Visa)
  • Australian Birth Certificate
  • Australian Driver’s Licence
  • Medicare Card
  • Certificate of Registration by Descent
  • Citizenship Certificate

You will also need to have selected the institution or studio who will be delivering the course.

Available start dates:

March 2023

Late entry to the program may be possible under certain circumstances.

After you apply

Please check your inbox or junk/spam folder for important emails from us.

Need some advice?

Send an email to victoria@ausdancevic.org.au and we’ll get back to you shortly.