Dance and Performance

Dance and Performance

About Dance and Performance

Dancers in front of a screenDance and Performance is suitable for students from diverse backgrounds interested in dance, theatre, drama and music and suits both the experienced dancer/performer and the novice. The diversity of this non-traditional approach to dance and performance provides students with a skill-set that broadens career opportunities, enabling application of dance and performance embodied principles, choreographic thinking, collaborative practices, and physical and technical skills to other fields. Dance and Performance responds to the shifting field of arts and culture in the 21st century and encourages students to generate their own directions and creative possibilities.

What Dance and Performance includes

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Students are encouraged to study broadly, considering not just the aesthetic dimensions of dance and performance, but also their social, cultural and historical implications. This includes an extraordinary range of dance and theatre forms, as well as circus, interactive performance, music theatre, and inter-disciplinary collaborative projects.

Dance units combine studio-based embodied practice and practical production experience with theoretical and conceptual understandings of dance/movement principles.

Performance units provide theoretical and embodied knowledge of some of the major performance practices of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries from post-dramatic theatre practices such as verbatim and documentary theatre, to popular entertainment forms such as music theatre.

Circus studies is an exciting and unique approach to exploring socio-cultural contemporary themes as well as developing physical confidence and resilience: Macquarie University is the first university in Australia to integrate circus studies into a Dance and Performance major.

Performance and Technology explores the place of new and old media in both everyday and art performance in relation to technology, communication, and aesthetics in contemporary society.

Students have access to high-quality, well-appointed studios alongside access to industry-standard technologies and digital production tools in media and music. The two studios feature tiered audience seating, state of the art video projection facilities, aerial rigs, acrobatic equipment, and full lighting and sound systems.

Ways to study Dance and Performance

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Dance and Performance can be studied as a major in a qualifying degree, as a minor, or as elective units of study.

Undergraduate degrees focusing on Dance and Performance include:

Bachelor of Arts in Dance and PerformanceBachelor of Arts with a major in Screen, Sound, Performance (new in 2017)
Bachelor of Media with a major in Screen, Sound, Performance (new in 2017)
Bachelor of Arts with a major in Arts Industries and Management

These majors can also be studied as part of a combined or double degree, e.g. Bachelor of Arts with Bachelor of Education (Primary) in Dance and Performance

Postgraduate degrees focusing on Dance and Performance include:

Master of Creative Industries

Dance and Performance can also be studied as a postgraduate research degree (PhD and MRes). For more information on higher degree research, visit Macquarie's Research Degrees website.


For complete information on staff research, visit the MMCCS Staff page.

Dance and Performance teaching staff are active researchers and practitioners, and are involved in diverse aspects of study, including collaborative art practices, art and the everyday, embodied learning, site-specificity and performance, identity and the performing female body, intermedia performance, physical theatre, circus, interactive technology, playwriting, interactive and immersive storytelling, and games and VR.


For information on Dance and Performance facilities, visit the Facilities page.

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