Blended Arts Education Program (Dance and Drama)

Every child and young person – no matter their background or circumstance – deserves a chance to participate in quality arts education. 

Quality dance and drama education engages, inspires, and enriches students to reach their creative and expressive potential. 

The Blended Arts Education Program (Dance and Drama) is part of a suite of programs to improve educational outcomes for Victorian government rural and regional schools. Participating schools receive a series of virtual lessons provided by expert teachers. Classroom teachers are provided with lesson plans and other support materials that allow them to facilitate these lessons and further Dance and Drama learning in the classroom. 

The program will run over three years (2021 – 2023), with 30 new schools participating each year and is aligned to the Victorian Curriculum F-10. Ausdance Victoria and Drama Victoria have been engaged to provide regional primary schools with live-streamed lessons and face-to-face incursions in Dance or Drama over Terms 2 and 3 each year for students in Years 3 to 4 and 5 to 6. 

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Funding 

The Department is investing more than $37 million over four years in a range of initiatives to improve educational outcomes for rural and regional students. The Blended Arts Education Program (Dance and Drama) is funded through the Rural and Regional Education Reform budget. 

Background 

Many schools in rural and regional areas do not have access to dance and drama specialist teachers. The Blended Arts Education Program (Dance and Drama) aims to support schools in rural and regional Victoria to deliver dance and drama programs. In doing so, opportunities for students to engage with dance and drama will increase and teachers will strengthen their capability to deliver quality dance and drama programs, in line with the Victorian Curriculum F-10. 

Ausdance Victoria and Drama Victoria are professional associations specialising in dance and drama pedagogy, specifically aligned to the Victorian Curriculum F-10. The Department has engaged Ausdance Victoria and Drama Victoria to deliver the Blended Arts Program (Dance and Drama) over the next three years. 

Further Information 

For resources produced by Ausdance Victoria and Drama Victoria, please visit FUSE. 

 For further information, contact: studentlearning@edumail.vic.gov.au