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This unique course is offered by North East dance organisation, Dance City, in partnership with the University of Sunderland.
The course has been designed by leading industry professionals to prepare you for a varied and multi-faceted career; ensuring you’re able to function professionally in a range of roles and settings in the dance sector.
It’s a challenging course and will demand much of you physically and mentally across the three years of practice and study.
Dance City graduates are top-class performers, teachers, choreographers, producers and cultural managers. Dance City is proud to be empowering the next generation of dance professionals and invite you to start your dance career here.
Creative and teaching sessions will take place at Dance City Newcastle, the National Dance Agency for the North East of England. Library and student support services can be accessed through the University of Sunderland.
If you’re passionate about dance and dream of a career as a professional practitioner, then this course will provide you with the skills, knowledge and experiences you need to excel.
The Dance City BA (Hons) Professional Dance is practically focused and has a strong emphasis on developing your dance technique. You’ll spend most of your study time in the dance studio, taking part in distinctive and challenging technical training.
You'll cover a wide range of classical and contemporary styles and develop knowledge in a number of forms outside the typical training focus, including aerial dance, voguing, bboying and dances of the African diaspora. Working with a range of professional choreographers from around the country, you will gain an understanding of various choreographic processes and learn how to develop your own individual interests and ideas. You'll also learn from four additional strands, through lectures and workshops: Work Placement, Dance Education, Dance Management and Dance History and Analysis. Each strand complements the eclectic style of the course, which prepares you for a career in all areas of the dance industry.
Teaching methods include a mixture of classroom, practical work, workshops and seminars.
Assessment includes a mix of assignments, reports, presentations, case studies and practical work-based portfolios.
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We welcome applicants without traditional qualifications. We are open to hearing from any prospective students who feel excited about the course and are willing to commit to its rigours.
In your first week, you will be required to complete an enhanced DBS check with Dance City. Successful completion of this and subsequent DBS enhanced clearance will allow you to undertake placements in schools and with young people. If you are not able to obtain an enhanced DBS check, you will not be able to undertake these placements and alternative placements will be made available to you. If you believe you will not be eligible for enhanced DBS clearance, please contact Dance City direct to discuss your options.
Please note that you will be required to purchase appropriate dance wear.
Places on this course are limited so you must be able to demonstrate the following: a basic grounding in one or more dance styles, excellent basic coordination, excellent musicality and sense of rhythm, good ability to pick up movement and to push yourself physically, good physical potential, a desire to dance/teach/choreograph as a career.
If your application is successful you will be invited to attend an interview which includes an audition, held at Dance City, Newcastle. You will be asked to take part in a ballet barre, a contemporary class, and also have the option of performing a solo dance piece in any genre, of no more than one minute in length that demonstrates your strength and ability.
For more information on this course and details of upcoming open days, please visit Dance City.
The annual fee for this course is:
Please note that this course is not available to international students.
Learn more about settled status, pre-settled status, special discounts, visa requirements and Common Travel Area (CTA) agreements for the Republic of Ireland applicants in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
This course develops skills, knowledge and understanding that will equip you for a range of careers in performance, dance marketing and management, choreography, dance journalism, community dance and technical aspects of production.
Dance City is a vibrant and friendly place where people come together to take part, enjoy, experience and talk about dance; where professional and aspiring dancers meet, learn and train; somewhere to watch world-class dance performances and somewhere for everyone to come along and get involved in dance.
People come to Dance City to socialise, learn new skills, keep fit and active, train professionally and find out more about dance.
This all takes place under one roof, in the purpose-built dance-house, in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Dance City graduates are working in the dance sector in a number of industries:
Running community dance classes, teaching dance in schools, training in dance rehabilitation and therapy, managing their own dance academies, training to teach dance in schools, studying for dance MAs and working with regional, national and international dance companies.
Dance City graduates are currently working with the following dance companies: State of Emergency, Verve, Lo-Giudice Dance, Fertile Ground, Rosie Kay Dance Company, Southpaw Dance Company, Kelly Abbot Dance, Mapdance and balletLorent.
Dance City graduates are teaching dance and undertaking further teaching qualifications with the following companies: Dance City, Decote Dance School, RGS, and Dame Allen’s School.
Dance in health
Some Dance City graduates are pursuing a career in the health industry including training to become registered therapists in rehabilitation.
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