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This course is offered by North East dance organisation, Dance City, in partnership with the University of Sunderland.
Our unique course has been designed by leading dance professionals to prepare you for a varied and multi-faceted career, ensuring you are able to thrive in a range of roles and settings within the dance sector and beyond.
The course begins and ends in the studio, and you’ll be dancing from morning to evening most of the time. It is a challenging course that will require much of you physically, socially, and creatively across the three years of practice and study. We are committed to offering a foundation of support and care to enable you to make to the most of this opportunity.
Dance City graduates are top-class performers, teachers, choreographers, producers, and cultural managers. We have mapped our graduates into more than 50 creative career paths so far. We are proud to be empowering the next generation of dance professionals and invite you to create your dance future.
The Dance City BA (Hons) Professional Dance is practically focused and has a strong emphasis on developing your dance technique and performance skills in a range of forms. You'll have strong core training in contemporary dance practices and will design a pathway of individual technical development in a distinctive model that works with our public class programme to enable you to engage regular, high-quality technique classes including commercial, ballet, tap, Bollywood, street dance and breaking, salsa, jazz, and ballroom, along with supporting practices such as Pilates and yoga. Each year you'll work with in-house and guest choreographers to create original dance work performed in the Dance City theatre, building on your technical skills to develop your unique artistry and collaborative experience. You'll also create your own work, supported by experienced choreographers, ensuring your ideas and creative identity are allowed to flourish.
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If you have studied for a GCSE which has an alphabetical grade, then you will need to achieve a grade C or above. Students should be able to apply for an Enhanced DBS check to support placement activity. This will be administered by University of Sunderland. If any applicant has endorsements or criminal convictions that may affect their DBS status, they should contact the Programme Team to discuss this further.
All applicants must audition and interview for a place on the BA (Hons) Professional Dance, either at an in-person session or through a self-tape process if preferred. We want to make this a positive experience; if you have questions about the application process or require an alternative, please contact us. Our team has the skill to see potential even if your experience is limited, so please be in touch if you feel you have the potential to thrive on our course.
For more information on this course and details of upcoming open days, please visit Dance City.
The annual, full-time fee for this course is:
Please note this course is not available to international students.
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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.
At Dance City, we are experts in supporting dance professionals. We do this in our professional programme and in our artist development activities as well as in our BA and MA courses. We support and nurture our graduates to create their dance futures, and work with our graduates as colleagues, collaborators, and peers.
Our students have gone on to perform with companies including balletLORENT, Company of Others, Hit The Ground Running Dance Theatre Company, Lo-Giudice Dance, Fertile Ground, Tavaziva Dance and Anna Watkins Dance Company, and many create their own work as independent artists, including Beth Veitch, Benedicta Valentina, Alyssa Lisle, and Lila Naruse.
Dance City graduates have embarked on successful teaching and facilitation portfolios with organisations including Phoenix Dance Theatre, Royal Grammar School, Dance City Engagement Team, Dame Allan’s, One Day Creative, Circus Central and various private dance schools.
Graduates from Dance City BA programmes include arts managers, producers, and administrators, running their own production companies, festivals, and arts organisations, including Moving Arts Management and Curious Arts.
Graduates often choose to continue onto postgraduate study with conservatoires.
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