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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 is delivered by Dance City, based in Newcastle upon Tyne, and is validated by the University of Sunderland.
The course has been designed by 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 industry.
It’s a challenging course and will demand much of you physically and mentally across the three years of practice and study.
In completing different creative, practical and academic projects you will often work with other students as part of a team. While you are focusing on your own work, collaborating with others will also be a key element in successfully completing the course (as it is in any area of the dance industry). Your commitment, then, to engaging with all the aspects of the course will make your time here more beneficial and more fun.
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.
Offering a year-round programme of exhibitions, events and performances, Sunderland Culture brings big-name artists from the worlds of contemporary visual arts, glass, ceramics and performance to the city, alongside showcasing the best and most exciting local talent. There is a huge range of opportunities for students to visit the venues, take part in events and get involved in the programme. Learn more about Sunderland Culture.
This course is practically focused and has a strong emphasis on developing your dance technique. You’ll spend up to 75% of your study time in the dance studio, undergoing rigorous technical training aimed at supporting you to fulfill your potential, and help to push you to the highest levels of excellence.
The course celebrates all aspects of dance and you’ll be encouraged and inspired to become a versatile professional, able to achieve a long-term career with real world skills and viable career opportunities.
Study will be divided into three focused areas: professional practice, education and management.
These modules will develop your abilities and physical understanding of accurate and artistic dance technique. You will cover a wide range of dance styles with a major focus on contemporary techniques and ballet, with further studies in urban/street, jazz and world.
Working with a diverse range of professional choreographers, you will gain an understanding of various choreographic processes and learn how to develop your own style and ideas, with annual performances in Dance City's working professional theatre.
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.
We usually require applicants to have 112 UCAS points from a minimum of three A Levels or a BTEC Extended Diploma (DMM or above) or equivalent (eg: 1 AVCE double award / HEFC).
We accept a maximum of 6 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.
We also require 2 passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
Those without traditional qualifications may be offered a place, depending on a successful interview/audition.
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 programme 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.
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more 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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