Over three decades, the University of Roehampton has forged a distinctive identity in dance learning. Our pioneering courses and research have opened new possibilities for dance artists and thinkers.
Today, Roehampton Dance is one of the world’s largest and most vibrant university dance departments. International dance academics, professionals and students come to us for wide-ranging courses and our reputation for research excellence.
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As a student, you will be able to shape your own programmes, drawing on the diversity of practical and theoretical dance knowledge at Roehampton Dance – from ballet to dance in popular culture.
For postgraduates, we lead in fields including dance anthropology and we have created courses that are unique worldwide such as our MA in South Asian Dance Studies.
Roehampton was rated number one for dance research in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), which measures quality of research in higher education. It judged 94% of our research 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'.
Our 20-plus staff bring wide-ranging expertise to their teaching and research supervision. From leading scholars in dance anthropology to internationally active choreographers, they have respected research profiles and are strongly active in the professional dance sector.
As a student, you'll benefit from being taught by staff engaged in world-leading research. We pride ourselves in providing an excellent experience for our students. In the 2014 National Student Survey, 92% of our students were satisfied with the teaching we provide on the BA Dance Studies programme. Most of our teaching staff are members of the Higher Education Academy and three staff have won prestigious Roehampton Teaching Fellowships.
We have very low dropout rates with 95% student retention for Single Honours BA Dance Studies (HESA 2009/10).
Our purpose-built facilities host year-round programmes of professional and student performance, training and research. And with our London location and close links to the professional dance sector, Roehampton Dance is a great place to discover or expand your career in dance.
Dr Ann R David
Head of Dance
Reader in Dance Studies