Why study at Roehampton

  • An impressive, national and global reputation which attracts students and dance artists from all over the world.
  • 100% of our graduates in work or further study within six months (Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education, 2016 results).
  • 95% of students satisfied with the quality of teaching (National Student Survey 2016).
  • Enthusiastic tutors for the Dance Studies BA with extensive contacts in the dance sector, who will help prepare you to work within the dance industry.
  • Specialist classes with live music take place in state-of-the-art studios.
  • Roehampton is rated No. 1 for dance research in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Course summary

Pursue your passion with this internationally-respected dance degree focused on dance in the 21st-century. At Roehampton, the study of dance goes beyond performance to embrace both the theoretical and artistic aspects of dance.

You will be taught by world-class lecturers, who form part of a supportive dance community. Our tutors have excellent partnerships with a host of choreographers, dance artists, and companies throughout the world.  

You will broaden your understanding of dance in a variety of multi-cultural and artistic contexts as well as develop your choreographic, technical, and performance skills. Unlike many other degrees, you will learn six specialist dance techniques (ballet, Cunningham, Graham, Limón, release, and contact improvisation).

We offer a strong suite of modules designed to develop the skills you need for your career in the dance sector. Examples include Investigating Dance Practice, which provides a foundation for the study of dance movement; Dancing Communities and Citizenship, which examines dance in contemporary social and cultural contexts, and Improvisation and Dance Composition, which introduces key skills for movement exploration and compositional decision making through shared and individual workshop tasks.

There will be many exciting opportunities to gain practical work experience to build your career.

You could take a placement on our module the ‘Teaching Artist’, lead our annual dance festival, perform in a student-led dance company, take a technical training in lighting for production for dance or even work alongside famous choreographers. Our students work with renowned dance artists such as Gaby Agiss, Igor and Moreno, Rosemary Lee and Akram Khan.

At Roehampton, you will develop into a thinking dancer equipped with all the transferable skills needed for a successful creative career.

Course content

In the first year, you will gain a strong foundation in a broad range of practical and theoretical areas of dance, such as choreography, technique, dance history, appreciation and contextualisation, the analysis of human movement and safe, healthy dance practice. Dance techniques are drawn from a range of contemporary styles (including ballet, Cunningham, Graham, Limón, release and contact improvisation).

In the second year, you will begin to focus on your own areas of special interest within dance as well as further your studies in choreography and technique. Modules could include Dance Science and Dance, Culture and Society . The broad range of subjects covers various philosophical, socio-historical, anthropological and movement-studies approaches to dance.

In the third year,you can choose to further specialise whilst maintain an interdisciplinary and theoretical approach to study. Vocational modules on offer such as Dance Criticism in Practice, the Teaching Artist, and Dance Performance and Repertory,will give you extra preparation you for a career in the dance sector.

What our students say

Ioanna Vazelaki Dance
"This course has allowed me to approach dance, practically and theoretically, through various perspectives. Now, in my final year, I can specialise in my areas of interest."

Ioanna Vazelaki, BA Dance Studies

Career options

Within the dance industry, Roehampton graduates are working as community dance artists, choreographers, journalists, dancers, artistic directors, teachers and arts managers and programmers.

UCAS code




BA Single Honours
BA/BSc Honours

Single honours

Entry tariff

2017 entry: 120 points*

*New style UCAS tariff. Find out more

General entry requirements




3 (full-time), 5–7 (part-time)

Tuition fees

£9,000 (2016; UK/EU)

£12,500 (2016; International)

Cash scholarships and bursaries available

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