Our BA in Dance Studies balances practical training in performance and choreography with vital academic studies for dance today. This course opens up new possibilities in moving, thinking and writing in dance:
- you will gain a rigorous arts degree alongside your practical dance training;
- whatever your career goals, you shape your pathway to fit your interests;
- many options including hands-on learning in choreography, performance, teaching, dance criticism, dance therapy, theatre production and lighting design;
- you will be part of the UK’s biggest dance studies department but you will also get individual support from your personal tutor and become part of our friendly and vibrant campus community.
Multiple pathways in dance
Deepen your understanding of dance from multiple viewpoints and expand your career prospects with:
- academic, practical and vocational teaching by leading academics and dance professionals.
- studies that focus on vital issues in dance today: understand the fundamentals of dance theory and learn to apply them to 21st century British dance – from ballet to breakdancing and Bollywood.
- studio classes that cover ballet and five different contemporary techniques, plus choreography.
You develop a broad grounding in 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 Cunningham, Graham, Limón, release and contact improvisation) and ballet.
As your study develops you can begin to focus on your own interests. Areas of study include choreography and technique, and various theoretical modules offering philosophical, analytical, socio-historical, anthropological and movement-studies approaches.
While you can specialise in an area, you are expected to maintain an interdisciplinary and theoretical approach to your study. There are also modules that are more vocational in nature, such as Dance Criticism in Practice, the Teaching Artist, and Dance Performance and Repertory.