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Department of Dance

Pursue your passion for dance at the University of Roehampton, rated No. 1 for dance research in the UK.

Join our dance community to collaborate with world-leading researchers and recognised dance artists from diverse backgrounds and specialisms. Because we believe that the study of dance goes beyond performing, our courses embrace both the theoretical and artistic.

We offer outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate degrees as well as exemplary PhD supervision. You will be encouraged to think about dance from different contemporary perspectives and understand how dance influences society.

Our immersive, supportive dance culture allows you to launch and expand your career as well as benefit from our dance partnerships.  


Our courses develop critical thinking and understanding of dance as well as choreographic, technical, and performance skills. You can shape your own degree, drawing on diverse artistic and multicultural contexts.

BA Dance has a perfect mix of theory and practice. Our master’s degrees allow you to explore your particular interest in dance, in areas such as anthropology, choreography, history, philosophy, politics, and sociology. Our graduates find their degree gives them strong career prospects.

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The expertise of our teaching staff ranges across theory, choreography, and technique. Most lecturers are archive researchers whose world-leading research feeds into their teaching.

The dance artists also work professionally, running their own companies or performing and choreographing independently. Unlike other degrees, Roehampton Dance offers six techniques at BA level: ballet, Cunningham, Graham, Limón, release, and contact improvisation.

Teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy, and one has been recognised with a National Teaching Fellow award.



The internationally recognised Centre for Dance Research (CDR) has a unique concentration of research-active academics and dance artists who supervise across the full spectrum of research in dance. In the recent national assessment of university research (REF 2014), CDR came top in dance for the quality of our publications and artistic work – and sixth nationally across all subjects.

CDR provides a vibrant research culture, with seminars and conferences involving international guests, staff, and students.

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What our students say

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“I’m excited to have the chance to study with such reputable and inspiring tutors."

Nicole Zee
MA Dance Studies

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