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Department of Dance

Join our world-class dance department at the University of Roehampton.

At Roehampton we pride ourselves on our outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate degrees as well as exceptional PhD supervision. You will study with an international team of leading practitioners, choreographers and academics.

As one of the largest dance departments worldwide, we can offer a huge breadth of expertise and cover a rich variety of technical and performance styles, approaches to choreography and dance analysis. Our courses integrate dance practice with theory to develop well-rounded artists.

Our supportive dance culture will enhance your creativity and knowledge, providing valuable professional experience to launch your career. You will benefit from daily technique classes to live accompaniment, our study overseas scheme, collaborations with renowned professionals at the cutting edge of their fields, vibrant seminars, and performance opportunities in our student-led company.

Courses

We offer a broad and contemporary curriculum with a range of options for study. Our thriving BA Dance and new innovative BFA both combine practical and theory-based modules to instil a sense of artistic as well as academic achievement. They include dance techniques, movement practices, choreography and performance. The 3-year BA has a mixture of exciting theory classes which approach dance from cultural, analytical and historical perspectives. The 4-year BFA focuses on perspectives from aesthetics and philosophy alongside dance science and somatics.

The final-year dissertation project will hone your knowledge in a chosen area to prepare you for further academic study if you wish to enrol in one of our Master’s degrees. Boasting a truly international cohort of students, our Master’s degrees specialise in choreography, anthropology, history, philosophy, politics, or sociology of dance. Our outstanding Ph.D. programme brings together first-rate supervision and innovative research methods in a highly supportive study environment.

All our students benefit from our partnerships, workshops and networks, and our proximity to Central London’s cultural attractions. Roehampton graduates enjoy very strong career prospects and can be found teaching, performing and working as independent choreographers or artistic directors of dance companies, animateurs, dance producers, arts managers or administrators, and in the community dance and fitness/health sectors..

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Teaching

Our teaching staff are inspiring and highly distinguished experts in their fields, committed to delivering educational excellence. Our dance theory lecturers are active researchers whose world-leading books and articles feed into their teaching. Our practitioners are creative artists who retain close links to the dance industry: leading their own companies, and performing and choreographing nationally and internationally.

Dance at Roehampton offers a unique combination of techniques at BA level: ballet, Cunningham, Graham, Limón, release, and contact improvisation, and a range of optional courses such as The Teaching Artist, Applied Lighting & Production, and Dance Repertory. Our innovative theory modules include, among others, Dance, Power and Politics; Popular and Urban Dance; and Gender and Sexualities. They span diverse topics including multiculturalism, dance and disability, screendance, and dance movement therapy.

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Research

The University of Roehampton is rated No. 1 for dance research in the UK (REF 2014). The vibrant Centre for Dance Research (CDR) is located within the Dance Department. Interdisciplinary in focus, it provides a platform for cutting-edge enquiry into dance by organising seminars and conferences, collaborating with dance and arts organisations in the UK and overseas, and investigating and disseminating dance knowledge and practices. It boasts an international team of leading academics and dance artists who offer an unparalleled breadth of perspectives and who supervise an international cohort of Ph.D. students across a comprehensive spectrum of dance topics.

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What our students say

Nicole Zee

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

Nicole Zee
MA Dance Studies

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