MFA Dance and Embodied Practice


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Wednesday 3 November 2021, 5–7.30pm

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  • Study with artists and teachers with a wealth of experience in dance and embodied practice
  • Extend your practice in placements with dance companies and creative organisations
  • Participate in our thriving international postgraduate dance community
  • Enjoy our beautiful campus which is within easy reach of London’s cultural attractions
  • Roehampton is rated No. 1 for dance research in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014)


Develop your dance practice, teaching and leadership skills over two years with vibrant and supportive teachers.

As a dancer with an interest in expanding your skills, this practice-based programme will help you to investigate the potential of your studio practice and training in order to apply your dance practice as a creative and improvisational tool and as a practice-research which has the potential to influence culture and society.

The programme includes technique classes, choreography workshops, collaborative working, writing and reflection. You will be encouraged to develop and test new ideas and skills in dance ‘laboratory’ situations in order to research and practise notions of dance facilitation, dance teaching, dance leadership, dance intervention and dance-making in a variety of contexts. This unique practice-based programme promotes understanding of the notions of wellbeing and safe, healthy dance practice, and relates directly to social, political and cultural issues around embodiment, community and the environment.

This programme investigates the application of dance practice and knowledge in a wide and ambitious range of artistic, educational and community contexts, and, less conventionally, in galleries, museums and outdoor sites. You will be supported by the mentorship and teaching of experienced staff in our modern studios and have the opportunity to gain experience with in-house and visiting artists and tutors alongside a diverse community of peers.

The Department is home to the internationally-recognised Centre for Dance Research where, together with inquiry into dance as cultural and artistic expression, students are encouraged to investigate a broad range of dance and somatic practices as they are deployed in performative and choreographic situations and experienced though the lived body. These artistic activities are positioned as both critical, scholarly enquiry and creative, imaginative assembly, both of which are essential tools for the development of original and independent approaches to teaching and facilitating dance.

We are within easy reach of London's lively dance culture and our campus has superb studios and a state-of-the-art theatre for dance students. We have excellent links with dance companies and creative organisations which enable us to provide stimulating workplace-learning opportunities.

In year one, you will take the compulsory postgraduate taught module, Ways of Knowing, shared with two compulsory year-long programme modules (Dance and Embodied Practice, and Dance Practice). In Ways of Knowing, you will be introduced to research methods, including ethnography, dance analysis and practice-as-research. Dance and Embodied Practice uses a workshop environment to enable you to interrogate your own experiences as a dancer, performer and dance teacher and to challenge your skills using new approaches from somatics, dance science, contemplative practice and dance pedagogy. Dance Practice provides a framework for you to explore your movement potential using a variety of approaches and techniques. Students will also have access to the full range of optional modules which are offered to all our postgraduate students.

In year two, there is a focus on dance pedagogy and opportunities for you to refine your practice into a clear focus for your future as a dance facilitator, teacher and leader through your Dance and Embodied Practice Thesis. This module is an independent project which uses original practice-research and is underpinned by tutorials, peer review, work experience and open rehearsals.

Full-time mode

Compulsory modules

Dance and Embodied Practice
Dance Practice

Optional modules

Music and Dance
The Performance of Heritage: Dance in Museums, Galleries and Historic Sites
Classicism and Power
Mediated Choreography
People Moving, People Dancing
Theories of Corporealities
Dance, Sustainability and the Environment

Research method module

Ways of Knowing

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Choreographic Practice
Teaching Dance Practice

Optional modules

Music and Dance
The Performance of Heritage: Dance in Museums, Galleries and Historic Sites Classicism and Power
Mediated Choreography
People Moving,People Dancing
Dance, Sustainability and the Environment
Theories of Corporealities

Independent Research module

Dance and Embodied Practice Thesis

Compulsory and Required modules

Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules

Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

The programme is specifically designed to appeal to students seeking a portfolio career which involves performing, teaching, choreographing, community dance practice and curational practice. Students who have a desire to apply their knowledge of Dance to improving communication, manifesting social change and advocating for the broad range of benefits of participating in Dance will be able to develop their ideas and projects as part of this programme.

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.

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