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Why study at Roehampton

  • An impressive, national and global reputation which attracts students and dance artists from all over the world.
  • Collaborate and study with world-leading researchers in the field of anthropology of dance.
  • 94% of our research is rated world leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • You will learn to situate dance practices within worldwide economies and post-colonial contexts. 
  • Roehampton is rated No. 1 for dance research in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Attain the knowledge and tools to open a window into dance in any period and in any part of the world.

Explore the place of dance in society from the perspectives of those involved as dancers, dance makers, teachers and/or audience members. By studying these perspectives, you will learn how different people around the world understand dance and how dance influences their value-systems.

MA Dance Anthropology investigates dance from a non-Eurocentric perspective, placing the practices and values of the dancers into socio-cultural and comparative understanding. At the heart of the programme, is a focus upon ethnographic approach in dance to experience first-hand different cultural approaches to dance practice. You will interpret your findings from the field in light of contemporary debates in dance anthropology.

It will interest you if you wish to study non-Western, folk, social, or ritual dance practices, but the approach can be applied to ballet or Western theatre dance, too. This course provides a way to contextualise dance practice and deepen your understanding of dance and specific practices that helps define our humanity.

The Department is home to the internationally-recognised Centre for Dance Research, which foregrounds the research of dance as cultural and artistic expression beyond, and including, theatre performance. Through seminars, forums and conferences involving staff and international invited guests, the centre supports a compelling research culture.

We also have excellent links with dance companies and creative organisations. In easy reach of London’s vibrant dance scene, the campus has superb studios and a state-of-the-art theatre for dance students.

The learning and teaching methods on the MA Dance Anthropology programme are designed to provide a range of opportunities for students to be introduced to new ideas and topics, to enhance understanding and to hone critical thinking and research skills.
You will take the compulsory research methods module Ways of Knowing and one compulsory programme core module and there is flexibility built into the programme to modules that suit your interests.

In Ways of Knowing, a module shared with students of all dance postgraduate taught programmes, you will be introduced to research methods, including ethnography, dance analysis, and practice-as-research.

In Anthropology of Dance, you will be introduced to the multifaceted history of the anthropology of dance and making you experience what ethnographic fieldwork is all about.
Dissertation is an individually tutored module that allows you to delve deeply into a research project that reflects your interests and experience in dance.

What our students say

"This degree allowed me to combine my academic and artistic passions and to work closely with leaders in the field of Dance Anthropology in the culturally rich city of London."

Kathryn McLane
Dance Anthropology

Career options

Graduates’ career options are broadened to include roles such as a community dance practitioner, producer and curator of arts projects, teacher, or to continue into further study as an MPhil or PhD student.
Level

Postgraduate

MA/PGDip/PGCert

Number of credits

MA: 180; PGDip: 120; PGCert: 60

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Department

Dance

Duration

1 year (full-time); 2-3 years (part-time).

Tuition fees

£7,200 (2016; full-time UK/EU)
£400 per ten credits (2016; part-time UK/EU)

£13,000 (2016; full-time International)
£725 per ten credits (2016; part-time International)

For further fee information see our UK/EU or International finance pages

Further information

Andrée Grau
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Postgraduate open evening

Wednesday 8 February 2017