Dance Practice and Performance


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  • Engage with dance artists, scholars and teachers with a wealth of experience
  • Connect with our lively 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 and performance skills in a supportive environment where you will approach your dance practice, dance training and performance making as research processes.

This practice-research based programme will encourage you to approach performance as a critical practice and to relish the complex contextual relationships that exist in making and performing dances. You will explore your role as a collaborator in performance-making as one of agency and empowerment.

You will be encouraged to develop and test new ideas and skills through your practice-research in order to imagine how they relate to training, practice, performance-making, dance philosophy and dramaturgy. You will be supported by the mentorship and teaching of experienced staff in our modern studios and you will have the opportunity to work with in-house and visiting artists, scholars and a diverse community of peers.

The Department is home to the internationally-recognised Centre for Dance Research which gives students rich opportunities to investigate a broad range of cultural, artistic and embodied inquiry. These activities are positioned as critical, scholarly, embodied and creative in order to equip students for original and independent approaches to dance performance.

We are within easy reach of London and its vibrant arts and culture and our campus has superb studios and a well-resourced theatre for dance students. We have excellent links with dance companies and creative organisations which enable us to provide stimulating workplace visits.

You will begin the programme with the Practice as Research module, where you will investigate what kinds of knowledge are encountered and embodied in choreography and dance performance. Alongside this module, the Performance Practice Portfolio provides opportunities for you to realise your performance potential as you explore your role as a performer in re-embodying and recreating existing dance repertory and in devising new choreography.

The programme includes daily classes in a range of techniques, dance workshops, and studio- and seminar-based research. Using a framework of philosophical and aesthetic inquiry, the programme offers a unique perspective to explore the concepts, assumptions and theories which underpin and inform dance practice and discourse. These ideas will be explored further during your encounters with performance, devising dance and learning dance repertory.

You will also have access to the full range of optional modules which are offered to all our postgraduate students.

Research method module

Practice as Research

Programme core modules

Performance Practice Portfolio

Philosophy and Performance Practice

Compulsory modules

Choreographic Practice

Dance Practice

Independent Practice Portfolio

Optional modules

Classicism and Power

Mediated Choreography

Music and Dance

People Moving, People Dancing

Theorising Corporeality

The Performance of Heritage: Dance in Museums, Galleries and Historic Sites

Mediated Choreography

Independent research module

Dance Practice and Performance Project

The knowledge and skills gained from the programme will support careers which involve performance, choreography, dramaturgy, community dance practice, and commissioning dance. The programme also opens up the opportunity for further study for a practice as research PhD.

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.