Why study at Roehampton

  • Roehampton has a global reputation – we are rated no. 1 for dance research in the UK (Research Excellence Framework).
  • Our welcoming and diverse community of students and leading dance experts will help you grow in confidence as you prepare for your career in dance and the arts.
  • You will have plenty of opportunities for professional dance experience, practising with live music in specialist classes that take place in spacious dance studios.
  • 95% of students satisfied with the quality of teaching (National Student Survey 2016).
  • 91% of our graduates in work or further study within six months (Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education 2015 results).

Turn your love for dance into a world of inspiring possibilities on our Dance BA. By joining our friendly and diverse dance community, you will be able to learn about dance beyond performance, whilst developing your own confidence and identity as a thinking dancer in preparation for a fulfilling career.

At Roehampton, developing your own voice and experience is as important as your dance technique. You will be part of an exciting, creative degree where you will pursue your interests growing as a dancer to explore the impact that dance has on our world today. Our Dance BA integrates theory with contemporary dance practice introducing you to a many dance possibilities and professional opportunities. 

You will be taught by our passionate world-class lecturers who are all dance professionals. We have many exciting partnerships with a host of choreographers, dance artists, and companies. Our modern and spacious studios, professional-standard theatre and teaching spaces are places where you can share ideas, and work collaboratively with our alumni, dance organisations, and the wider community locally, nationally, or internationally.

You will explore the familiar and unfamiliar from ballet to capoeira to hip hop. You will also think about dance from different perspectives including dance history, philosophy, anthropology, choreography and the ways in which dance shapes or is shaped by society. Our taught dance techniques include key contemporary core styles, such as Cunningham, Graham, Limón, Release, Contact improvisation, as well as ballet. Led by experienced teachers who work with musicians, you will also dance to live music.

You will learn about theatre lighting, stage design and management, screen dance, and choreography that will enhance your production and project management skills. You can work with fellow students to curate and produce our annual dance festival, Footprint, lead or perform in our student-led dance company, Third Row, or showcase your own choreography in the students’ union annual dance festival.

You can teach dance on campus in Dance Society or in the local community as part of a work placement, or volunteer in the English National Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s class. We also offer opportunities to study abroad in the USA, Australia and elsewhere.

Our students have worked with renowned dance artists such as Gaby Agiss, Igor and Moreno, Rosemary Lee and Akram Khan. Read here about Daniel Walsh's experience of working with Akram in the Big Dance.

Over this three year degree, you will follow your own interests gaining a strong understanding and knowledge of dance in theory and practice. You will discover many different ways to experience dance, not only in theory and practice, but in a variety of roles including a community dancer, artist, educator, policy-maker, curator, or screen dance maker.

Dance techniques are drawn from a range of contemporary styles (including Cunningham, Graham, Limón, release, contact improvisation and ballet). You will work in our spacious and airy studios, the professional-standard theatre and state-of-the-art MAC lab.

In your first year, you will engage with a diverse range of practical and theoretical areas of dance. Topics include choreography, taught dance techniques dance history, dance psychotherapy, dance in society and communities, dance analysis, the relationship between music and dance, and the role of gender in dance. Dance Science offers a new understanding human anatomy, strength and conditioning. You will develop your writing skills to better understand how to represent yourself and stand out within the dance profession today. You will also discover where your work sits within dance practice and history to help you choose your career path.

In your second year, you can choose your modules and focus on areas of special interest to you. You will also further your understanding of choreography and technique building upon your foundation skills from year one. This programme will provide you with the space to experiment further and explore your curiosity as a thinking dancer, gaining a well-rounded viewpoint of the dance field.

In your third year, you will become an independent and confident dancer with the knowledge and direction in which you will take your learning. You will have the chance to lead the annual dance festival, Footprint or take work experience modules on offer such as Dance Criticism in Practice, the Teaching Artist, Applied Lighting, and Dance Performance and Repertory, for preparation for your career in the dance sector.

Here are examples of the modules we currently offer:

Year 1
Dance Practice 1
Dance Performance 1
Thinking Through Dance 1
Thinking Through Dance 2
Thinking Through Dance Project
Improvisation and Dance Composition

Year 2

Compulsory Modules
Extended Essay
Key Perspectives in Dance

Optional Modules
Introduction to Dance Science
World Music and Dance
Dance, Culture and Society
Choreography and Site
Choreography and Improvisation
Choreography and Collaboration
Dance Techniques- Cunningham, Limón, Contact, Graham, Release, Ballet

Year 3

Compulsory Module

Optional Modules
Dance, Power and Politics
Comparative Analysis: Issues of Genre and Style
Philosophy and Aesthetics: Thinking through Dance Art
Dance through the Anthropological Lens
Gender, Sexualities and Performance
Re-presenting and Embodying Dance History
Popular and Urban Dance: from Bollywood to Breakdance
From Process to Product
The Resourceful Choreographer
Dance Performance and Repertory
Dance Movement Psychotherapy Fundamentals
Dance Criticism in Practice
The Teaching Artist
Applied Lighting & Production for Dance
Dance Techniques- Cunningham, Limón, Contact, Graham, Release, Ballet
Dance Technique: Practie Form and Function


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.

What our students say

"This course has allowed me to approach dance, practically and theoretically, through various perspectives. Now, in my final year, I can specialise in my areas of interest."

Ioanna Vazelaki, BA Dance Studies

Career options

Within the dance industry, Roehampton graduates are working as community dance artists, choreographers, journalists, dancers, artistic directors, teachers and arts managers and programmers. 

Our successful dance alumni include Robyn Cabaret, Programmer at Sadler's Wells, Shaun Dillon who runs his own dance company, Holly Blakey who choreographs music videos, and Nikki Kavanagh, Artistic Director of Coda Dance Company.

The University is currently undertaking a review of the curriculum of this programme to ensure it continues to reflect the latest updates and new developments in the subject area. This will mean that the content and structure of the programme will be different from that described above. Please contact us for more information.

UCAS code




BA Single Honours
BA/BSc Honours

Single honours

Entry tariff

120 points

General entry requirements »




3 (full-time)

Tuition fees

£9,250 (2018; UK/EU)»

£13,520 (2018; International)»

Cash scholarships and bursaries available»

Study Abroad

This course offers the opportunity to undertake a semester abroad as part of your degree.

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Key Information Set

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