Dance (BA)


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  • Excellent career and earnings prospects: Roehampton is in the top five universities in London for graduate pay in dance (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2020 results, earnings three years after graduation)
  • Roehampton has a global reputation. We are ranked number one for dance research in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014)
  • We are ranked in the top 10 universities in London for dance (The Times Good University Guide, 2021)
  • A fantastic learning environment, focused on developing your artistic excellence, intellectual curiosity and creative mindset in an inclusive and supportive community
  • The best of both worlds: study in a safe, green and peaceful environment with easy access to central London's cultural attractions


Dance at Roehampton is world-renowned with its international and diverse faculty. Our outstanding BA Dance fosters academic and artistic excellence, creativity and innovation, and is taught by artists and researchers who are leading specialists in their fields.

This degree offers an innovative and broad curriculum and provides an excellent grounding for your career in dance and the arts.

You will engage in a comprehensive study of dance, integrating theory with dance practice.

We provide a breadth of curricular expertise that is virtually unparalleled and responsive to the needs of each individual student.

We offer daily technique classes with live accompaniment from professional musicians in contemporary core styles such as Cunningham, Graham, Limón, release and contact improvisation.

Exploring familiar and unfamiliar dance forms, from ballet to capoeira to hip hop, you'll be encouraged to reflect on dance in novel ways and develop your analytic skills – for instance, by considering how dance both shapes and is shaped by society, or how choreographers respond to a multicultural and globalised environment.

We have exciting partnerships with a host of choreographers, dance artists and companies. Our students have worked with renowned figures such as Akram Khan, Gaby Agiss, Igor and Moreno, and Rosemary Lee.

You will also study performance and choreography, dance politics and history, and learn about areas such as theatre lighting, stage design and management, and screen dance, to enhance your production and project management abilities, alongside your dance practice.

During this three-year degree, you will follow your own interests, gaining a strong understanding and knowledge of dance in both theory and practice. You will discover many different ways to experience dance, not only in performing, but also a variety of other roles, including educator, artist, community dancer, policymaker, curator and screendance maker.

Our classes are led by artists and academics with a wealth of experience and teaching expertise. They hold qualifications from some of the world's top universities and conservatoires, and many of our practitioners are current professionals in their fields.

You will study a core set of practical and theoretical modules, covering a wide range of dance techniques, performance, choreography, dance politics and history.

You will have the opportunity to work with fellow students to curate and produce our annual dance festival, Footprint; and to lead or perform in our student-led dance company, Third Row.

You can gain experience in teaching dance on campus in the Dance Society, or in the local community as part of a professional placement.

You can also opt to spend some time studying abroad in a location such as the USA, Australia or New Zealand. Many of our students have been on exchange visits to universities in California, Auckland, Baltimore and Sydney.

Year one

  • Engage with a diverse range of practical and theoretical areas of dance.
  • Topics include choreography, dance practice and performance, dance history, dance in society and communities, dance analysis, the role of gender in dance and dance science.
  • Discover where your work sits within dance practice and history to help you choose your career path.

Year two

  • Choose your modules and focus on areas of special interest to you.
  • Further your understanding of choreography, dance practice and performance, building on your foundation skills from year one.
  • Have the space to experiment further and explore your curiosity as a thinking dancer, gaining a well-rounded view of the dance field.

Year three

  • Become an independent and confident dancer, taking your learning in the direction you want to go in.
  • Take up the chance to lead Footprint, our annual dance festival, or take work experience modules such as Teaching Artist, Applied Lighting, and Dance Performance and Repertory, as 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

Students take either both of these modules. or just Dance Practice 2 if they wish to take three modules from the required selection below:

Dance Practice 2
Dance Performance 2

Students take at least two modules from the following:

Dance Science in Practice
Dance History and Politics
Dance Analysis and Philosophy of Dance
Dance Cultures and Identities

Students take one of the following three modules:

Choreography and Collaboration
Choreography and Site
Choreography and Improvisation

Students take one of the Independent Study modules:

Dance International Report
Extended Essay

Year 3

Independent study module

Optional practice module
Dance Practice 3

Students are required to take at least one of the following modules:

Dance, Science and Somatics
Dance Anthropology
Dance Philosophy and Aesthetics
Dance, Power and Politics
Re-presenting and Embodying Dance History

Optional practice module
Dramaturgy and Collaborative Practice
From Process to Product

Vocational set module
Dance Performance and Repertory
Dance Movement Psychotherapy Fundamentals
The Teaching Artist
Applied Lighting and Production for Dance


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.

Within the dance industry, Roehampton graduates are working as choreographers, dancers, artistic directors, community dance artists, journalists, teachers, arts managers and programmers. Our degree also opens up opportunities in other fields and professions by developing transferable skills.

Our successful dance alumni include Robyn Cabaret who is a Programmer at Sadler's Wells; Tom Bowes, who works at Northern Contemporary Dance School; Ceyda Tanc who runs her own dance company; Holly Blakey, an award winning music video choreographer and director, and Maya Pindar, dance critic and reviewer.

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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.