Dance and Performance
This is the course for those wanting to bring their own creative ideas, skills and passion for dance and performance to a constantly changing industry. For the technically versatile and imaginative dancers, choreographers, community artists, and teachers. A programme for the 21st century dance artist; the performers, the creators, and the innovators.
This practically led course aims to equip you with the technical, creative, collaborative, and entrepreneurial skills to be able to work in a wide variety of contexts. Amongst other things, you will; learn a wide range of dance techniques, perform in shows, create work and devise pieces, teach in the community, develop a portfolio including a professionally filmed showreel, work with visiting choreographers and directors, and also create and perform in your own festival
- Nicholls Campus
- Full Time
- 3 years
- September 2021
Tomas Simon MA – Lecturer, Commercial Choreographer working internationally.
Craig Bennett – Lecturer, performer, community dance artist
Leonie Alcock – Lecturer and RAD Ballet Teacher
Gavin Bailey – Lecturer, Singer, Community Choir Leader
Megan Elliott – Sessional lecturer, dance school owner, commercial performer and model.
Maria Stutt – Sessional lecturer, aerial performer and owner of Cloud Aerial Arts
Ben Manuel – Sessional lecturer, event performer, community dance artist
Hannah Thompson – Sessional lecturer, agent, commercial performer and arts leader
Graham Hicks – Sessional lecturer, event director, actor and physical comedian
Mestre Parente – Sessional lecturer, owner of Manchester/Liverpool Capoeira Schools
Academic Entry requirements
• 80 UCAS points
Non-academic entry Requirements
For international/distance auditions, applicants should submit a 4-minute portfolio of class work that demonstrates their technical skill in at least 2 styles, and a 2-3 minute solo performance in any style. These can submitted electronically via wetransfer.com.
There will also be a short skype interview on a mutually convenient date after this has been received.
Auditionees should prepare a 2-3 solo in any style of their choice and supply a 500-word piece of written work that answers the following theme; ‘Breaking boundaries in dance’.
Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.
What will I be studying?
Commercial Dance (20 credits)
Contemporary Dance (20 credits)
Contextualising Dance Practices (20 credits)
Dance Techniques (20 credits)
Theatre Craft (20 credits)
Theatre Dance (20 credits)
Counsell, C & Wolf, L (2001) Performance Analysis
Graham, M (1993) Martha Graham: Blood Memory: An Autobiography
Kaltenbrummer, T (2003) Contact Improvisation: Moving – Dancing – Interaction
Legg, J. (2012) Modern Dance Techniques
How will I be assessed?
There other 20% will take the form of professional discussions, written applications, research proposals and essays. Students will be required to write one academic essay per year.
What are the careers that this will lead to?
• Dancers/ dance captains on cruise ships
• Freelance dance artists
• Dance school owners
• Contemporary and Commercial Performers
• Community dance practitioners
• Company directors
• Entertainment staff in tourist venues and holiday parks
Fees, Finance and Funding
Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.
You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.
Course Associated Costs
• There is a voluntary trip in year 1/2 with a contribution of £70
• You are required to buy tap shoes, ballet shoes and jazz shoes at a cost of around £30 each.
• You are required to have black tights, leggings, crop top and dance shorts. These cost about £10 per item, and they may need to be replaced each year.
• For second year a DBS may be required, and this costs about £30. This DBS will be for community and educational projects.
• You will need to purchase digital storage device upto 1TB at an approximate cost of £50