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

City Campus Manchester
Full Time
3 years
September 2022
Awarding Partner:
Sheffield Hallam University
Belinda Grantham – PhD Candidate, course leader, lecturer, freelance choreographer, yoga/aerial teacher, piano teacher, dance artist and national dance and performing arts standards verifier.

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

• 80 UCAS points
Applicants are required to attend a workshop audition and interview that will take place on a single day. It will last approximately 5 hours.

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.

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)
Adshead-Lansdale, L (1994) Dance History - An Introduction

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
Performances, technique sharings, presentations and creative portfolios will be used to assess your learning for 80% of the course.

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.
This course will prepare you to be able to find employment in a number of dance related careers. 90% of our past students are currently working in the dance and performance industry. They are working as:

• Dancers/ dance captains on cruise ships
• Freelance dance artists
• Teachers
• Dance school owners
• Choreographers
• Contemporary and Commercial Performers
• Community dance practitioners
• Company directors
• Entertainment staff in tourist venues and holiday parks
There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 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.

Learn more
All of the books required for the course are available from the library. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

• 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

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.

UCEN Manchester News

Arden Actors impress industry execs with RAGE performance

Third year acting students performed the Manchester premiere of Simon Stephen’s explosive play.

Got a question?

Our teams are here to help, whatever your query.