This exciting and career focused course will introduce you to all aspects of dance in the performing arts industry. You will refine your dance technique in styles such as ballet, jazz, contemporary and commercial, and you will develop the employability skills that are an essential part of being in this industry.
The course will explore three areas: dance performance, dance teaching and dance in the community. You will have the option of completing the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) dance teaching qualifications: Diploma in Dance Instruction (DDI) and Diploma in Dance Education (DDE).
The course combines both practical and theoretical units and will expand your knowledge of the wider dance world, working as a freelance dancer and improving your employment prospects in various Dance pathways.
- Shena Simon Campus
- Full Time
- 1 year
- September 2020
Charlotte then went onto to work as a professional dancer and choreographer in the industry working for a variety of companies such as Stageworks Worldwide Productions, Showstoppers Productions and Vibe UK.
Jobs included choreographing for Princess cruises (Cyprus) , working as a Dancer in Stage show Mystique (Blackpool), Head Dancer Shearaton Hotels (India), Backing dancer and choreographer (Various artists- Radio roadshows and Party in the Park events across the UK).
After performing for several years in the industry Charlotte then decided to move into teaching gaining Certificate in Education and Licentiate in Modern Theatre Dance (ISTD). Charlotte is the Departmental team Leader for Performing Arts Dance and has gained The Manchester College'Apporved Centre status' with the ISTD. She is the lead tutor on the Diploma in Dance instruction (DDI), Diploma in Dance Eductaion (DDE), syllabus Modern, Jazz, Ballet and Pointe work.
Rebecca Tonye - trained on a full scholarship at The London Studio Centre vocational school, she graduated from there in 2003.
Rebecca has worked with many choreographers and practitioners within the industry in Contemporary, Jazz, Bollywood and musical theatre, and has experience of both stage and screen. She has also choreographed numerous dance numbers in many styles over her career.
Rebecca has been teaching for over 15 years and has taught at a leading London stage school as well as youth groups within the UK, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Rebecca works with another member of our team directing the contemporary company Delusion which was established in 2015.
Peter Grist - completed a 3-year professional training course in Contemporary dance, which included a strong ballet trai
Academic Entry requirements
• GCSE English Language and Mathematics A* to C or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded
• Ideally you will have a Level 3 Extended Diploma at grade Pass, Merit, Merit in a performing arts-related area
• 48 UCAS points
Non-academic entry Requirements
You will also be required to submit a short written task.
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?
Unit 1 The Performing Arts Industry (15 credits)
Unit 2 Professional Development (15 credits)
Unit 3 Jazz dance 1 (15 credits)
Unit 4 Ballet 1 (15 credits)
Unit 5 Contemporary 1 (15 credits)
Unit 6 Commercial Dance (15 credits)
Unit 7 Tap 1 (15 credits)
Unit 9 Choreography (15 credits)
Copeland, R (2004) Merce Cunningham: The Modernizing of Modern Dance
Bremser, M and Sanders, L (2011) Fifty Contemporary Choreographers
Carter, A (2003) Rethinking Dance History: A Reader
Carter, A and Fensham, R (2011) Dancing Naturally: Nature, Neo-Classicism and Modernity in Early Twentieth-Century
Homans, J (2010) Apollo's Angels: A History Of Ballet
Morris, G (2012) Frederick Ashton's Ballets: Style, Performance, Choreography
Guest, I. F (1974) The Ballet of the Second Empire
Kenrick, J (2010) Musical Theatre
Long, R. E (2001) Broadway, the Golden Years: Jerome Robbins and the Great Choreographer-Directors, 1940 to the Present
Jowitt, D (2005) Jerome Robbins: His Life, His Theater, His Dance
Gottfried (2003) All His Jazz: The Life and Death of Bob Fosse
Kapit, W and Elson, L. M (2013) The Anatomy Coloring Book
Norris, M and Siegfried, D. R (2011) Anatomy & Physiology For Dummies
How will I be assessed?
Additionally, you will be assessed in performance / demonstration of your practical skills
Assessment will take place through a variety of scenario-based assignments where you will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.
Assessment will comprise of both theoretical (written / coursework) and practical skills based assignments / performances. An external examiner will assess you on all ISTD qualifications.
What are the careers that this will lead to?
• West End
• Regional Theatre
• Cruise Ships
Other potential career paths include:
• Dance Therapy
• Running you own Dance School
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
• £50 DVDs for analysis
• £40 Health and fitness equipment
• Maximum of £250 Professional dancewear kit list provided in advance
• £40 for theatre tickets
• You will need to purchase digital storage device up to 1TB at an approximate cost of £50
• Optional participation in residential trips for an addition costs.