You can now apply to audition for Dance City’s BA (Hons) Professional Dance September 2020 intake.

This unique programme has been designed by leading industry professionals to prepare you for a varied and multi-faceted career; ensuring you’re able to function professionally in a range of roles and settings in the dance sector.

Dance City graduates are top class performers, teachers, choreographers, producers and cultural managers. We have mapped our graduates into more than 50 creative career paths so far.


About Dance City

Established for over 30 years Dance City is the North East’s leading development organisation for dance, which exists to lead and support a thriving dance ecology in the region. We present a regular programme of dance performances from contemporary to ballet, world to breakdance bringing leading North East, British and International dance to Newcastle. We also commission original new works, which premiere in our theatre.

Choose Dance City to study BA (Hons) Professional Dance and experience world class teaching and facilities in the heart of vibrant Newcastle upon Tyne – consistently ranked one of the top ten best cities for students in the UK.

This course is validated by the University of Sunderland, giving students access to its library, student support services, student accommodation and generous scholarships. You’ll also graduate with an honours degree from a highly respected higher education institution.


About The Course


If you’re passionate about dance and dream of a career as a professional practitioner, then this programme will provide you with the skills, knowledge and experiences you need to excel.

The Dance City BA (Hons) Professional Dance is practically focused and has a strong emphasis on developing your dance technique. You’ll spend at least 75% of your study time in the dance studio, undergoing rigorous technical training.

You will cover a wide range of classical and contemporary styles and develop knowledge in Urban,Street, Jazz, and World dance. Working with a diverse range of professional choreographers, you will gain an understanding of various choreographic processes and learn how to develop your own style and ideas.


You will learn about the principles of current teaching practice and how to develop and adapt material to be relevant to different ages and mental and physical abilities. You will also cover the historical context of dance and choreography. Guest teachers will lead classes and you will take part in teaching placements in schools and community settings.


This element of the course will prepare you to be a responsible and versatile manager of arts projects. You will study essential dance management subjects such as dance and the law, risk assessments, managing budgets and proposal writing.

“Dance City has opened up so many pathways which I didn’t realise were available to me. I feel I have improved both technically and creatively, and my knowledge has advanced since being here.”
Rachel McQuillan, Former Student

Work Placement

Emphasis on the course is placed on skill acquisition and employability and work placements are an important part of the programme. In Year 2 students embark on teaching placements in schools and in Year 3 a 6 week work placement ends the final year of study, facilitating the next step into employment.

Find full details of course content here. 



Entry Requirements

All applicants must attend an audition and interview at Dance City in December or January.

Our typical offer is 112 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or a BTEC Extended Diploma (DMM or above) or equivalent (eg: 1 AVCE double award / HEFC). We also require 2 passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

Applicants without traditional qualifications will also be considered, on an individual basis.

Other requirements: Students must be able to apply for an Enhanced DBS check upon entry onto the course. This will be administered by Dance City. If any applicant has endorsements or criminal convictions that may affect their DBS status, they should contact the Programme Leader to discuss this further. Dance City reserves the right to withdraw an offer for a place if the outcome of a DBS check means that a student is not deemed suitable to work with children and/or vulnerable adults.

Apply To Audition

Applicants must apply via UCAS using the link below before being invited to audition and interview at Dance City Newcastle in January. For general enquiries please contact