Applications for 2022 entry to our Degree programme are now OPEN!

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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 in the top ten best cities for students in the UK.

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.

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.

It’s a challenging programme, and will demand much of you physically and mentally across the three years of practice and study.

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. We are proud to be empowering the next generation of dance professionals and invite you to start your dance career here.

Virtual Open Day

Our next Virtual Open Days are:

Monday 17 January 2022 4-5:30pm

Saturday 22 January 2022 10-11:30am

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If you are unable to attend one of the above open days, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are willing to meet with you and give you a tour one-to-one, if the situation allows. Please get in touch with Programme Leader, Shantel Ehrenberg at shantel.ehrenberg@dancecity.co.uk.

Application Process

All applications must go through UCAS for the University of Sunderland who validate the programme.

Once we receive your application, we will get in touch with details on our audition process.

All applicants must attend an audition and interview at Dance City in January or March of 2022. Dates below:

  • Tuesday 18 January 2022
  • Tuesday 8 March 2022

Timings to be confirmed.

The Selection Process

Our programme is selective; we accept only up to twenty students, and pride ourselves on our small community of learners and teachers. All applicants must audition and interview for a place on the BA at Dance City, either at an in-person session or through a self-tape process if preferred. We want to make this a positive experience; if you have questions about this or need an alternative, please contact Programme Leader, Shantel Ehrenberg at shantel.ehrenberg@dancecity.co.uk. Our team has the skill to see potential even if your experience is limited. 

Qualifications

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.

We welcome applicants without traditional qualifications. We are open to hearing from any prospective students who feel excited about the course and are willing to commit to its rigours. Please contact the Programme Leader directly to discuss options. 

Other requirements: Students should be able to apply for an Enhanced DBS check to support placement activity. This will be administered by University of Sunderland. If any applicant has endorsements or criminal convictions that may affect their DBS status, they should contact the Programme Leader to discuss this further.  

In Year 1 you will study the following:

  • Dance Technique 1
  • Dance in Performance 1
  • Dance Management 1
  • The Fundamentals of Dance Teaching
  • The Evolution of Choreography
  • Preparing to teach in the Community

In Year 2 you will study:

  • Dance Technique 2
  • Dance in Performance 2
  • Dance Management 2
  • Dance Teaching & Teaching Practice
  • Supporting Techniques
  • Choreographers Today

In Year 3 you can choose one of two pathways:

Performance Pathway

  • Dance in Performance 3
  • Creating Dance
  • Dance Leadership and Teaching Practice
  • Project Leadership
  • Working in Dance

Management Pathway

  • Research Project
  • Arts Administration
  • Dance Leadership and Teaching Practice
  • Project Leadership
  • Working in Dance

Assessment of modules includes written assignments, reports, presentations, case studies and practical work-based portfolios as well as studio-based and performance assessment. 

Visit the BA(Hons) web page for all information. 

For general enquiries about the course, please email he.enquiries@dancecity.co.uk 

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