Are you passionate about dance? Do you dream of a career as a professional dance practitioner?

If so, the Dance City Training Academy’s BA (Hons) Professional Dance programme will provide you with the skills, knowledge and experiences you need to excel – as a performer, an educator, and in the management and production of dance.

If you are thinking about where to apply to study in September 2021, the best way to decide if our course is for you is to attend the Open Day on Thursday 12 November 2020.

This event will provide prospective students with the opportunity to experience first hand, the brilliant dance training that takes place here at Dance City.

Prospective students will be welcomed to participate in the following:

  • A Contemporary Dance Technique Class with a member of the teaching faculty
  • A Tour of Dance City’s famous facilities
  • Watch current BA students at work.
  • A presentation from the Degree Programme Leader will consolidate the event, which parents and carers are welcome to come to.



The Open Day is NOT an audition. In order to audition for the BA (Hons) Professional Dance you must apply via UCAS.

Why Choose Dance City?

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.

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.

All of your practical and academic sessions will take place at Dance City Newcastle, the National Dance Agency for the North East of England. Library and student support services can be accessed through the University of Sunderland.

Programme of Study


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.