MA Advanced Dance Performance

Start date: 14 October 2019

Application Deadline: 13 April 2019

Audition Date: TBC

Cost: £9,500

About the MA Advanced Dance Performance

Delivered by Dance City this is brand new MA programme starts in September 2019. This 43 week programme is a practice based qualification which offers new and recent dance graduates the opportunity to develop their dance practice and technique, learn and develop choreography and perform their work.

MA participants will be part of a touring company creating exciting new work, led by nationally acclaimed choreographers. Daily technique classes as well as regular workshops will ensure the company is well prepared to perform extensively across the UK.

Why Choose the MA Advanced Dance Performance?

  • Increase your earning and employability potential.
  • Learn from leading sector professionals.
  • Access state of the art facilities at Dance City.

The course will be based at Dance City’s brand new studios at The Fire Station in Sunderland.

Who is it for?

New and recent dance graduates. 

What will you study?

This is a 43 week course.

Dance Technique:

  • Advanced technical training in ballet and contemporary styles
  • Complementary techniques – pilates, fitness training, strength and conditioning

Dance Performance:

  • Rigorous and detailed study of selected repertoire works
  • Development and performance of 3 x newly commissioned works
  • Touring of created works

Professional Contexts:

  • Development and realisation of a choreographed work, delivery of teaching sessions or a cross-arts project (film, installation etc)

What Can I Expect to Develop?

  • Improved dance technique across a variety of styles
  • An advanced understanding of choreographic practice
  • An advanced understanding of how to work with choreographers
  • An advanced understanding of how to work as part of a team/ company
  • An advanced understanding of creative choreographic input within a company
  • A better understanding of the dance touring landscape and opportunities
  • The capability to reflect on learning and express this to another
  • Deeper understanding of current choreographic/dance trends
  • Ability to absorb different learning methodologies and embody them

Where is it based?

Lectures and seminars will take place at Dance City’s Sunderland studios housed in The Fire Station Arts Centre where you will find excellent facilities in the dance studios and a state of the art theatre space. Independent learning space for practical work is allocated at Dance City in Newcastle and Sunderland for Masters level students to develop their projects and undertake practical self-study.

IT, library and Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) resources are accessible through the University of Sunderland.

You can also access a range of student support services, student accommodation and generous scholarships through the University of Sunderland.

The University Library subscribes to a comprehensive range of academic journals and databases so you can access reliable and up-to-date information.

The experienced Library team provide a high-quality service and are sensitive to the requirements and working methods of students. A dedicated Academic Liaison Librarian supports students and staff in the arts, design and performing arts disciplines.

Students are encouraged to develop their research skills, working with lecturers and library staff to cultivate their knowledge of contemporary and historical perspectives of performing arts, as well as the wider contexts of their subject.

The key resources for your course include:

Discover: The Library’s multi-disciplinary search tool

Art Full Text: A major resource for media and arts information

Dance in Video: Giving access to dance productions and documentaries in the 20th century

JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’): Providing access to important journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences

Lexis: A major resource of full-text newspaper articles and legal information

What are the Entry Requirements?

Undergraduate degree in dance and/or relevant professional performance experience.  

How can this course be funded?

This course can be self-funded or student loans apply.

Student loan information links:

View more information about government career development loans and grants:

Professional and Career Development Loans

Grants and Bursaries for Adult Learners

View Career Development Bank Loans:

Professional and Career Development Loan

Professional Career Development Loan

How to Apply


To apply for this course please send a completed application form to: by 13 April 2019

Pictured: Robby Graham, Artistic Director of Southpaw Dance Company works in the Dance City Sunderland studio where the MA Advanced Dance Performance will be primarily based.