MA Advanced Dance Performance

Launch your performance career with our MA Advanced Dance Performance. Led by David Lloyd (Mischief Company) you will be part of The Collective company and tour.

Cost: £9,500

Next start date: October 2020

Audition Notice: 

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and current guidance from the Word Health Organisation (WHO), the NHS and Public Health England we are CANCELLING the LEEDS audition on Sunday 26 April 2020. However, we are holding video auditions for those wishing to attend.


Thank you for your patience and understanding.

About the MA Advanced Dance Performance

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.

The course has a unique focus on physical theatre and is designed to produce strong, highly employable dancers who will be able to work in a range of settings.

MA participants will be part of a touring company, The Collective. The company is led by David Lloyd, a well-known and highly respected dance artist, choreographer, educator and producer. Daily technique classes as well as regular workshops will ensure The Collective is well prepared to perform extensively.

Our 2020 intake will be capped at 13 students to ensure the highest quality and safest delivery, in line with current social distancing procedures.

About The Collective

The creative brief for The Collective is to create work that is physically captivating and relevant today. We combine this aim with outreach and engagement work in collaboration with Dance City’s Engagement Team and our partner venues for local young dancers and community participants.

This exciting, refreshing and original company will be touring a performance of dance and physical theatre to a range of venues. Below is the 2020 tour trailer.

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 studios in Newcastle and Sunderland.
  • Strong emphasis on practical development and personal progress, with no assessed written work.

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

About the Course Leader

David Lloyd joins Dance City from dancing with Jasmin Vardimon Company and leading JV2. He graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2006 and immediately commenced a successful performing career. David moved to London in 2008, working with Luca Silvestrini, Gary Clarke, Mad Dogs, Neon, Barebones and Jasmin Vardimon over the next few years. Film and TV credits include BBC’s Atlantic series 1 playing the role of Nereus and Paramount Pictures World War Z.

David started Mischief Company in 2014 with Natascha Metherell, a director working with Terry Gilliam. Mischief Company has produced and toured a number of works and grown to a Company of 14.

David says, “I want to build a course to nurture talented individuals to push them beyond their limits and create employable performers and dance artists ready for the tough industry ahead. I want to create a course that builds both individual qualities and also brings them into a professional company. Giving them a vast knowledge of skills, business minds and professional expectations to develop a new strong company to push boundaries in the dance sector.”

David will choreograph one of the touring pieces, alongside guest choreographers.

About the Guest Choreographers

2020 Choreographer: Lost Dog – Ben Duke

Ben is Artistic Director and co-founder of Lost Dog. He trained at Guildford School of Acting, London Contemporary Dance School and has a first class degree in English Literature from Newcastle University. His work is an attempt to reconcile those three subjects.

Lost Dog occupies a unique position in the cultural landscape; drawing in and mixing ideas and audiences from theatre, dance, comedy, circus and storytelling in a way no other company does.

Lost Dog was formed in 2004 by Ben Duke and Raquel Meseguer to create work using text, movement and music in which dance is framed by stories and characters.

Most recently he created the Olivier award nominated Goat for Rambert.

He has also created work for Scottish Dance Theatre (The Life and Times of Girl A), Dance Umbrella (The Difference Engine), Phoenix Dance Theatre (Pave up Paradise), the contemporary circus company Barely Methodical Troupe (Kin), Hi Fliers (There were definitely swans) and has collaborated with composer Orlando Gough to create a dance theatre piece for stroke survivors with Rosetta Life (Stroke Odyssey).

He has choreographed for theatre projects by The National Theatre of Scotland (Dolls), the Gate Theatre, London (Sexual Neuroses of our Parents) and Handspring UK (CROW).

Ben will be creating a brand new work for The Collective Spring 2020 Tour

Where is it based?

Lectures and seminars will take place at Dance City’s Newcastle and Sunderland studios 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 and student accommodation 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 the 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.

View more information about government career development loans and grants:

Grants and Bursaries for Adult Learners

View Career Development Bank Loans:

Professional and Career Development Loan

Professional Career Development Loan

Government MA Loans 

Find more information and advice on financing your MA Degree here.

How to Apply

Contact for information on how to audition and apply.

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