BA (Hons) Dance Professional Practice

Course Code: AAA0543 Day: Weekdays
Attendance: Higher Education Time: Daytime
Start date: 16th September 2013 Fee: Year 1: £5,995.00
Year 2: £5,995.00
Year 3: £5,995.00
Duration: 3 years Campus: Baltic Campus
Requirements: An interview is required, an audition is required and a DBS check is required.

Course overview

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

The BA (Hons) Dance Performance is practically focused and has a strong emphasis on developing your dance technique. You’ll spend up to 75% of your study time in the dance studio, undergoing rigorous technical training comparable to any professional company.

This programme celebrates all aspects of dance and you’ll be encouraged and inspired to become a versatile professional, able to achieve a long-term career in any avenue of dance you wish to pursue.

Study will be divided into 3 focused areas; Professional Practice, Education & Community. Professional Practice

These modules will develop your abilities and physical understanding of accurate and artistic dance technique. You will cover a wide range of classical and contemporary styles including ballet, contemporary, urban/street, jazz, and world. 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 weekly teaching placements in schools and community settings.


This element of the course will prepare you to be a responsible and versatile teacher and manager of community projects. You will study Pilates technique, anatomy and technical dance awareness and safety along with essential dance management subjects such as dance and the law, child protection, risk assessments, managing budgets and proposal writing. You will also look at the current dance industry and choreographers working in the international dance scene today.


In year 1 you will study the following:

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

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:

Pathway 1

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

Pathway 2

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

Your study will include time spent at Gateshead College and Dance City, and you’ll also have access to facilities at Northumbria University.

The course will be available on UCAS for you to apply. The course code is W500 and the institution code is G09.

About Gateshead College

Gateshead College has invested more than £80million in six world class campuses located around the North East region. Flagship site Baltic Campus, where you will study, is a bright, modern learning space with some of the best facilities in the UK.

We offer education and vocational training to school leavers, adults, apprentices and businesses and pride ourselves in offering the best support and advice we can to help you achieve your goals and ambitions.

About Dance City

Dance City is a major UK and international centre for dance. We are a purpose built environment for dance, with 5 studios, meeting rooms, a café and a stunning theatre. We host performances throughout the year from visiting professional companies, provide opportunities for regional dancers to show their work and regular student showcases.

We are linked in to the National Dance Network, a group of all the main dance buildings and organisations in the UK and support and develop artists from across the world. We also deliver 80 community classes each week, for the people of the region to experience and build their skills through dance. We have many years experience of delivering degree and BTEC programmes, with performance, education and community at the heart of our work.

About Northumbria University

This course is subject to validation by Northumbria University, which means you get to enjoy all aspects of university life and take advantage of their fantastic facilities.

Spread over two campuses, the largest, City Campus, is located in the heart of Newcastle. Recently extended with the building of a £100million development, you’ll have access to the library, students’ union and accommodation services. The second campus, Coach Lane, is located just outside the city centre and is linked by a free bus service.

Renowned for the excellence of its teaching, as well as for preparing students for the world of work, Northumbria also provides research opportunities for professional reflective practice.


Entry requirements

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of modules includes a mix of summative and formative elements including assignments, reports, presentations, case studies and practical work based portfolios.

How will I be taught?

A mixture of classroom, practical and workshop work.

Qualifications needed

280 UCAS points and GCSEs grade A*-C in English Language and maths.

3 A-levels or a BTEC Extended Diploma (DMM or above) or their equivalent, such as an HEFC.

Mature students may be offered a place without these qualifications, depending on a successful interview/audition.

Required experience

Students must be able to demonstrate the following: A basic grounding in one or more dance style; excellent basic coordination; excellent musicality and sense of rhythm; good ability to pick up movement and to push themselves physically; good physical potential – loose joints, turn out . A desire to dance/teach/choreograph as a career.

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