This programme is aimed at students who have an interest in both dance and sports science and draws on the physiological, biomechanical and psychological characteristics inherent in dance training and exercise as well as the application of science to the elite dance performer.
The first year of study will enable you to undertake a daily dance technique class in contemporary, ballet, fitness, Feldenkrais and ballet. This is then supported by introductory approaches to dance analysis, somatic practices and research methods. Modules such as Muscles and Movement in Dance will enable you to be introduced to the basic concepts of anatomy and biomechanics and how they relate to human movement and performance. Applications of Psychology in Dance will enable you to start investigate elements of the psychology of human behaviour in exercise and performance. Fundamental to all of this, is the physiological understanding in relation to the moving body and the dance artist. To do this, it is essential to examine the structures and functions of the skeletal, neuromuscular, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, digestive and thermoregulatory systems.
From level 5, you will be able to progress onto either the Applied Performance route or the Health and Well Being route and here you will have the opportunity to select specific modules that you are interested including:
Applied Performance route - Repertory/Improvisation & Performance/Psychology of Physical Activity and Health/Nutritional Aspects in Health and Disease
Health and Wellbeing route - The Dancer’s Body/Body Stories/Clinical Exercise Physiology/Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise.
Central to both routes is the research methods, laboratory testing and studio practice.
At level 6, you will working increasingly in an autonomous way with a double weighted Research Project, which could, for example, mean that you are working alongside the undergraduate dance company 3Fall Dance Company to explore aspects such as an individual case study or the specific demands of an individual professional choreographer or touring fatigue. You also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement and this could be with a community dance group or a dance company.
Other module options for the level 6 Applied Performance route include Biomechanical Techniques, Training Strategies for Sport Performance, Nutritional Strategies for Sports Performance, Teaching Dance Technique, Dance Placement, Teaching Dance and Creative Practice, Body Image and Performance.
Module options for the level 6 Health and Wellbeing route include Dance Technique, Dance Movement Psychotherapy, Teaching Dance Technique, Teaching Dance and Creative Practice, Body Image and Performance, Psychology of Injury and Rehabilitation, Exercise and Physical Activity Interventions, Physical Activity Obesity and Diabetes, Cardiovascular Rehabilitation.
Our facilities content
The dance facilities include four superb dance studios, a fully-equipped 250-seat theatre ‘The Showroom’, and a 110-seat studio theatre performance space. In addition, there is a newly refurbished large gymnasium space together with two new sprung-floor spaces in the new academic building. . Our students will use the facilities within our dance technical team to enhance their understanding of scenography, sound and cameras, and the editing suites to support their choreography and creative practice situated in the Learning and Information Zone of the library.
The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities, both academic and recreational, at the University. The Tudor Hale Centre for Sport incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness suite.
- Sports Dome, with four tennis courts, three netball courts
- Sports hall
- Modern fitness suite
- Strength and conditioning room
- Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
- Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder
- Two seminar rooms
Sport Science Laboratories
- Four dedicated psychology labs
- Two dedicated biomechanics labs
- Five dedicated physiology labs
- An environmental chamber to simulate heat, altitude, etc
- A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space
The departments of Dance and Sports Science have strong links with a variety of organisations and dance companies and has for many year engaged successfully to place students in a work experience or placement. These have included:
- Hofesh Schechter
- Akram Khan
- Loop Dance
- Stop Gap
- Jasmin Vardimon
- South East Dance
- The Point
- York Dance Project
In addition, students can undertake work placements in community settings such as sports centres, individual clubs and organisations, mainstream schools, afterschool clubs and special educational needs organisations.
The modules identified beneath include a sample of the core and elective areas of study within the programme.
Muscles and Movement in Dance
Physiology in the Exercising Human
Dance Analysis and Somatic Practices
Understanding the Science of Dance Practice
Application of Psychology in Dance
Researching Dance Science
The Conscious Dancer
Improvisation and Performance
Performance And Place
Cognitive Psychology for Sport Performance
Sports Injury and Prevention
Sport and Exercise in Extreme Environments
Performance Analysis in Sport
Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise
Nutritional Aspects in Health and Disease
The Dancer’s Body
Exercise Prescription for Health and Fitness
Psychology of Physical Activity and Health
Advanced Research in Sport and Exercise (MSci Route Only)
Issues in Sport and Exercise Science
Teaching Dance Technique
Teaching Dance and Creative Practice
Psychology of Injury and Rehabilitation
Body Image and Performance
Applied Sport Psychology: Delivering Mental Strategies
Training Strategies for Sport Performance
Nutritional Strategies for Sports Performance
Teaching and assessment
You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, portfolios, practical assessments, lab reports, and oral presentations and practical studio based assessment
Daily practical classes enable you to engage in healthy, safe dance practice, through floor, ballet barre, centre work, traveling exercises and improvisational exercises, designed to develop technique skills needed for university dance study. The Learning and teaching in dance technique allows you to develop movement memory through repetition of set sequences, timing and musicality, use of space, and experiential learning through improvisational techniques.
Our course includes a mix of assessments, so that you may develop a wide range of transferable skills. Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress. You can monitor your own progress, allowing you the opportunity to discuss and plan your development with your lecturers throughout the course. Where appropriate, special arrangements can be made for students with an identified need.
Entry requirements 2017 - 2018
UCAS tariff points of 112-128 points including one science based A level subject (Physical Education, Human Biology, Biology at C or above and preferably A Level Dance at C and above)
(MSci requires BBB or ABC)
equivalent portfolio of relevant dance training, for example RAD, vocational dance training or EPQ
BTEC Extended Diploma in Science, Sports or Performing Arts (Dance) with DDM
(MSci - DDD)
English Language and Mathematics GCSE to grade C / 4 or above (or equivalent).