Careers and Employability

Dance offers a variety of exciting career options. At the University of Chichester you will be guided by our team of specialist dance tutors and visiting dance professionals to find the route that most suits your interests and skills. Preparation for further study and employment is an integral part of our Dance Programme.

Have a look at our Alumni Album to find out about the variety of experiences our students have on graduation

Career Options

  • Choreographer
  • Independent Dance Artist
  • Community Dance Practitioner
  • Dance Education Officer
  • Arts Administrator
  • Media – radio & TV
  • Dance Journalist or Critic
  • Stage Manager 
  • Dance Movement Psychotherapist (requires postgraduate study)
  • Teacher in Primary, Secondary, Further and Higher Education (requires postgraduate study)
  • Postgraduate study and Research


We are very proud of all our dance graduates, who have moved into different areas of performance, teaching, administration, postgraduate study and research. This variety of Dance practice gives a sense of the breadth of careers available to a Dance graduate and the success of our recent graduates from both the BA and MA programmes.

  • Yasmin Loxham-Parkar, Jonathan MewettBrooke Purkis and Marika Thomson: dancers with mapdance, University of Chichester (2015)
  • KJ Lawson Mortimer: dancer with Transitions Dance Company, Trinity Laban (2011); since finishing her training KJ has worked as an independent dance artist with Akram Khan, Jorge Crecis, James Wilton Dance, Sandiland & Flexer and Glasshouse. KJ is also an Ambassador for Dance Excellence in Hampshire and an Associate Lecturer at the University of Chichester
  • Kayleigh Crook: dancer with mapdance (2011); Kayleigh is currently an independent dance artist and keen photographer; her company Chhaya Collective produces some beautiful work that explores the relationships between artists in the UK and India
  • Joe Darby: dancer with Transitions Dance Company, Trinity Laban (2011); Joe is touring with Lila Dance on their production The Deluge (2015)
  • ​Emma Bright (née Breeze): Since graduation Emma has become a very successful business woman through her dance company Embody Dance
  • Eleanor Arnold Archer, Vicky Blackhall, Danielle Gardner, Ashley O'Reilly, Eleanor Parry and Amy Ware: PGCE Secondary Dance at the University of Chichester (2015)
  • Nick Kyprianou and Kathryn Peters: on graduation both Nick and Kathryn secured internships at Trinity Laban (2014) Nick is now working at the Royal Academy of Dance on their Step into Dance programme and Kathyrn works for the ISTD
  • Louise Kay: programming internship at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London (2015)
  • Claire Wakefield: Dance Internship at The Point, Eastleigh (2013)
  • Jerrel Jackson: On graduation from the BA programme (2009) Jerrel chose to take his Masters Degree at Chichester (2011); Jerrel now runs a successful dance company, Jerrel Jackson Dance in Birmingham
  • Abi Mortimer and Carrie Whitaker: On graduation Abi and Carrie set up Lila Dance (Choreographers and Arts Council funded touring company); their latest production The Deluge is currently touring throughout the UK to critical acclaim. Abi and Carrie are also Senior Lecturers at the University of Chichester
  • Aya Kobayashi: Dancer with Yael FlexerAnjali Dance Company and Lila Dance
  • Andy Granville and Amy Wigglesworth: successful teachers in dance at secondary and FE level; Andy is Director of Dance at Birmingham Ormiston Academy and Amy is Programme Manager for Dance at Bridgewater College (FE). 
  • Jennifer Grant and Joe Garbett: aKa Dance Theatre Company; on graduation Jen studied for an MA in Choreography at Trinity Laban (2013) and Joe took further professional development with JV2 (2013); AkA is the company in residence at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre in Taunton
  • Sally Smithson: dancer with aKa Dance Theatre Company; following graduation Sally took the MA in Creative Practice at Trinity Laban, she has been a dancer with aKa since 2015
  • Carmine de Amicis: has danced with Chantry Dance Company and is currently a performer with Tavaziva Dance Company
Dr Ann Nugent with 2014 Dance Graduate Phil Barton
Dance Graduate Emma Breeze