Study dance technique and perform as you learn


Study dance technique and perform as you learn

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Study, Perform, Create

Introducing the Dance department

Why study Dance?

Dance Courses

Perform, teach, choreograph and more

Tailor your course with optional and share modules to make your dance degree unique to you.

Select a learning level
  • All
  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate
dance science students working with respiratory equipment

MSc Dance Science

Develop your research practice and understanding in dance science as you specialise in biomechanics, nutrition, physiology, psychology or strength and conditioning.
MapDance Performers

MA Performance: Dance (MapDance)

Learn from guest lecturers and perform and tour nationally and internationally with mapdance from February to May. This course is led by mapdance company Artistic Directors Yael Flexer and Detta Howe.
Dance student

MA Dance: Advanced Practice 

Develop your portfolio career to progress into areas including dance performance, teaching, choreography, and arts administration.
Dance students rehearsing

MA Dance, Somatics and Dance Science

Prepare for a career in somatics and dance science, extend your dance knowledge and studio, applied and experiential practice.
Dance student reading book in library

MA Dance Research

Explore your dance research interests, network with others in dance research and design your research programme.
Students performing

MA Choreography by Independent Research

Develop your choreography, join our dance community and benefit from flexible teaching options with evening or weekend sessions as you pursue your research.
Choreography students

MA Choreography and Professional Practice

Join this industry-facing course and build relationships with dance professionals as you discover research in the arts, learn to document live performance practice and develop and promote your work.
dance science students working with respiratory equipment

BSc (Hons) Dance Science & MSci Dance Science

Complete daily technique classes and explore the science of the body and mind during dance as you learn to enhance dance perform at all levels.
Aerial Circus Training

BA (Hons) Dance, Aerial and Physical Theatre 

Discover aerial arts and physical theatre alongside contemporary choreography to develop a broad understanding of dance and a fresh and exciting movement vocabulary.
Dance students performing

BA (Hons) Dance Studies Top Up

Upgrade your current experience and studies to a full undergraduate degree with this top-up course and take part in daily dance technique classes as you explore a range of contextual modules.
Dance Performance students doing routine

BA (Hons) Dance Performance

Perform and create a touring performance programme and work with professional choreographers like James Wilton, Richard Chappell, Lila Dance and Kay Crook as a part of the 3Fall dance company.
Dance science students working

BA (Hons) Dance Education and Teaching

Develop your skills as a dance practitioner and explore teaching in a range of different dance settings – schools, community dance, professional company education units, special educational needs and disability teaching.
Students dancing

BA (Hons) Dance

Take part in daily dance technique classes a explore a range of contextual modules to inform your dance practice on this highly practical degree.

Perform with professional companies

Perform with the 3Fall Dance company or MapDance

Take part in student performances with the undergraduate 3Fall Dance Company, postgraduate company MapDance or HIVE.

Dance student performing

Perform throughout your studies

Take part in shared classes and join the dance community

Share classes with students across the department and take part in technique classes and performance across a range of styles.

Professional dance facilities

Train, rehearse and study in industry standard spaces

Our University dance facilities include:

  • Four purpose built dance studios.
  • The Arts Council funded Dance Studio Theatre.
  • The Show Room, a fully-equipped 250-seat theatre.
  • A 110-seat studio theatre.
  • A newly refurbished large gymnasium space.
  • 2 sprung floor spaces.
  • Sports and Exercise Science Facilities including dedicated physiology, psychology and biomechanics labs, a sports injury clinic, modern fitness suite, strength and conditioning room, and two multi-purpose gyms.
Dance students performing

Learn from industry experienced lecturers

Be taught by staff who work in industry as performers, artistic directors, film makers, journalists, dance scientists, and researchers

Head of Dance Department

Cathy's background focuses on dance performance. Cathy trained at Laban and continued to the postgraduate dance company Transitions Dance Company before joining English Dance Theatre, where she worked with choreographers such as Robert Cohan, Michael Clark, Kim Brandstrup and David Glass.

Senior Lecturer and Co-Artistic Director for Mapdance

Detta Howe teaches on both BA and MA programmes and co-directs their postgraduate company mapdance. In 2013 Detta completed her Masters which furthered her interest in improvisation and awareness in motion, challenging her working processes and curiosity about the dancing body.

Professor in Site-Dance, MA Choreography and Professional Practices Leader

Vicky teaches across a range of theoretical and practical modules and has a specialism in teaching Cunningham-based contemporary technique.

dance students performing

Attend professional performances

Enjoy performances and talks from professionals on campus

Watch performances in University spaces and attend talks with professionals to enhance your studies.

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