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Explore your passion for dance

Introducing the Dance department

Why study Dance at the University of Chichester?

Dance courses

Discover courses that develop your performance, creative, research, and technical skills within dance

Our dynamic Dance courses allow you to explore a broad range of topics and specialisms in performance and technical development, research and theory, and education and contextual studies.

Select a learning level
  • All
  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate
  • Foundation Options
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BA (Hons) Dance

Extend your knowledge of dance through both daily technique classes and a range of practical and contextual modules as you build you degree around your interests.
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BA (Hons) Dance Performance

Build your technical foundations and strength as you focus on the art of contemporary dance performance practice.

BSc (Hons) Dance Science & MSci Dance Science

Explore how dance affects the body and mind, develop your technical skills through daily classes, and learn to enhance dance performance at all levels.
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BA (Hons) Dance Education and Teaching

Share your passion for dance with others as you develop your skills as a dance practitioner and explore teaching in a range of different dance settings.
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BA (Hons) Dance, Aerial and Physical Theatre 

Develop your dance skills whilst discovering aerial and physical theatre techniques to uncover exciting movement vocabulary and a fresh approach to choreography.
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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 Director Yael Flexer.
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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.

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.
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MA Dance: Advanced Practice 

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

Develop your research practice and understanding in dance science as you specialise in biomechanics, nutrition, physiology, psychology or strength and conditioning.
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Foundation Degree in Teaching Dance in the Private Sector

An innovative foundation degree preparing you for a successful career in the dance sector

Close community

Join our collaborative community of dancers

Studying at the University of Chichester allows you to share classes and modules with students from across our Dance Department to help creative a close. collaborative community of dancers, choreographers, writers, and researchers.

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Showcase your passion

Perform throughout your studies

Develop your technical skills with regular classes and development sessions as you work towards end-of-semester performances and showcases.

Perform with working companies

Seize opportunities to watch, join, and learn from our working dance companies

Our in-house working dance companies 3Fall, MapDance and HIVE provide performance, work experience, and professional networking opportunities for our undergraduate and postgraduate students.


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Dedicated 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.
  • Specialist physiology, psychology and biomechanics labs
  • Sports injury clinic

Expert teaching staff

Learn from industry-active professional dance artists, researchers, and practitioners

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 research and research degrees

Developing research in interdisciplinary work and new technologies

Research in Dance at the University is at an extremely exciting stage in its development as the interests of our dance researchers extends.

Our Dance Department has gained an international reputation in PhD studies through Practice as Research, and actively encourage applicants in this area of research practice.

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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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