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BA (Hons) Dance Education and Teaching

Share your passion for dance with others through teaching and performance

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3 years Full Time
Bishop Otter Campus

Overview

This course will prepare you to share your passion for dance with others and teach in a variety of settings including mainstream schools, youth dance companies, community classes or by working with older adults.

This BA (Hons) Dance Education and Teaching degree offers regular opportunities to perform alongside teaching work placements and specific education modules to inform your teaching career. You will have the opportunity complete an industrial placement year and graduate with industry experience. 

This course will develop your understanding of the core principles of dance technique and choreography while enhancing your creative skills and developing your knowledge, skills and understanding of teaching. You will gain an understanding of dance history and consider the social and political factors that impact the arts. 

You will study a variety of teaching settings and learn how to plan, deliver and facilitate student-led and community or school-based projects.

You will perform throughout your studies including at regular end of semester shows and have the option to take part in an international exchange programme during your second year. You will be able to work with professional choreographers and dancers and use University facilities including The Showroom and The Studio Theatre spaces. 

You will need to complete further study to qualify as a Dance Teacher in a school. We guarantee you an interview for the PGCE Dance programme once you graduate from this course as long as you hold English and Maths GCSEs at grade C/4 or higher.

On this course you will:

  • Complete daily dance technique classes – five classes per week in a range of styles, including contemporary technique and ballet.
  • Perform regularly including at end of semester shows.
  • Study teaching dance in a variety of contexts.
  • Prepare to teach dance in educational, professional and community settings.
  • Join a close dance community and work dance students from other courses.
  • Use University facilities including performance and rehearsal spaces.
  • Be able to complete work placements including an industrial placement year.

Teaching and Assessment

How you will learn

You will complete theoretical and practical study in most of your modules. Your typical study week will include dance technique classes, supplemental training practices, lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory skills sessions, studio-based workshops and application of practice.

Outside of scheduled classes you will complete independent study including researching texts, completing individual or group tasks and working on your assignments.

The Course

What you will study

You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year. Each module is worth a number of credits is delivered differently, depending on its content and focus of study.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

Dance Techniques

You will complete daily technique classes to develop your performance and dance understanding. You will refine your technical skills through reflective practice. You will explore explore key elements of dance fitness.

Choreography and Devising

The module will introduce a range of choreographic techniques, structures and working methods to initiate developments of choreographic skill. You will complete a tutor-led group performance which will enable you to engage creatively with current choreographic processes, strategies and direction in the development of a performance work through a collective process.

Choreography and Performance

You will explore the creative, compositional, devising and production approaches characteristics of contemporary performance practice through the development of student-led group performance work. You are encouraged to consider theme, expression and communication through devices and strategies that extend and develop movement possibilities, theatrical modes of presentation and points of view. You will engage in processes-led investigations that reflect performative contexts within the professional dance sector, leading to an explicit outcome.

Movement Studies: Analysis and Awareness

You will complete practical sessions informed by established models of practice and underpinned with theoretical insight. You will use the principles of Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) to develop an understanding of the concepts of body, shape, space and effort in theory and practice.

Applications of Psychology in Dance

Dance contexts provide a fascinating and complex opportunity to investigate elements of the psychology of human behaviour. In this module you will be introduced to the diverse areas of psychology that you will explore throughout your degree. This could me in the context of dance performance, health and wellbeing, or skill acquisition and teaching. 

Examining Dance History

Students are introduced to ‘key figures’ who are understood to have shaped Theatre Dance (Ballet and/or Modern and Contemporary Dance practice) in the USA, UK, and the rest of Europe. Selection is made from a variety of dance practitioners and includes reference to wider artistic, cultural, and political contexts. Students are also introduced to the notion of academic writing, which encourages a more balanced and objective interpretation of the evidence under investigation.

Re-examining Dance

This module is an opportunity to consider ideas that have shaped the dance landscape and resulted in a range of dance performances. You will explore dance examples from the UK or the widening global dance field. You will complete a detailed exploration of one dance example (chosen by your tutor) which will involve both practical and theoretical underpinning which you will explore the technique and style of the work and the historical, cultural, political and/or artistic contexts in which it resides.

Repertory

Dancing in the construction or reconstruction of a work of repertory will give you opportunities to extend your creative practical skills in dance performance. You are directed to apply choreographic knowledge and performance skills from level 4 in devising and problem-solving within select frameworks linked to research processes (practical and contextual) underpinning the repertory. You will complete weekly workshops and engage in choreographic process focusing on rehearsal strategies, follow-up discussion and independent research. 

Safe Dance Practice (connected with Safe in Dance International certificate)

This module addresses the five knowledge areas identified by Safe in Dance International (SiDI) and their 10 associated core principles of healthy dance practice. You will cover topics including health and safety in the dance environment, injury reduction and management, anatomical and biomechanical principles of alignment, and psychological aspects of dance practice. You will also explore the principles of integrated and supplemental fitness and conditioning for dancers, effective warm-up and cool-downs, dance science informed considerations for progression, sequencing and structure of dance activities, an overview of nutrition and hydration needs for the dancer and considerations for varying group-specific needs and risk factors (such as age and ability/disability of dance participants). You will have the option to complete the industry standard Safe in Dance International (SiDI) certification which credits safe dance practice knowledge and application and supports future employability 

The Dancer’s Body

This module explores the anatomy for the dancer. You will use a somatic approach to perceive the body ‘from within’ its systems and be introduced to the process of embodiment. You will use guided touch and structured improvisation to promote experiential learning of movement connectivity and expressivity, and work autonomously and with others to investigate and apply strategies for managing alignment/movement imbalances and patterns of injury. 

Industry Placement

Students choosing Work Placement module will have to started preparation beforehand by undertaking specific research and communication with a potential placement provider. This might be a small dance company, a mid-scale dance company (which is likely to be more of an insight into the running and operational contexts), a dance organisation such as a regional dance agency, community dance venues, educational institutions, youth groups or dance theatre receiving house/theatre space. The placement will require students to work initially in a self-directed way with guidance from your tutor and then directly with the organisation.

Dance Education – Culture and Community

Building on the subject specific skills and knowledge of dance acquired at levels 4, this module will introduce you to the breadth of opportunities there are to teach dance. Through the examination of key organisations and philosophies of teaching dance you will explore the part that dance plays within our cultural society and the benefits to people of all ages. Students will be encouraged to undertake independent research and experiment practically with different methodologies to enhance your understanding of dance education in different settings.

Teaching Dance Technique

You will build on your experience from Teaching Dance Technique and further develop your teaching skills to effectively deliver dance lesson content to different groups of participants. Where possible your group will observe, work with or teach groups outside of the University to experience real situations in preparation for their final practical teaching assessment. You will use micro teaching and group experiential sessions to focus on exploring appropriate lesson content and teaching methods. 

Popular Dance: Street, Stage, Screen

The module explores popular dance practices across a range of contexts such as popular screendance (an intertextual network connecting social media, television, music video and film), local communities of globally interconnected practice (taught and social settings), participatory events (carnivals, competitions, protests) and popular performance (staged events, for example stage musicals or neo-burlesque). You will discuss critical concepts in the study of popular dance such as identity, value, globalisation, commercialisation, cultural capital, power and resistance, appropriation (e.g. copyright), labour and affect. 

Principles of Motor Learning for Dance

Theories and practices of motor learning and control will be identified and explored. Specific topics that will be covered include (but are not limited to) organisation of motor control, perception, anticipation, instructional strategies, conditions of practice, attention and feedback. The intersection of somatically informed approaches to practice will also be considered. Consideration of different learners will be addressed in relevant weeks in relation to the novice or advanced dancer. Students will be required to reflect on their own learning preferences and critique existing approaches to practice that they have been exposed to.

Applied Dance: Community Production & Administration (Placement)

In this module you will undertake a work placement in a dance related role. You could work in dance administration, technical production or work in the community dance sector. You will be required to apply your own decision- making skills and exercise your own initiative during your placement, and to reflect on and evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses. Potential placement venues include regional dance agencies, small scale dance companies, community dance venues, educational institutions or dance magazines. If you choose to study the 45-credit option of this module you will have selected to work with 3Fall Dance Company or mapdance in an intensive technical theatre practice or administration role. You will work alongside the company in preparing for the tour in semester 1 and be fully involved in the touring schedule in the first half of semester 2. 

Dance Movement Psychotherapy (1 & 2)

This this module you will examine the theory and practice of dance movement psychotherapy (DMP) and explore a range of theoretical bases which can underpin your practice. The module covers psychodynamic, humanistic and transpersonal approaches, and explores integrative creative practice. You will draw upon the related models of Authentic Movement and movement-based expressive arts therapy (deriving from the Halprin/Tamalpa model).

Facilities

Rehearse and perform in practical spaces

You will perform in an Arts Council funded Dance Theatre Space and rehearse in four superb dance studios, the large gymnasium and two sprung-floor spaces. You will also be able to take advantage of a programme of dance company performances, workshops and events supported by Arts Council funding. 

Careers

Where you could go after your studies

This BA (Hons) Dance Education and Teaching degree prepares you to pursue a career teaching dance in a range of settings.

You could become a:

  • Teacher in primary, secondary, further and higher education (with postgraduate study)
  • Worker in a youth dance company (leading and teaching)
  • Community dance artist
  • Dance movement psychotherapist (with postgraduate study)
  • Postgraduate study and research student 

You will need to complete further study to qualify as a Dance Teacher in a school. We guarantee you an interview for the PGCE Dance programme once you graduate from this course, as long as you hold English and Maths GCSEs at grade C/4 or higher.

Further Study

You could choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level.

Study options at the University of Chichester include:

  • PGCE
  • MA Performance: Dance
  • MA Dance Research
  • MA Choreography and Professional Practice
  • MA Dance, Somatics and Dance Science
  • MA Choreography (Independent Research)
  • MA Dance: Advanced Practice

University of Chichester alumni receive a discount on postgraduate fees.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2022/23

UK fee
£9,250
International fee
£14,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

UCAS
96-112
tariff points.
A Levels
BBB-CCC
BTEC
DDD-MMM
IB
28 points
IELTS
6.0
with no element lower than 5.5.

Auditions

You will participate in a dance audition (two and half hour practical) which is designed to assess your potential to respond both technically and expressively. You will also complete an interview where you can showcase your interest and training or experience in dance. Find out more about this process below.

Auditions and Interviews

Your audition

Auditions and interviews usually run from December until March. As well as your interview and practical audition, you will submit a short written task before your interview.

We aim to offer you a genuine dialogue during your application process. This gives you a sense of worth and achievement from the audition process itself; a sense of ownership for you during the process and, ultimately, is an opportunity for us to get a clear understanding of who you are, what you need, and how we can best prepare you for your degree.

We judge you on your skills, your potential, and your personality, not your background.

There is a £25 fee for the audition which can be paid via our online store.

Interviews

You will be interviewed in pairs or threes. You will be asked about your experience and interest in dance and why you wish to study dance. This interview format is similar to the tutorials and seminar-based activities you will experience at the University so you are encouraged to discuss ideas with each other. We offer a range of courses so we are likely to ask about why you have selected this specific course.

We want to see a student who is genuinely interested in studying contemporary dance and is prepared to move beyond dance practice as a hobby. We like to hear about the professionals (choreographers, dancers, researchers) who interest and inspire you and your aspirations for the future.

Practical Auditions

The practical audition is designed to mirror a first-year experience so you will also take part in a tutor-led contemporary technique class and a creative task driven workshop.

We are looking for your potential for contemporary dance study (technique and creative practice) and how you work with others on practical tasks. We understand that you may feel nervous about dancing in front of an audition panel and will do our best to put you at ease so that you can perform to the best of your ability. 

Please wear dance clothes that you can move easily in. For example, tights, leggings or dance trousers with a leotard or fitted top. You will dance in bare feet for your contemporary dance and creative session.

We like our students to be enthusiastic, excited about studying contemporary dance, and prepared to have a go even if something is challenging. Please don’t worry about any aspect of the practical audition and remember that our students come from a range of dance backgrounds for all of our course. We do not expect perfection and are looking for your potential.

Written Tasks

The written course is designed to show us your potential and for you to share your ideas about dance with us. There are different written tasks depending on which course you apply for.

BA (Hons) Dance, BA (Hons) Dance Performance, BA (Hons) Dance, Aerial and Physical Theatre, BA (Hons) Dance Education and Teaching

You will need to prepare an essay reviewing a live or recorded performance you have seen recently. Your submission should be approximately one side of A4 and typed in 12-point font.

You are strongly advised not to write about any set works you are studying for your A level or BTEC course.

BSc (Hons) Dance Science Applicants

You will need to prepare an essay focusing on ONE of the following (1 or 2):

  1. The ways in which you think Dance Science can support a dancer in a professional dance company.
  2. Why dancing might be of benefit to the general (non-dance) population. Consider a specific group, such as inactive young people, elderly people with limited activity in their daily life, or people with specific illnesses. Why and how might Dance benefit these people?

Your submissions should be approximately one side of A4 and typed in 12-point font.

Additional Practical Tasks for BA (Hons) Dance Performance and BA (Hons) Dance, Aerial and Physical Theatre

If you are applying for BA (Hons) Dance Performance or BA (Hons) Dance, Aerial and Physical Theatre you will need to complete to following additional tasks.

Ballet Task

You will need to complete a practical ballet task as part of your audition. Ballet supports our contemporary dance practice at the University of Chichester and allows us to see you working in a different technique at audition. Your ballet audition task it is beginner level. We welcome applicants with a range of experiences and are looking for your dance potential, so if you have never done ballet before you should just have a go.

You can wear the same dance clothes as the contemporary technique and creative class but you will need to put on ballet shoes or socks.

Solo Performance

Your solo is pre-prepared and an opportunity for you to demonstrate your performance skills. It should be in a contemporary dance style. You can choose any music you like but you should not to select a pop song. You can dance in silence if you wish.

On your audition day you should bring two sources of music with you such as a CD and am iPod. This will help to stop you feeling anxious about your music not working. You should cut your music to the correct length – 1 minute.

We like to hear about what inspired you, so you should be prepared to talk about your choreography.

How to Book Your Audition

If you are invited to audition you will receive an email asking you to book your audition date on ChiView. If you are unsuccessful we will email you to let you know.

You can usually book two or three different days on ChiView at one time. Once these dates are close ChiView will refresh to show new options. If none of the current dates suit you then you should wait until the dates renew and check again. Dates are released two to three weeks in advance.

Once you have booked your audition or interview you will have access to the relevant documents on ChiView.

Log in to the ChiView portal, click on ‘Events schedule’ and then ‘View details’ to view, download, or print documents telling you how to prepare for your audition and what to expect on the day.

If your situation changes and you can no longer attend your interview date you should cancel your booking in ChiView by visiting your ‘Event Schedule’ and clicking ‘Cancel Attendance’. You also need to inform the admissions team by emailing admissions@chi.ac.uk so we can send you a new audition invitation.

Using ChiView

Sometimes if you are viewing your ChiView portal on a phone you will not be able to see the page correctly. If this happens you should try again on another device.

You may need to clear your browser history.

If you are still unable to see the ‘View details’ button, please check that you have successfully booked your audition/interview by clicking ‘respond to interview invitation’.

If all else fails please email admissions@chi.ac.uk with query and applicant number.

Auditioning for More Than One Course

Different courses have different requirements. If you are auditioning for:

  • BA (Hons) Dance and BA (Hons) Dance Performance: you should complete the written essay and prepare a solo
  • BSc (Hons) Dance Science and BA (Hons) Dance: you should complete the dance science essay
  • BSc (Hons) Dance Science and BA (Hons) Dance Performance: you should complete the dance science essay and prepare a solo

In your interview we will discuss which course you are most suited to.

What is the difference between the BA (Hons) Dance and BA (Hons) Dance Performance?

BA (Hons) Dance is a broad-based dance education offering a range of modules that lead to employment options in various dance careers. The course concludes with an extended project and there are opportunities for a professional placement.

BA (Hons) Dance Performance offers an increased focus on technical training and performance practice in contemporary dance, resulting in a more directed modular menu across the three years. The course concludes with the students dancing as performers in 3Fall Dance Company.

Can I change my application to a different course?

Yes. Email the Admissions Tutor for the course you want to change to; complete the preparation for that course. At your audition please highlight your change of course with a member of staff.

I am interested in Dance Science, but not sure whether I want to do the BSc or the MSci, do I need to decide now?

There are different entrance and progression criteria for the BSc and the MSci programmes. If you meet these criteria you can opt for either course. If you enrol on the MSci from the outset you will be more likely to have your funding guaranteed for the full four years. It is possible to transfer from one programme to the other after you begin your studies, up until commencing your third year.

What if I forget my written task or Health and Injury Questionnaire?

You can send it to us after the audition, although we won’t be able to process your application until we have received everything.

On the Day

On The Day

You audition day will include your interview, practical audition, and any additional tasks you need for your course. You will attend the campus and have the opportunity to learn about our different courses, department, and the University of Chichester in an initial group meeting.

You will complete your practical audition and your guests can wait and have a coffee. We will accompany during your practical piece so please bring copies of any piano accompaniment parts. Please do not bring photocopies unless you have the written permission of the copyright holder.

If you need particular equipment like a drum kit, orchestral percussion or a concert harp, please let the admissions team know so we can have this available for you. If you need to borrow an instrument because you won’t be able to bring your own, like a double bass or cello, please let us know so we can make sure there is one for you to use.

After the practical audition we will run a Q&A session for you and your guests to ask any questions you have.

What Do I Need to Bring?

On your audition day you will need:

  • a passport-sized photograph of you to help us identify you
  • your completed Health and Injury Questionnaire (available on ChiView after you book your audition)
  • your written task(s)
  • a pre-prepared 1-minute solo in a contemporary dance style if you are applying for BA (Hons) Dance Performance or BA (Hons) Dance, Aerial and Physical Theatre

Parking

You can park on-site if you buy a pay-and-display ticket but please note that the demand for car park spaces exceeds the spaces available, particularly during term time. For this reason, there are specific parking controls and restrictions to ensure the efficient and effective operation of the University, equity of access and fairness.

There are clearly marked disabled parking bays available at both campuses.

After Your Audition

After your audition we will discuss your application and our decision onto the admissions team who will update our decision on UCAS. We aim to let you know within a few days of your audition.

  • We make bespoke offers: Your offer is specifically for you. If we offer less than your predicted grades, this is because we want you to join us and we want to take a bit of pressure off of you heading into your exams.
  • We don’t do unconditional offers: Unless you already have your grades (you are a mature student), we will always insist on certain grade achievements because we want you to succeed in all aspects of your academic life including your A levels, BTEC, etc.
  • If you do not get the grades you wanted: Don’t panic. You received an offer because you were good enough for the department at audition. Ring us on the clearing hotline so we can discuss things with you.
  • We may offer you a different course: We may offer you a place on a course within the department that is different to the one they applied for. If this is the case we will speak to you about this at your audition or shortly afterwards. We will explain our reasoning, which will revolve around placing you on the most appropriate course where we think you will thrive.

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

Click the ‘Apply now’ button to go to relevant UCAS page.

What are UCAS tariff points?

Many qualifications have a UCAS Tariff value. The score depends on the qualification, and the grade you achieved.

How do I know what my UCAS tariff points are?

Head to the UCAS Tariff Points web page where you can find a tariff points calculator that can tell you how much your qualification and grades are worth.

When does this course start?

This course starts in September 2022.

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