Dance Performance students doing routine

BA (Hons) Dance Performance

Dance Performance is an intensive dance training that develops your technical, creative and performance skills

W505
3 years Full Time
Bishop Otter Campus

Overview

With a focus on contemporary dance performance and progressing into 3Fall Dance Company in your 3rd Year, this intensive dance training aims to prepare you for the world of work as a versatile dance artist and performer. You will be developing your own choreographic voice alongside working with professional choreographers who are both your regular tutors and visiting artists. In the past, 3Fall dancers have worked with James Wilton, Richard Chappell, Lila Dance, Kay Crook and Ceyda Tanc.

Dance technique is taken every day to build your technical foundations and strength with classes in contemporary dance – including classes on Cunningham, Limon, release, Classical Ballet, contact improvisation, somatic practices, and dance styles from wider contexts such as aerial and styles influenced from Turkish or other cultural perspectives. In addition to these daily classes there are Performance Technique classes, approx. 3-4 hours per week in areas such as body conditioning, additional Ballet, Aerial, yoga, Feldenkrais or further contemporary to focus on specific aspects in relation to your training and performance. You will develop your technical and expressive skills through studio based choreographic works and take part in regular performances. The ratio of practice to theory for this course is approximately 70:30.

To support your studio practice modules that are in addition to technique, choreography, performance project, repertory, improvisation and performance; you will take modules such as Preparing the Dance Artist for Work (audition techniques, making a show reel, writing a CV), Teaching Dance Technique and you will undertake an Independent Study Project.

In your third year you will be a part of the 3Fall Dance Company, working with professional choreographers to prepare a full evening performance that is then toured to theatres and schools across the country.

On this course you will be:

  • Studying on a highly practical course with a practice to theory ratio of 70:30.
  • Taking 5 dance technique and 3-4 performance techniques classes per week.
  • Studying a range of dance styles including contemporary technique and ballet.
  • Performing regularly throughout your studies.
  • Joining a close dance community and work with dance students from other courses and year groups.
  • Being in 3Fall Dance Company and touring to venues outside of the university.

3Fall Dance Company

Join a working dance company

Being in the company will help prepare you for your career as a professional dancer as you tour locally, nationally and internationally. It is an intensive, work-based learning experience that develops your technical, creative and performance skills.  You will work with professional choreographers as you tour to theatres, schools and colleges to perform. The repertoire changes each year and previous choreographers have included James Wilton, Stuart Waters, Fillip Van Huffel, Abi Mortimer, Aya Kobayashi, Yael Flexer, and Joe Garbett.

As a second area, you will have the opportunity to select and develop skills in arts administration and technical theatre and will be involved in the setting up of the tour (devising marketing materials and tour booking) and assisting in the technical preparations in operating the lighting and sound.  You will gain experience in teaching by providing educational opportunities to school groups and leading residencies, devising workshops and running technique classes. We also link with the youth company 3Fall Youth at Shoreham Academy.

More about the 3Fall Dance Company.

Teaching and Assessment

How you will learn

You will complete a range of practical and contextual assessment tasks such as studio technique class assessments, live performances of your choreography, PowerPoint presentations for modules such as Preparing the Dance Artist for Work and written assignments for Research Methodologies and Independent Study Project.

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

Robbie

BA (Hons) Dance Performance
"The Dance Performance course is a great way to widen your dance knowledge and improve your technical abilities. The course is demanding; physically and mentally but in your lessons you learn to channel your energy to make sure you can perform the same at the beginning and the end of each day. The teachers are really supportive and understand that everyone has different strengths. Before coming to Chichester I had never done ballet before; I was worried that I would struggle and not be able to keep up with everyone else but the teachers have really helped me and pushed me the right amount so that I feel more confident and comfortable in class."

The Course

What you will study

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.

This degree is made up of modules. You will study a selection of core and optional modules each year.

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.

Performance Techniques

This module will further develop your skills from Dance Technique 1. You will develop a healthy and safe dance practice and use your body knowledge to inform your application in contemporary dance technique and performance. Your practice will draw attention to dynamic alignment, core stability, placement and kinesthetic awareness. You will focus on safe dance practice throughout the module and learn explore the knowledge and skills you need for personal preparation (warm-up/cool-down) and safe practice in class (awareness of personal limitations and ability). 

Performance Project

This module will introduce key production skills. You will develop the skills to edit your own music and save it in different formats as well as exploring the reason and application for these decisions. You will explore types of lighting fixture and the effects they create alongside the methods for controlling and recording lighting states. In the intensive week you will work in groups to devise a short piece for a fringe-style sharing. You will use a basic lighting rig and are encouraged to be creative in developing and documenting a short dance work with lighting and audio. 

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.

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.

Dance Technique (Level 5)

You will continue to train your technique and develop your understanding in daily classes. 

Performance Techniques (Level 5)

This module builds on your training in module Dance Technique 2 and supports you to develop a healthy and safe dance practice. You will use your body knowledge to inform your application in contemporary dance technique and performance. You will be aware of dynamic alignment, core stability, placement and kinaesthetic awareness. 

Composing Dances

You will broaden your choreographic experience by developing group pieces using a tutor identified research source. You will focus on compositional processes and structural devices and you explore the dynamic relationship between form and content through a range of tutor led processes. You will develop an assessed collaboratively directed group performance (normally in a trio) and have the opportunity to further advance your compositional, directing, organisational and performance skills.

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. 

Preparing the Dance Artist for Work

This module uses a series of guest lectures, seminars and practical sessions to encourage and develop the exchange of knowledge and skills as you consider and plan for your future career in dance. You will develop strategies to connect yourself to dance companies and organisations, internships, and graduate apprenticeships. You will access guidance on self-employment, insurance and DBS requirements through workshops and individual research projects.

Dance Production (3Fall Dance Company module)

This module acts as a bridge to your professional career. You will perform as part of a company touring to professional venues, schools and colleges and develop and lead workshops in a variety of educational establishments. You will build on previous modules and gain applied experience of choreographic, performance, teaching and communication skills. You will consolidate your written skills in a project report which analyses and evaluates your individual involvement. 

Independent Project (Dance)

This investigative project encourages you to demonstrate a systematic understanding of a key area of dance practice or research applicable to the work-life of the performer. You will explore an area of research that is both of personal interest and also informed by aspects of the discipline.

Improvisation and Performance

In this module you will further develop your performance skills and vocabulary in solo performance and group improvisation. You will use spontaneous compositional practice in group situations to explore relationship possibilities and the develop your kinaesthetic, spatial and aural awareness. You will build towards setting structures for performance through an understanding of scores and prepare for performed and assessed structured improvisations at the end of the semester.

Choreographic Projects

Clear dialogue between process and product allows students to research, direct and develop a work of choreography. Communication of meaning and imagery, development of personal style, dance and music partnerships and use of scenography to support thematic intent (costume, lighting, visual effects, objects and/or set) are explored in relation to imaginative, project-specific problem-solving. Methodologies and techniques are revisited and used to define and refine thematic content in works- in-progress. Choreographic process is considered and analysed through a critically reflective lens, supported by pre-assessments furthering self and peer-appraisal of works in progress. Theatre production enables students meet the demands of public dance performance Assessment: practical - create work for a performance

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. 

Interdisciplinary Arts Project

This intensive module allow you to develop a cohesive interdisciplinary production for a variety of performance contexts including local and national festivals of the arts. You are encouraged to extend your knowledge through collaborative methodologies, production of new work and reflection and evaluation on your project. You will be able to develop stage management, design and production skills in preparation for the final showing of the work and you will be engaged in the planning, choreographing/making and directing/supporting of your work. This mirrors a professional environment and you will be supported by daily practice, feedback and guidance. 

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. 

Study Abroad Opportunities

You will be able to complete an international or European exchange as part of your studies. You could undertake an exchange for one semester or a whole year at one of our partnership institutions in Canada, USA, Sweden, Portugal, Israel, Norway or elsewhere.

Work Placements

Take on industry roles

In the second year of study, there is the option to take a placement. The Dance Department has excellent links with dance companies and arts organisations across the country and can help you secure successful work experience and placement opportunities. It should be noted that these placements may vary in the experiences offered, but always enable a greater insight into the profession.

Previous students have worked at companies including:

  • Motionhouse
  • Loop Dance
  • Stop Gap
  • Jasmin Vardimon
  • South East Dance
  • Sussex Dance Network
  • The Point
  • Yorke Dance Project
  • One Dance UK
  • Scottish Ballet
  • National Dance Company of Wales
  • Pavilion Dance South West
  • Far Flung Dance Theatre

In your third year you’ll be in our 3Fall Dance Company, which will give you unique opportunities to perform in theatres, schools and colleges and operates as a work-based learning company.

Careers

Where you could go after your studies

This BA (Hons) Dance Performance degree prepares you for a range of careers across the dance industry.

You could become a:

  • Dance performer
  • Community dance practitioner 
  • Independent dance artist (performer, choreographer)
  • Dance company education officer
  • Postgraduate student and researcher

Dance Graduates

Previous dance graduates have moved into different areas of performance, teaching, administration, postgraduate study and research. This shows the range of careers available to you when you graduate.

Some graduates have become community dance artists, creating their own companies such as Doodle Dance or working with different groups including CAT groups, Youth Dance, SEND, and the elderly.

  • Kayleigh Crook: dancer with mapdance (2011); Kayleigh is currently an independent dance artist and choreographer. Her company Chhaya Collective produces some beautiful work that explores the relationships between artists in the UK and India. Kayleigh returned to Chichester to make a work on 3Fall Dance Company for the 2020 tour.
  • Andy Granville: Went on to complete his PGCE has taught dance in several schools in Kent and is now the Lead Dance Studies Teacher at the Royal Ballet.
  • Jen Grant and Joe Garbett: Set up aKa Dance Theatre Company in 2014. Joe has since returned to Chichester to make works on both 3Fall Dance Company and Hive Dance Collective.
  • Charlotte Hannah: Undertook the JV2 training with Jasmin Vardimon and then joined Motionhouse.

Browse our aumni on Facebook to discover some of the successes of our students after they graduate.

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 usually run from December through until March.

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. For the Dance Performance programme, you will also be required to take part in a Ballet class and then prepare and perform a short solo.

You will also complete an interview where you can showcase share your interest and training or experience in dance.

There is a fee of £25 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.

Your Audition 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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