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MA Dance: Advanced Practice 

Further your dance studies and specialise in areas such as pedagogy or working with a choreographer in repertory

1 year Full Time
Bishop Otter Campus


This MA Dance Advance Practice degree encourages you to further your Dance studies at a postgraduate level. You will have the choice to specialise in areas such as pedagogy or working with a choreographer in repertory as you focus on your employability.

In your dissertation you will undertake an extended research project to develop your skills and practice in the area that you are most interested in. This could be fully written, a practical piece of choreography/practice as research, or a combination of the two.  

On this course you will:

  • Study core and optional modules with the flexibility to balance your studies alongside working.
  • Specialise in specific topics.
  • Be able to complete daily Techniques for Performance classes alongside your weekly modules.
  • Learn from highly experienced lecturing staff and dance practitioners all specialise in their chosen fields.
  • Work and study with dance critics, to dance company directors and choreographers.

Teaching and Assessment

How you will learn

You will study through theoretical and practical workshops, lecturers, seminars and rehearsals. You will be assessed through a range of assignments depending on which study options you choose.

All modules are assessed through programme work in the form of practical choreography presentations, essays, reports, presentations, learning journals, portfolios, online tasks and group working.

Class sizes vary depending on the modules you and other students select. For example dance technique classes usually have up to 20 students whereas Performing Politics may have around 10 students.

The Course

What you will study

This course is made up of core and optional modules. 

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

Artist as Producer

You will undertake initial research into a range of contemporary dance and performance related platforms, festivals, projects and artist-development schemes both within the UK and in European or international contexts. You will develop an articulation of your work and practice through the development of a website resource that includes a distinctive artist’s ‘statement’.

Dance Dissertation (Level 7)

On this independent dissertation project you will choose a research area to investigate which you will agree with your tutors. Your research could focus on performance practice, professional practice (i.e. teaching and community dance practices) applied critical, historical or epistemological issues.

Repertory 2

This practical module is an opportunity to work on the creation or re-staging of a repertoire work. You will engage with choreographic devising and performance as an independent group or as part of the MA company mapdance. To study this module you must also select Techniques for Performance.

Pedagogical Approaches in Dance

You will analyse, deconstruct and reconstruct technical exercises and phrases to build a critical base of teaching material. You will explore planning, phrase construction and giving corrections in dance teaching in the context of somatic development and consideration of issues relating to health and safety. As well as being introduced to lesson planning, devising schemes of work for different levels and abilities you are expected to undertake critical analysis and evaluation of professional dance classes. 

Philosophy and Aesthetics

In this theoretical module you will explore how knowledge about dance is rooted in philosophical and aesthetic ideologies, from both historicised and contemporary perspectives. You will look through a wide lens at dance and its evolving beliefs, with the main focus on dance as art, and contemporary dance.

Techniques for Performance (Level 7)

This module will include daily technical training to develop your interpretive and presentational skills in preparation for performance. You will explore motion complexity, qualitative interpretation, musicality, alignment, flexibility, core strength, and stamina as you develop the technical skills you will need as a professional dancer. 

Body in Site

You will complete a self-directed choreographic exploration task in the University’s virtual learning environment. 

Scientific Principles of Dance Practice

You will use a combination of lectures, seminars, practical workshops and independent exploratory tasks to examine interrelated theories from motor learning and control, physiological training principles, psychological approaches to dance practice and embodied perception. You will consider how to apply these principles to advance and enhance dance practice.

New Media and Performance Practices

During this practical and theoretical module you will engage in the conceptual issues of digital media in the context of choreographic works and installations. You will develop the skills required to produce creative work using digital media and documentation, and produce the dissemination of performance or performative practices on DVD, web-based or other digital formats.

Developing Dance Practice

You will explore strategies for developing dance practitioner processes, working practices, and creative and organisational methods specific to a work-based context. You will explore a practice of your choice and engage with tutorials either in person or remotely.


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. 

Work Placements

Gain workplace experience

You will have opportunities to complete specific placements during this course. There are placements opportunities on the Pedagogical Approaches module where you can apply your teaching knowledge in areas including primary and secondary education or in a community setting. You could work with a youth dance group, or an older aged group such as Parkinson Group.


Where this course could lead

This MA Dance: Advanced Practice course supports your development of a portfolio career that can progress into areas such as dance performance, teaching, choreography, arts administration.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2022/23

UK fee
International fee

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):

Honours degree
2:2 or higher
in a related discipline.
with no element lower than 5.5.

You will need to audition for this course.


Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

Click the ‘Apply now’ button to go to our postgraduate application form. We will consider your application and you may be invited to audition and interview.

When does this course start?

This course starts in September 2022.

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