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BA (Hons) Dance Education and Teaching

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Institution C58


Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

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


Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points:  96 - 120

A Levels: BBB - CCC


International Baccalaureate: 28 points

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Interview: Applicants will be required to participate in a dance audition (two and half hour practical) designed to assess your potential to respond both technically and expressively. Evidence of interest in and training / experience in dance is explored in a paired interview. This course will require an Enhanced DBS check.

Course content

The University of Chichester Dance Department has a well-established reputation for nurturing and developing creative graduates.  With regular opportunities to perform in your own and others work to the public, and being able to see and work with professional choreographers and dancers through our performance programmes in The Showroom and The Studio Theatre spaces, the Dance Department provides a challenging, but rewarding opportunity for you to train and explore theory through practice.

The Dance Education and Teaching programme is aimed at students who know that they want to share their passion for dance with others and teach in a variety of settings such as mainstream schools, youth dance companies, community classes or working with older adults. Developing the core principles of dance technique and choreography are essential to communicating and effectively demonstrating and enhancing creative skills, whilst developing your knowledge, skills and understanding of teaching dance. You will gain an understanding of dance history and consider the social and political factors that affect the arts, but importantly you will focus your studies on a variety of teaching settings and how to plan, deliver and facilitate student-led and community or school-based projects.  You have the option to undertake the Industry Placement module in Year Two and may want to progress onto the PGCE Dance programme upon graduation or further master’s level Dance studies at Chichester.

By completing this course we guarantee you an interview for the PGCE Dance programme subject to you gaining English and Maths GCSEs at grade C/4 or better.

Our facilities

Campus Location: Chichester 

Our dance facilities include four superb dance studios, a fully-equipped 250-seat theatre and a 110-seat studio theatre. 

Dance Studios

Dance Studio     Dance Studio

Studio Theatre

Studio Theatre     Studio Theatre

Rehearsal Space

In addition, there is a large gymnasium space together with two new sprung-floor spaces in the Academic Building.

Rehearsal Space     Rehearsal Space



The library offers a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your dance knowledge and research. There are a number of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas. 

We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.  The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment. 

It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

There are also:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media and equipment loans
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Where this can take you

Students graduating from our Dance programmes have sometimes immediately gone on to our PGCE (Secondary) Dance programme if they are wanting to teach in a mainstream school or on to the PGCE (Primary) Teacher Training programme.  Some students want to gain further teaching experiences and have gained that at a variety of setting including private dance schools or furthering their understanding as a community dance artist by leading classes as part of after school clubs, in arts centres or setting themselves up as a self-employed dance artist for example.

Employability and progression from the dance programmes are very strong with students going on to become:

  • Dancers within established companies
  • Independent dance artists and community practitioners
  • Artistic directors
  • Choreographers
  • Dance teachers in secondary, primary and college settings having completed their PGCE training
  • Dance Movement Psychotherapists
  • Dance film makers
  • Arts managers and producers
  • Technical theatre managers
  • Dance photographers
  • Lecturers and researchers

Indicative modules

Year One

Dance Technique (30 credits) [ballet, fitness, contemporary, contact improvisation]

Daily classes enable you to engage in healthy, safe dance practice, through floor, ballet barre, centre work, travelling exercises and improvisational exercises, designed to develop fundamental technical skills needed for university dance study. Learning and teaching in dance technique allows you to develop movement memory, accuracy in timing, musicality and spatial awareness through repetition of set sequences as well as experiential learning through improvisational techniques.

Key elements of ‘dance fitness’ are introduced in this module: strength (core stability), stamina, coordination, body placement, and kinesthetic awareness. You will be able to transfer knowledge of warm up, cool down and awareness of personal physical abilities and limitations to your own preparation and practice in order to work safely in daily classes.

Choreography & Devising (15 credits)

Through a combination of practical workshops and lectures, the module will explore a range of questions and ideas that underpin contemporary dance. This module is about doing and thinking; for example, we will question different ways of thinking about dance performance, dance philosophy, and its’ embodiment in practice. We will explore examples from different performance genres, and consider their characteristics, in relation to broader ideas and events.

Choreography & Performance (15 credits)

The module will explore creative, compositional, devising and production approaches characteristic of contemporary performance practice through the development of student-led group performance work. You will be encouraged to consider theme, expression and communication, through devices and strategies used to 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. Through the module, students will work through problem solving exercises, autonomously, in pairs and in larger groups to build confidence and directing skills relevant to the assessment. Building on work from semester 1, exploration, selection and editing of movement is key. The use and application of creative devices provides methodologies through which your work can be purposefully developed and organised. You will be encouraged to explore these devices imaginatively in order to research the scope and possibilities of your work. You will be introduced to contemporary performance themes and approaches to inform your development of a thematic/ performative context for the assessment composition. These approaches might include, but are not limited to: the use of text and speech in performance, dramaturgy, reconstruction, interdisciplinary practices, audience engagement and immersive practices. On-going observation, discussion and feedback will support students in their development of choreographic engagement and analysis. Use of self and peer-appraisal will encourage you to evaluate your work through a critical lens.

Movement Studies: Analysis & Awareness (15 credits)

This module will be comprised of practical sessions informed by established models of practice, underpinned with theoretical insight to provide context and knowledge. Working with the principles of LMA, the students will develop an understanding of the concepts of Body, Shape, Space and Effort, in theory and practice. In semester two, Feldenkrais lessons will be experienced, explored and enriched through improvisational tasks, taking Laban’s model of movement analysis to enhance awareness of the body in motion.

Dance History (15 credits)

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Dance Pedagogy and the Community (15 credits)

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Re-examining Dances (15 credits)

In its exploration of key dance practices, Re-examining Dances provides you with the opportunity to consider ideas that have shaped the dance landscape and have resulted in a range of dance performances; examples may be drawn from the UK or the widening dance field (encompassing Europe, the US and beyond). Your detailed exploration of one dance example (chosen by the tutor) will involve both practical and theoretical underpinning. You will explore the technique and style of the work under investigation and the historical, cultural, political and/or artistic contexts in which it resides.

The openness of this module allows tutors to draw on their own specialised knowledge and to consider how their interests/research can impact positively on undergraduate students. Thus examples under investigation may be drawn from a range of dance practices; For instance historical practitioners (e.g. Graham and Cunningham), popular dance forms (e.g. capoeira), Live art and installation, film, or gallery-based projects.


Year Two

Dance Technique (30 credits) [Ballet, contemporary, contact improvisation, fitness]

Learning and teaching in dance technique at this level embraces complexity in development of movement memory, use of timing and musicality, use of space, and experiential learning through improvisational techniques. More demanding movement sequences and improvisational work challenges you to work in greater depth, employing problem-solving and devising. Use of qualitative interpretation enables you to synthesize action and image in performance. Contextual aspects of dance styles and approaches to technique arise through practice, discussion and feedback. Key elements of ‘dance fitness’ are introduced in this module: strength (core stability), stamina, coordination, body placement, and kinesthetic awareness. You will be able to transfer knowledge of warm up, cool down and awareness of personal physical abilities and limitations to your own preparation and practice in order to work safely in daily classes.

Composing Dances (15 credits)

This module provides you with an opportunity to broaden your choreographic experience through the development of group pieces using a tutor identified research source. The module focusses on compositional processes, and structural devices. In the module we will explore the dynamic relationship between form and content, through a range of tutor led processes, into the development of a collaboratively directed, group piece (normally a trio), that will be assessed in performance. The module provides you with a further opportunity to advance your compositional, directing, organisational and performance skills, honing your ability to reflect critically and offers you experience of working in collaboration, with your peers.

Research Methodologies (15 credits)

Building on the study skills and knowledge of dance acquired at levels 4 & 5, you will develop a model for your future dissertation research project. Focus will be placed on what methodologies and source materials are most appropriate for this project and how to write a research project. Students will be encouraged to consider and experiment with different methodologies such as various theoretical frameworks (historical, cultural, aesthetic, ethnographic), Practice as Research, and quantitative/qualitative research to cultivate a creative approach to their research and writing. Formal written presentation skills will also be addressed ranging from referencing to the use of appendices, a correctly presented bibliography and general issues relating to how to structure and develop an argument.

The Dancer’s Body (15 credits)

This module provides an experiential study of anatomy for the dancer emphasising a somatic approach to perceiving the body ‘from within’ its systems. Students are introduced to the process of embodiment, attending to bodily sensation through direct experience to deepen and inform anatomical knowledge. Guided touch and structured improvisation promote experiential learning of movement connectivity and expressivity. Students work autonomously and with others to investigate and apply strategies for managing alignment/movement imbalances and patterns of injury.

Safe Dance Practice (15 credits)

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Dance Teaching – Society and Culture (15 credits)

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Preparing the Dance Artist for Work (15 credits)

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Industry Placement (15 credits)

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Improvisation and Performance or Performance & Place (15 credits)

This module focuses on further development of performance skills and vocabulary from the solo to the group improvisation. The use of spontaneous compositional practice within group situations, relationship possibilities and the development of awarenesses; kinaesthetic, spatial and aural will form the core of issues explored. The course will build toward the setting of structures for performance through an understanding of scores. This prepares students for performed and assessed structured improvisations at the end of the semester. Tutor led practical sessions which will include exploration, performance, observation and debate as part of the class work. Thematically specific warm-up tasks at the beginning of each session will be tutor guided. The tutor will present starting points, themes, as well as structures for improvisations which will be explored in performance, observed, analysed, and evaluated by students. Each session will include discussion and feedback on issues relevant to improvisation and performance, students will explore a practice-theory interface in seminar presentations as part of these discussions. During the second half of the module students will be asked to develop, set, perform, and evaluate structures for performance in small groups. This leads to the last section of the course which will focus on the autonomous preparation, rehearsing, and performance of structured improvisations. Regular research tasks including reading tasks, the viewing and reviewing of work of relevant artists, the setting of structures will be part of the learning strategies helping students to contextualize their own work within an artistic tradition and framework. Students are encouraged to keep an analytical journal.


Year Three

Dance Technique (30 credits) [Ballet, contemporary, contact, fitness]

Daily classes allow you to develop and refine technical skills through reflective practice directed toward performance artistry. Corporeal expressivity manifests the embodiment of breath, flow, weight, skeletal articulation, and use of timing, space and focus required for skilful dance performance. Phrasing is considered in relation to use of transitions, development, and elements of risk combined to extend use of physicality and technical range. Complex movement phrases and improvisational situations challenge you to work in greater depth, allowing for development of individual style. Contextual aspects dance styles and approaches to technique arise through practice and discussions, supported by self, peer and tutor appraisal. You are expected to apply and develop key elements of ‘dance fitness' in your personal preparation and practice of this module. This includes building strength (core stability), stamina, coordination, body placement, and kinesthetic awareness. You will be able to warm up, cool down and work with awareness of personal physical abilities and limitations in order to work safely in daily classes.

Applied Dance: Community and Teaching (15/30 credits)

This module acts as a bridge to the professional world, as you undertake a work placement in a dance related role. This may be within dance administration, technical production or work in the community dance sector. During this placement you will be required to apply your own decision- making skills and exercise your own initiative, reflect on and evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses. Possible placement venues could include regional dance agencies, small scale dance companies, community dance venues, educational institutions or dance magazines. In Semester One you will initiate your placement, while weekly taught seminars will enable you to develop key skills that will assist you in your placement and learn about important topics such as health & safety, welfare procedures, budgeting, marketing and industry best practice. In Semester two you will focus on your placement with weekly tutorials. Students undertaking the 45-credit option 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 Performance students might take this as an alternative to the Dance Production performer option.

Teaching Dance Technique or ISTD Contemporary Syllabus (TBC) (15 credits)     

This module builds on the experience gained in Teaching Dance Technique to further hone the skills for the effective delivery of dance lesson content to different groups of participants. Where possible the group will observe or work/team teach with groups outside of the University to experience real situations in preparation for their final practical teaching assessment. Micro teaching and group experiential sessions will focus on exploring appropriate lesson content and teaching methods.                

Dissertation (30 credits)

The Dissertation emphasises independent research where students select an area of investigation in performance with the advice of tutors. This may arise from earlier modules studied in the degree. The research may focus on performance practice or on more applied critical, historical or epistemological issues.

Choreographic Projects (15 credits)

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

Interdisciplinary Arts Project (15 credits)

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International English Studies

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