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BA (HONS) DANCE PERFORMANCE

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Institution C58

UCAS W505

Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 years 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

BTEC: DDM - MMM 

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. For more information on this process see below - Audition Details and FAQs.

Student view

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."

Course content

Our Dance Performance degree offers you an intensive dance training programme, with eight Dance and Performance Techniques classes per week in contemporary dance – Cunningham, Limon, release, Classical Ballet, contact improvisation, somatic practices, and dance styles from wider contexts such as aerial. With the emphasis on dance performance, you will be developing both your technical and expressive skills through studio based choreographic works and with regular performances. The theory to practice ratio of this course is approximately 30:70.

The BA (Hons) Dance Performance offers an intensive dance training programme that focuses on contemporary dance performance practices. This course is built on the University of Chichester’s reputation for high quality education and training in technique, performance and choreography with regular opportunities to perform.

Working with a range of professional dance artists, visiting choreographers and dance practitioners, the aim is to prepare you for a career within the dance profession with modules such as Performance Project, Repertory and Choreography. In the third year, you will progress into 3Fall Dance Company where you will experience working with a range of professional choreographers to create a touring performance programme. In the past, 3Fall dancers have worked with James Wilton, Richard Chappell, Lila Dance, Kay Crook to name a few. The touring experience will also enable you to develop your performance skills as well as gaining teaching and workshop leadership. Previous 3Fall tours have travelled abroad as well as across the UK.

For more information about the Department of Dance at Chichester read our Dance department brochure.

 

Our facilities

Campus Location: Chichester 

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Perform in our Arts Council funded Dance Theatre Space and rehearse in our four superb dance studios, large gymnasium and two sprung-floor spaces. Arts Council funding also supports a programme of dance company performances, workshops and events, giving you the opportunity to see live work regularly ‘on your doorstep’.

Dance Studios

Dance Studio   Dance Studio 2

Arts Council funded 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

 

Library

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

Preparing students for the world of work when they graduate is built into our programmes through specific modules such as Preparing the Dance Artist for Work or Applied Dance (Placements). Several modules also support work-based learning opportunities alongside 3Fall Dance Company or mapdance and teaching experience and placements are an important part of the Education and Teaching programme. We also invite guest speakers to share their insight from a range of careers across the sector as well as workshops by choreographers and current practitioners.

Graduates from our dance programmes have gone on to have exciting and rewarding careers and taken up influential roles in all aspects of the dance profession. Our students have gone on to perform with artists such as Richard Alston, Tavaziva, Shobana Jeyasingh, Lila Dance, Protein Dance, BalletBoyz, Akram Khan and Flexer & Sandiland.

Our students have also gone on to work at leading dance institutions such as Sadler’s Wells, RAD, Trinity Laban, ISTD, The Point. Numerous graduates are teaching in primary and secondary schools across the country, following completion of our PGCE Dance programme. Others 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.

Have a look at our Alumni Album to find out about the variety of experiences our students have after graduation.

Career Options

  • Dance performer
  • Choreographer
  • Independent Dance Artist
  • Community Dance Practitioner
  • Arts Administrator
  • Teacher in Primary, Secondary, Further and Higher Education (requires postgraduate study)
  • Postgraduate Study and Research

Graduates

We are very proud of all our dance graduates, who have moved into different areas of performance, teaching, administration, postgraduate study and research. This variety of Dance practice gives a sense of the breadth of careers available to a Dance graduate and the success of our recent graduates from both the BA and MA programmes.

  • KJ Lawson Mortimer: dancer with Transitions Dance Company, Trinity Laban (2011); since finishing her training KJ has worked as an independent dance artist with Akram Khan, Jorge Crecis, James Wilton Dance, Sandiland & Flexer and Glasshouse. KJ is also an Ambassador for Dance Excellence in Hampshire and an Associate Lecturer at the University of Chichester
  • Kayleigh Crook: dancer with mapdance (2011); Kayleigh is currently an independent dance artist and keen photographer; her company Chhaya Collective produces some beautiful work that explores the relationships between artists in the UK and India
  • ​Emma Bright (née Breeze): Since graduation Emma has become a very successful business woman through her dance company Embody Dance
  • Eleanor Arnold Archer, Vicky Blackhall, Danielle Gardner, Ashley O'Reilly, Eleanor Parry and Amy Ware: PGCE Secondary Dance at the University of Chichester (2015)
  • Nick Kyprianou: Nick is now working as a Audience Engagament Coordinator for New Adventures & Re:Bourne 
  • Louise Kay: programming internship at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London (2015)
  • Aya Kobayashi: Dancer with Yael FlexerAnjali Dance Company and Lila Dance
  • Andy Granville and Amy Wigglesworth: successful teachers in dance at secondary and FE level; Andy is Director of Dance at Birmingham Ormiston Academy and Amy is Programme Manager for Dance at Bridgewater College (FE). 
  • Jennifer Grant and Joe Garbett: aKa Dance Theatre Company; on graduation Jen studied for an MA in Choreography at Trinity Laban (2013) and Joe took further professional development with JV2 (2013); AkA is the company in residence at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre in Taunton
  • Sally Smithson: dancer with aKa Dance Theatre Company; following graduation Sally took the MA in Creative Practice at Trinity Laban, she has been a dancer with aKa since 2015
  • Carmine de Amicis: has danced with Chantry Dance Company and is currently a performer with Tavaziva Dance Company

Work placements

The dance department has strong links with a variety of dance companies and organisations, resulting in a vibrant network across the sector. Many students benefit from successful work experience or placement opportunities via these connections.

These have included:

  • 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

Indicative modules

The modules you take may vary

Year One Modules

  • Dance Techniques
  • Performance Techniques
  • Performance Project
  • Choreography and Devising
  • Choreography and Performance
  • Movement Studies: Analysis and Awareness
  • Dance Landscapes

Example of Year Two and Three Modules

Because of the ‘company’ nature of the programme, in years two and three there is only one 15 credit optional module available in each year.

  • Dance Technique
  • Performance Techniques
  • Composing Dances
  • Repertory
  • Preparing the Dance Artist for Work
  • Dance Production (3Fall Dance Company module)
  • Independent Project
  • Improvisation and Performance
  • Choreographic Projects
  • Teaching Dance Technique
  • Interdisciplinary Arts Project

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

International English Studies

Teaching and assessment

You’ll build your subject knowledge and practical experience through core and optional teaching modules appropriate to the breadth of the curriculum.

Your learning encompasses development of dance knowledge and skills intrinsic to dance practice.

Learning is supported by theoretical inquiry and debate, to provide you with the ability to contextualise your learning within academic frameworks.

Throughout your degree, modules are delivered in a variety of ways including:

Standard module: A single module scheduled over one semester (15 credits normally) examples Popular Dance and Introduction to Improvisation and Composition.

Double module: A double module is spread over two semesters (30 credits normally) examples: Dance Portfolio and Dance Placement.

Long thin module: A standard module can be spread over two semesters (15 credits normally) example: Dance Technique.

Summer module: Summer study, condensed into a two week period (15 credits normally) example: Interdisciplinary Arts Project and Performance and Place.

Module strand (Level 6): This is a double module, either 2 x 15 credits or 30 credits, designed to allow for in depth subject study. For example: Dance Movement Psychotherapy 1, Dance Movement Psychotherapy 2, Teaching Dance Technique, Teaching Dance and Creative Practice.

Theory modules allow you to begin to develop research skills necessary for degree study. Teaching is delivered through illustrated lectures and small group seminars, linking dance theory to practice. 

Daily practical classes enable you to engage in healthy, safe dance practice, through floor, ballet barre, centre work, traveling exercises and improvisational exercises, designed to develop technique skills needed for university dance study. 

Learning and teaching in dance technique allows you to develop movement memory through repetition of set sequences, timing and musicality, use of space, and experiential learning through improvisational techniques. To extend practice, you will be involved in the ongoing rehearsal and choreography of peers.

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs

Audition details and FAQs

You will be interviewed in pairs or threes; you will be asked about your experience of, and interest in, dance to date. We also want to know why you wish to study Dance Performance at university.

You will take part in a contemporary dance technique class and a creative task-based practical class.

We are looking for your potential for contemporary dance training (technique and creative practice) and how you work with others on practical tasks.

You will also take a short ballet barre and perform a 1 minute pre-prepared solo in a contemporary dance style. 

All applicants send a short written task prior to interview.

For more information about timings, what to wear, etc - download the Dance audition booklet

AUDITION FAQs

I can’t log in to ChiView. What do I do?

If you have never logged in to ChiView before you need to create your account. Go to chiview.chi.ac.uk and then click ‘New User/ Forgotten Password’. You will need to input your applicant number (be careful, this is not your enquirer number or UCAS number), your surname, and your birth date in the format DD/MM/YYYY including the slashes. ChiView will then send you a temporary password. Please check your junk folder as this email often gets filtered into there.

Will there soon be more dates available on ChiView?

Typically auditions and interviews run from December – March, although each subject can vary. Usually only two or three dates will be available to book on ChiView at a time, but as the first batch of dates close the page will refresh with new options. If you cannot see a date which suits you, the best course of action is usually to wait until the page refreshes. Dates are released two to three weeks in advance.

When/ how will I find out if I have been invited to attend?

You will receive an email either way. If you have been invited to attend an interview or audition your email will guide you to log on to your ChiView portal, find ‘My application’, and then click ‘Respond to interview invitation’. Here you will find the first batch of dates to choose from.

Where do I find documents relating to the interview/audition?

Once you have booked an audition or interview you will only then have access to the relevant documents. On your ChiView portal find ‘Events schedule’ and then click ‘View details’. Here you will be able to view, download, or print the documents which will tell you how to prepare and what to expect on the day.

I can't see the 'View details' button next to my interview/ audition details on ChiView, so can't access the relevant documents.

Sometimes if you are viewing your ChiView portal on a phone, the dimensions might not allow you to see all elements. Please try again on another devise.

You may need to clear your browser history. Advice about how to do this can be found here: help.chi.ac.uk/clearing-your-browser-data-including-cache

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, you are welcome to email admissions@chi.ac.uk. Please have your applicant number ready. The Admissions team will be able to check whether your audition/ interview is booked and email you relevant documents.

How do I change my interview/audition date?

If you have booked an interview or audition and now you are unable to attend please visit your ChiView portal, find ‘Event schedule’, and then click ‘Cancel attendance’. You will need to inform the admissions team via admissions@chi.ac.uk so that we can issue you a new invitation.

Can I park on-site, and are there disabled parking available on both campuses?

Yes, you can park on-site if you buy a pay-and-display ticket. It is worth noting that demand for car park spaces exceeds the spaces available, particularly during term time. For this reason, parking controls and restrictions are implemented 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 the Bognor and Chichester campuses. More information about travel can be found here: chi.ac.uk/about-us/how-find-us

 

Student film work

Students at the University of Chichester are encouraged to engage with film and digital technologies in a creative and dynamic way. 

At level 4 students are introduced to creating dance for the screen as part of their Dance Portfolio module. Students learn how to use digital camcorders and import and process their footage using industry standard software in the University Mac suites. At levels 5 and 6 these skills are developed through the Performance and Technology, Choreographing with Mobile Technologies, Interdisciplinary Arts and Dance Dissertation Modules. These modules expand knowledge of digital technologies by introducing creative use of sound design, scenography and use of multi-media platforms.

Nowhere to be Found

A film by Nicola Young, Amy Toner & Roxy Hearn (2nd year students); created for the Performance and Technology module, this film is designed to be played in a loop; it explores the feeling and experience of being 'lost'

Imprint

Imprint is by Victoria do Nascimento, Hannah Robinson, Jade Francis-Clark and Jody Brown (1st year students). This dance film was created as part of the Dance Portfolio module and is an exploration of painting and dancing