Course Details

  • This exciting and career focused course will introduce you to all aspects of dance in the performing arts industry. You will refine your dance technique in styles such as ballet, jazz, contemporary and commercial, and you will develop the employability skills that are an essential part of being in this industry.

    The course will explores dance performance as well as focusing on building technique. The course combines both practical and theoretical units and will expand your knowledge of the wider dance world, working as a freelance dancer and improving your employment prospects in various dance pathways.

    You will be assessed in a variety of ways, which will predominantly be practical however there will be written assessments throughout the year. Assessment will also be within in a performance / demonstration of your practical and technical skills.

    Examples of styles covered may be:

    - Classical Ballet
    - Jazz Dance Technique and Performance
    - Commercial Dance
    - Contemporary Dance
    - Dance for Musical Theatre
    - Tap
    - Pointé work
    - Stretching and dance health

  • • You will take part in a practical audition and interview, to assess your practical skills.
    • Minimum of 48 UCAS points.
    • Ideally you will have a Level 3 Extended Diploma at grade Merit, Merit, Merit in a performing arts-related area
    • GCSE English and Maths at grade C/grade 5 or above
    • Intermediate level in ballet, jazz or tap (desirable)
    • Prior practical experience essential
    • Written communication skills essential

  • Assessment will take place through a variety of scenario-based assignments where you will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. Assessment will comprise of both theoretical (written / coursework) and practical skills based assignments / performances. An external examiner will assess you on all ISTD qualifications.

  • Our students have successfully gone on to professional training and subsequently to work within the Dance & Musical Theatre industry including Commercial, West End & Regional Theatre, Cruise Ships and Disney. Other potential career paths include Choreography, Dance Therapy, Teaching and running your own Dance School.

    • BA Honours Degree Dance - The Arden School of Theatre
    • Various Universities or Vocational Dance Training

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  • Tuition fees and funding can be a little confusing, which is why we’ve put together a dedicated finance page to help you understand all your options. You may be eligible for special bursaries, grants or support from the government, and you can also find out about specific loans and funding help just for tuition fees.

    Fees, finance and funding page
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