About our Course
This course offers you the opportunity to take the first steps in becoming a dance professional. This course is best for those who want a practical approach to learning. The main focus of the course is the practical skills of the dancer. Through regular classes, workshops and performances you will develop your skills while exploring a range of dance styles including Street, Jazz Contemporary and Ballet. You will also be given opportunities to include your own choreography into performance projects. You will get to take part in a minimum of two performances a year in addition to flash mobs and performances at award ceremonies. Alongside your practical classes you will take part in theory classes that will build on your learning where you will look at the history of dance and how a theatre comes to life during a performance.
In addition to you dance classes you will study Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths qualifications, if you do not already hold a minimum GCSE grade C.
This course will enable you to progress to a higher level qualification such as the BTEC 90 Credit Diploma or Extended Diploma.
You will study a mix of practical and theoretical units. Working in the Performing Arts Industry, Professional Development in the Performing Arts Industry, Performing Arts Production Process, Contemporary Dance, Performing Dance, Jazz Dance, Ballet, Urban Dance and Performance.
Why study here?
• Excellent teaching and support from staff.
• Various performance opportunities.
• Purpose built dance studios.
• Opportunities to take part in workshops and course related trips.
• Outstanding progression rates on to higher level courses.
Why study with us?
We have an experienced faculty - all holding their own weight as educators, researchers and creative practitioners. We are proud of our high success rates, interesting methods of delivery and assessment and engaging workshop-style sessions. Our faculty have strong links to the creative industry and connect our students and courses with those links, providing opportunities for performance, development and learning as much as we can.
The delivery and assessment methods are contemporary, industry related and provide work-based scenarios close to that which you may experience in the industry. These fundamentals of industry knowledge and level of preparation provide an excellent foundation to your future as a creative practitioner.
Our engaging and facilitative sessions create autonomous, thinking performers and creatives; we encourage you to think about how you can enjoy the learning experience. What sparks your interest? What aspect of performing makes you most passionate? What aspect of the industry makes you intrigued? By asking you these questions, we can help you answer and present them in the research, work and academic writing that you are assessed on. This approach also allows you to build on your potential to succeed both in the industry and in education.
We have a variety of spaces in The Arts Centre; a theatre, rehearsal studios, music studios, HD television studio and new this year, a Video Motion Capture suite, all of which you have the opportunity to utilise. Regarding COVID19, we will be providing some engaging sessions online as well as face-to-face, ensuring that you can also build digital, online and camera skills on top of the training we provide.
UAL Level 2 Diploma In Performing and Production Arts (Dance)
This course leads to...
Next level of course? Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts Dance or Musical Theatre.
Careers in Teaching – teaching in schools, colleges, training schools and universities, youth and community groups, as animateurs, outreach work with professional dance companies, prisons and residential homes,
Other dance related careers- dance therapist, administrator, publicists, agent, choreographer, artistic director, dance studio director
Students should have a GCSE in either English or Maths grade 4/C or above.
At interview students will attend an hour long practical dance workshop where you will participate in Contemporary and Street Dance styles. You will not be required to make a solo dance. You will be given an opportunity to speak to the dance staff and to ask questions and will complete a short written task. You will need to bring suitable dance clothing (leggings and t-shirt), trainers or jazz boots, a pen and a drink of water.
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