The Dance Education course is studied over three years full-time. Study is, generally, undertaken at 3 levels (one for each year of study).
In Year 1 (level 4) you will take the following core modules:
- Dance Research 1 (landscape of dance) (20 credits),
- Dance in Society 1 (20 credits),
- Technique and Style 1 (20 credits),
- Dance Science 1 (20 credits),
- Dance Pedagogy 1 (20 credits)
Dance Research 1 (landscape of dance)
This module introduces you to the landscape of dance and where, when and how dance happens. You will also learn where and how to access a range of resources to support your research, learning and teaching.
Dance in Society 1
Here you study the roots of dance, European influences, early pioneers of modern dance and key innovators of early modern dance.
Technique and Style 1
In Year 1, you engage in dance classes in contemporary, ballet and undertake a cultural study e.g. African dance.
Dance Science 1
Here the focus is on the student as dancer through an exploration of aspects of anatomy and physiology. It is underpinned by a consideration of safe working practices and factors that help to maintain a healthy dancer.
Dance Pedagogy 1
An introduction to the nature and practice of dance in schools and community and the practical skills, knowledge and understanding needed for working with different people in different contexts in different ways, practically and creatively.
In Year 1 (level 4) you can take one of the following option modules:
Choreography (mainstream making)
In your first year, you study mainstream choreography and ways of creating dance and create a solo piece of choreography.
Or Interdisciplinary module:
This module focuses on interdisciplinary working and the devising processes. The investigation and development of ideas through exploration tasks is central to the work you will produce. You will study mainstream/traditional devising devices and compositional structures and be introduced to aspects of production and design. In interdisciplinary groups (which may include students from music, performing arts, dance and drama) you will create a devised performance piece from a given stimuli.
In Year 2 (level 5) you will take the following core modules:
- Dance Pedagogy 2 (20 credits)
- Technique and Style 2 (20 credits)
- Choreography 2 (20 credits)
- Dance Science 2 (20 credits)
- Dance Research (20 credits)
Dance Pedagogy 2
Building on work from Dance Pedagogy 1, you will focus on analysing and understanding school and community contexts and the application of practical skills, knowledge and understanding when working in different contexts and facilitating creative work.
Technique and Style 2
You study Limon-based and Cunningham-based contemporary styles, modern ballet and South Asian styles.
You explore different ways of presenting work such as site-specific, dance for the camera/dance film, use of digital image and theatre style work. You create a group piece of choreography.
Dance Science 2
You will extend and develop the work encountered in Dance Science 1. The focus is on application of dance science in different dance contexts. You will explore physiological and psychological factors in relation to working with children, adolescents and adults.
Dance Research 2
You will study the appropriateness, benefits and limitations of research methods, be introduced to ethical considerations and write a research proposal.
In Year 2 (level 5) you can take
one of the following option modules:
Dance in Society 2
You study the development of new/independent dance and post-modernism.
Arts and Politics:
You examine the incorporation of political agendas into theatre, music, and dance. Art’s ability to act as a catalyst for political change, and the use and abuse of arts by political movements have always been an urgent talking point of artistic and academic debates. You will engage with a variety of key artistic practices and political concepts that have underpinned interactions between arts and politics. Topics may include (but are not limited to): the use of arts by courts, Church, and political regimes, key artists shaping and responding to national romanticism, national anthems, arts as a vehicle of revolution, and arts that offended moral standards.
In Year 3 (level 6) you will take the following core modules:
- Dance in Society 3 (20 credits)
- Repertoire (20 credits)
- Professional Practice (20 credits)
- Dance Research (applied) (20 credits)
Dance in Society 3 The focus is on innovation and development within choreography and professional works. The social and political landscape is explored in -depth.
Repertoire You become a company and work on an intensive repertoire and choreography project and performance with a choreographer in residence. As part of this module you study a choice of dance techniques.
Professional Practice Here you will apply your skills, knowledge and understanding of dance to the workplace and concentrate on the practicalities of managing and presenting yourself as a dance artist/practitioner.
Dance Research (applied) You have an opportunity to investigate a particular area of interest related to dance/dance education.
In Year 3 (level 6) you can take one of the following option modules:
In teaching block 1
Dance Pedagogy 3 You can apply skills, knowledge and understanding of dance to the workplace through a context -based project and practicalities of project development, management and completion.
Interdisciplinary module: Community Arts Project You will work as interdisciplinary teams and create a community based arts project, sharing and applying skills, knowledge and understanding of arts to the context and the practicalities of project development, management and delivering a project. You will develop the idea and produce the performance project with a community-based audience in mind. As an interdisciplinary group, you will agree the outcomes of the project, be clear about role and responsibilities, undertake appropriate risk assessments with support from your University-based tutor and draw on your understanding of ethical considerations, child protection, consent and safe practice. You will also undertake relevant reading and research to support the project.
In teaching block 2
Choreography 3 You continue to examine different ways of presenting work such as site-specific, dance for the camera/dance film, use of digital image and theatre style work and are encouraged to take greater risks and work with increasing greater independence. You choose whether you create a solo, group or larger ensemble piece choreography and the way to present your work.
Interdisciplinary module: Multimedia Performance This module is designed to explore the rapidly emerging and diversifying field of multimedia performance and interactive performance installation. Multimedia performance embraces a new technology as means of extending both the self and place. These techniques reflect developments in the use of technologies within our social environments and it is important that creatives attempt to analyse their use within performance practice. The module will introduce you to a range of current practitioners. You will explore a range of multimedia performances and interactive performance installations and create your own.