BA single honours Dance Education 2016/17

100% of Dance Education graduates were in employment or further study six months after completing their studies

2013-14 DLHE

The Dance Education degree programme is designed to prepare you for entry into the dance profession as a dance practitioner or artist. It develops your knowledge, skills and understanding in initiating, creating, organising, managing, teaching and performing dance projects and activities. It enables you to work with people of varying ages and abilities in a variety of school and community contexts.

The programme supports and challenges you to develop technically and creatively as a dancer, teacher and choreographer and to gradually become more confident in taking leadership roles with greater responsibility and independence. You should leave with a high level of knowledge, skill and understanding of a range of dance techniques and styles, ways of creating, teaching and presenting or performing dance and first-hand experiences of where, why and how dance happens in the current dance/arts landscape via the range of projects and placement opportunities.

Our degree in Dance Education has a 100% overall student satisfaction rating

National Student Survey, 2015

Top reasons to study this course

  • A wide variety of dance techniques are studied – ballet, contemporary Limon, contemporary Cunningham, jazz, African, South Asian and aerial
  • High quality tutor team including practitioners, artists, performers, managers, choreographers, researchers and published authors
  • Collaborative teaching with established organisations/companies e.g. Magpie Dance Company (dance and disability), Dance United (dis-affected youth), Tamalpa (therapeutic dance) and Matthew Bourne Re-Bourne (Boys’ dance legacy)
  • Enhanced curriculum of artists in residency (e.g. Jasmin Vardimon, Matthias Sperling), workshops with company artists/performers (e.g. Protein, Boy Blue, Lila Dance), performances (end of year performances, Canterbury Festival, Canterbury Dance Company) and education and health/well-being projects (e.g. Kent Dance Network, Sidney De Hann Research Centre), placements, trips and visits (e.g. The Marlowe Theatre, The Gulbenkian Theatre, Move It, Dance Umbrella)
  • A focus on developing student as collaborator and as an individual practitioner/artist of the future with individual choices for placements, focus of choreography, areas of investigation for dissertation and ways of presenting work (e.g. theatre, site-specific, installation, using digital image, film/camera) linked to individual future aspirations/employability

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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You will study:

  • Aspects of the historical, social and political development of dance, in Dance In Society
  • A variety of techniques, in Technique and Style and Repertoire
  • Different ways of making work, in Choreography
  • How to plan and teach creative dance using a range of methods with a variety of ages and abilities, in Dance Pedagogy
  • How to engage in safe practice for longevity in the profession as a dancer but also to apply when working with different ages and stages, in Dance Science
  • How to find and analyse information about the dance landscape, use a range of methods and develop an independent study, in Dance Research
  •  How to market oneself and harness employability skills for a career in dance education, in Professional Practice
  • Interdisciplinary modules enabling you to work with music, drama and performing arts students

The majority of sessions are practical with theory and research integrated into practice. All students have a Personal Academic Tutor who works to support and challenge you through enabling greater understanding of assignment information, assessment marking and feedback, target setting.

The Dance Education course started in 2009 and has since recruited students from all over England, Slovakia, Greece and Cyprus. It has consistently achieved high satisfaction scores in the National Student Surveys and is now jointly rated as best in the country.

Work experience

A placement is offered each year across a variety of contexts such as primary and secondary schools, further education colleges, dance companies, community contexts such as Early Years centres, youth groups, dance and disability contexts and other projects such as arts and health initiatives.

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Students on this course enjoy opportunities for trips, visits and workshops, and a variety of performance opportunities. Past students have joined Canterbury Dance Company and/or Motion Alpha Dance Company, and enjoyed professional dance classes in partnership with Loop Dance Company and Kent Dance Network.

As a dance practitioner or artist, a student might be employed to work, for example, in a school, community setting or to develop a dance for a festival funded by a local council. They could also work as an education officer for a company. They might be involved in marketing, publicity, fund-raising, venue and festival management, or publicly-funded provision, to name but a few. Students will be equipped to embark on a Schools Direct or PGCE programme (providing they have GCSE or equivalent English, Maths and in addition for Primary, Science) and work in mainstream school settings or market themselves as freelance dance artists.

Transferable skills gained on your course:

  • Confidence
  • Self-presentation
  • Team work and collaboration
  • Time management and organisational skills
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-discipline
  • An open mind and the ability to move beyond boundaries and experiment with different ideas
  • Communication skills
  • Analytical, critical and research skills
  • Ability to cope with criticism and learn from it
  • Stamina

Download a fact sheet with more information about your career options with Dance Education

This programme is unique in that it is particularly tailored to developing students as dance practitioners/artists. It has links with local, regional and internationally recognised dance schools and companies such as The Royal Ballet School, Laban, London Contemporary Dance School, Loop Dance Company and Cascade Dance Company. Students have access to a range of creative dance opportunities within local school-based and community-based settings.


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course (with no PT option) are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact fees@canterbury.ac.uk or the International Office: ipo@canterbury.ac.uk.

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Some categories of additional costs are always payable by the student, as set out in the general principles.  These include costs for own purchase text books; DBS / Health Checks (although some may be reimbursed); Professional Body registration; travel to other sites; Library Fees and Fines; Printing & Photocopying; and travel and accommodation / subsistence costs whilst on Placements or Exchange visits.

Other categories of additional costs depend on the particular course. 

For Dance Education (BA),  the following additional costs are payable by the student:

  • Placements / Exchanges -  Students are required to undertake placements as part of compulsory modules at levels 4, 5 & 6 - Travel costs will be variable depending on location.

Course structure

The Dance Education course is studied over three years full-time. Study is, generally, undertaken at 3 levels (one for each year of study).

Year 1

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.

Year 2

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.

Choreography (new/independent)

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.


Interdisciplinary module:

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.

Year 3

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.

Composition of the course

Each taught module has a standard 50 hours of student contact. This will typically be composed of practical work such as technique classes, workshops and performances with theory-research integrated. Dance Research and Professional Practice modules are seminar based. You will also be expected to engage in 150 hours of self-directed study per taught module – this can be in the form of dance practice, choreography, practical projects, directed tasks, reading and written work.

Academic input

There are nine members of staff involved in this course.

The Subject Lead, is a Principal Lecturer and has extensive experience as a dancer (ballet and contemporary), teacher (a variety of ages and stages), choreographer (a number of pieces have been performed in different venues in Kent and London), manager (a range of projects as a community practitioner, artist, advisor, Artistic Director and Programme Director/Subject Lead and Director of Learning, Teaching and School Experience in the School of Music and Performing Arts) and academic (she teaches ballet, Dance Pedagogy, Dance Research and Choreography modules as well as providing PhD supervision, and is an active researcher and published author of text books and academic texts as well as Editor in Chief of Research in Dance Education journal. There are 2 additional Lecturers and 6 sessional staff. All have industry experience as dancers, teachers/community practitioners, choreographers and in academia in Higher Education.

Students are assessed through a range of assignments incorporating a variety of modes. The assessment methods are practical presentations, practical demonstrations, creative and choreographic projects, performances and written assignments.

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UCAS code

  • WX53


  • 3 years full-time

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be 280 UCAS Tariff points
    Experience of in-depth study of any dance style for a minimum period on two years
    Some experience of teaching/facilitating/managing dance with peer group or beyond and a desire to develop a career as a dance practitioner/artist working in school based settings.
    Entry is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
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Our Dance Education degree is jointly rated as the best in the country for overall student satisfaction achieving a score of 100%

National Student Survey, 2015

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