This course gave me so many opportunities to gain vital professional practitioner work as a choreographer, dancer and educator.


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If you want to develop as a dancer, dance artist, practitioner and/or teacher and share your creativity and passion for dance with others, then this course is for you.

We have superb links with a range of industry professionals and places and spaces for dance including The Royal Ballet School, Russell Maliphant Dance Company, The Marlowe Theatre and Canterbury Pilates and Movement Studio. Alongside this, we have a wide school- based and range of community-based contexts where we can connect live or digitally.

Plus, you’ll be supported by a team who are all practice-led and active researchers in dance and dance education.

You’ll have the option of studying dance in another country with a short trip abroad.

96% of our Dance students were satisfied with the academic support on their course. 

National Student Survey 2021 

Why Study Dance Education?

You can share your enthusiasm and love of dance and inspire others with a career in dance education.

This course will teach you practical skills and techniques as well as theoretical aspects of dance, so that you can work as a confident dance professional in roles such as a dancer, practitioner, teacher, artist or entrepreneur.

You'll study dance technique performance and will learn about the history of different styles. You’ll learn to teach using dance pedagogy and will understand yourself as a dancer and safe practice when working with others through dance science. As you progress through the course, you'll become confident in your own professional practice and will undertake research to develop specialist skills and knowledge in areas that most interest you.

Entry requirements

A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

Experience of in-depth study of any dance style for a minimum period of two years.

There is an audition that includes a group warm-up and learning a phrase(s) of movement. You will also share a pre-prepared solo of 3 minutes duration. This can be in any style, any music and any theme. Music can be played via phone.

There will also be a 1-1 interview.

Be prepared to speak at interview about any experience of performing, teaching, facilitating, choreographing or managing dance with peer group or beyond and a desire to develop a career as a dance practitioner/artist.

Entry is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

More information about entry requirements.

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All about the course

You'll learn a variety of dance techniques such as ballet, jazz, contemporary Limón, contemporary Release, hip-hop, West African and South Asian.

You will study choreography and different ways of presenting work, for example, theatre, installation, site-specific, for camera and using digital tools.

Through dance pedagogy (teaching and learning), you'll learn about teaching a range of ages, stages, in different spaces and places so you will have the pre-requisites to build a career as a teacher.

The course will teach you how to engage in safe and healthy practice for longevity in the profession as a dancer and also how to apply safe practice when working with different groups. You'll also learn about dance science, body conditioning, fitness and Pilates.

You will understand dance landscapes past, present and future (e.g. historical, social, political and digital dance).

You'll learn how to find analyse and research information about the dance landscape and will use a range of methods to develop an independent study/project.

To enhance your career prospects, you'll develop your experiences through placement projects, transferable skills and will learn how to market yourself.

Regular placements

You'll also have a placement each year and a number of performance and project opportunities.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will be taught through a combination of practical workshops, technique classes and seminars. You will typically have around 12-14 hours of practical contact time per week. However, there are also rehearsals and practice sessions.

There are a number of on-line engagements as part of our blended learning. Some modules include different uses of technologies for ‘Flipped Learning’ and there are also directed tasks and work-based placements and projects.

Seminars, live or digital will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics. You'll have regular meetings with your personal academic tutor.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

When not attending technique classes, workshops, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves practice, rehearsal and choreography. You will also be reading journal articles and books, undertaking research, working on directed task or projects and preparing for coursework assignments, workshops and seminars.

Your module tutors will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before each class. For the independent project/dissertation in Year 3, you will undertake independent research working under the supervision of a member of the course team who you'll meet with regularly.

For every 20 credit module there is 50 hours of contact time and typically 150 hours of additional study time to undertake directed tasks, readings, rehearsals, choreography, practice, research and assignments.

The enthusiastic teaching team includes staff who are highly qualified, award-winning and recognised in the field of dance/dance education as academics, artists, practitioners or choreographers.

All staff are practice-led and they have experience in delivering research-informed teaching. They all hold teaching qualifications and some also hold doctoral qualifications.

For example, the Programme Director, Dr Angela Pickard,  is well known as a leader in the field of Dance Education. She has published books, chapters, reports and journal articles and has presented her work internationally. She is winner of the One Dance UK Research in Dance Impact award.

Dr Stina Sommerlade is Pilates trained and researches dance fitness and wellbeing. Nina Atkinson is a somatic practitioner researching sensory experiences in choreography.

Nina Atkinson is a somatic practitioner researching sensory experiences in choreography.

Russell Maliphant is a renowned choreographer and brings his wealth of knowledge of the body and artistic practice.

A variety of industry professionals teach on the programme.

Postgraduate students (PhD) occasionally assist in teaching and assessing some modules. They are fully trained and supported. However, experienced academics teach and are involved in all assessments.

95% of our Dance students were satisfied with the teaching on their course.

National Student Survey 2021

The team are passionate about all aspects of Dance Education and Dance. They bring to you their practice, artistry and research and are committed to developing your potential, so you can engage in a dynamic dance community and embark on a career in dance as a dancer, practitioner/teacher, choreographer, researcher or freelance artist.

Angela PickardProgramme Director

National Student Survey 2021

of our Dance Education students were satisfied with the quality of their course.

How you’ll be assessed

Assessment methods include technique classes, practical presentations, practical demonstrations of teaching, creative and choreographic projects, performances and written assignments. There are no formal exams. There are generally two assessments per module and these are generally one written and one practical, although technique is all practical. The written assignments are related to the practical. There is a longer independent study/dissertation as part of Year 3 work.

Each module normally contains 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and the feedback you receive can be used to develop your module assessment work.

There are formal or 'summative' assessment(s) at the end of each module. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.


You will receive feedback on summative assessments. There are target setting opportunities regarding assessments and feedback facilitated by your personal academic tutor (PAT).

We aim to provide you with feedback within and 15 working days of hand-in or performance date.

92% of our Dance students were satisfied with the assessment and feedback on their course

National Student Survey 2021

Your future career

The BA Dance Education degree is designed to prepare you for entry into the dance profession as a dancer , practitioner, teacher, artist or entrepreneur. You will develop knowledge, skills and understanding as a technically underpinned, expressive performer, a creative choreographer and artist, a pedagogically principled teacher and practitioner in school-based and community-based settings, and an entrepreneur who is able to manage a professional, freelance career.

We work with industry stakeholders aligned to the continued development of our teaching programme and research and consultancy work. Our links include local, regional and internationally recognised dance schools and companies such as The Royal Ballet School, Trinity Laban, The Avanti Project, Magpie Dance Company, Loop Dance Company, Cascade Dance Company, Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company, Boy Blue International, and The Marlowe Theatre.


“Dance Education offers you the chance to teach or work within any Dance Education context you aspire to be in, be it in a primary school, or dance.”

Vicky HarveyStudent

National Student Survey 2021

of our Dance students were satisfied with the learning opportunities on their course.


Tuition Fees for some 2022/23 have not yet been finalised. These course web pages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once they have been agreed.

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