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, teacher or entrepreneur, and share your creativity and passion for dance with others, then this course is for you.

    We are leading in the field of Dance Education and were the first to develop a Dance Education degree with the first Professor of Dance Education in the UK. 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, Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company, Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, The Marlowe Theatre and Canterbury Pilates and Movement Studio. Alongside this, we have a wide range of school- based, community-based and artistic contexts in the UK and internationally, where we can connect in-person or digitally.

    Plus, you’ll be supported and challenged by a team who are all practice-led and active researchers/academics in dance and dance education. We understand and are passionate about the art of teaching and learning, dance science, body studies, choreography and performance. We have a Centre for Practice Research in the Arts and the Sidney De Haan Centre for Arts and Health that both run events and workshops enabling you to interact with renowned artists and practitioners.

    There are performance opportunities including the Canterbury Festival, Carols by Candlelight, Canterbury Dance Company and end of year performances.

    You’ll also have the option of engaging in a short study trip in another country.

    90% of our Dance Education students were satisfied with the academic support on their course. National Student Survey 2022

    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 build your knowledge of the dance landscape, dance teaching, dance science, choreography and performance. Our degree covers 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, researcher or entrepreneur.

    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. You'll study dance techniques, choreography and performance and will learn about the history and social/cultural aspects of different styles and choreographers.

    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.