BA honours in combination with another subject Dance 2020/21

Year of entry

This course enables you to study dance alongside another subject, developing your own unique portfolio of skills and interests.

You will spend most of your time in the dance studios, supported by passionate and experienced tutors. You will be supported and challenged to develop technically as a dancer and as a choreographer. You will take part in a range of technique classes and consider different ways of making work.

You will explore areas including:

  • social/political aspects of dance development
  • choreography
  • ballet, jazz, contemporary limón, contemporary release, urban, African, South Asian and Repertoire.

"The degree broadened my knowledge in all areas. It taught me how to look after myself as a performer and provided the space, time, advice and support I needed to experiment with my art."

Michaela Cisarikova, Alumnus

The Dance combined programme is designed to engage you in developing as a dancer, choreographer and/or artist. It develops your knowledge, skills and understanding in initiating, creating and performing dance projects and activities.

The programme supports and challenges you to develop technically and creatively as a dancer and choreographer. You should leave with knowledge, skills and understanding of a range of dance techniques and styles, ways of creating 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 project opportunities.

"The Dance Combined worked for me as I was interested in Dance and Sport and Exercise Psychology. This combination worked really well as there are synergies between them. I enjoyed learning more about my body, physiology and psychology and this will enable me to relate what I have learned to many careers."

Imogen Cooper, Year 3 student

Top reasons to study this course

  • A wide variety of dance techniques are studied – ballet, contemporary Limon, contemporary Release, jazz, African, South Asian and aerial. These will prepare you for employment as a versatile performer/practitioner.
  • High quality tutor team including practitioners, artists, performers, managers, choreographers, researchers and published authors e.g. Dr Angela Pickard (Editor in Chief of Research in Dance Education journal, specialist in pedagogy and ballet studies), Russell Maliphant (international choreographer, Artistic Researcher).
  • Collaborative teaching with established organisations/companies e.g. Magpie Dance Company (dance and disability), Avanti (marginalised youth), Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company (physical theatre) and Matthew Bourne Re­Bourne (Boys’ dance legacy).
  • Enhanced curriculum of artists in residency (e.g. dancers/choreographers from Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company, Vinnicius Salles, Matthias Sperling, Ash Mukhejee, Dam van Huynh), workshops with company artists/performers (e.g. Protein, Boy Blue, Loop), 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, Sadler's Wells Theatre and Move It).
  • A focus on developing student as collaborator and as an individual practitioner/artist of the future with individual choices of focus of choreography and ways of presenting work (e.g. theatre, site­ specific, installation, using digital image, film/camera) linked to individual future aspirations/employability. The School of Music and Performing Arts offers opportunities to collaborate with Drama, Performing arts and Music students (Commercial and Classical).

This is a consistently high performing programme gaining 100% satisfaction in many aspects of the NSS.

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

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  • A variety of dance techniques such as ballet, contemporary, jazz, African, South Asian and aerial.
  • Aspects of historical, social and political development in dance.
  • A range of ways of creating and presenting choreographic work.
  • How to find and analyse information about the dance landscape, use a range of methods and develop an independent study/project.
  • Optional interdisciplinary modules enabling you to work with music, (commercial and classical) drama and performing arts students.
  • Optional global experience module enabling you to experience arts in another country with a short trip abroad.


"This programme will immerse you in dance. It brings to you networks of dancers, choreographers, academics, artists and practitioners. You can experience all kinds of dance in practice through workshops, technique classes and projects. You can be supported and challenged to engage in creation of new work and performance. "

Dr Angela Pickard, Subject lead

The majority of sessions are practical with theory and research integrated into practice. All students have a Personal Academic Tutor who will work to support and challenge you through enabling greater understanding of assignment information, assessment marking and feedback and target setting. The programme uses the core principles from the University Teaching and Learning Strategy.

You will have access to specialist facilities and equipment for Music and Performing Arts throughout your course including practice and rehearsal spaces, instruments, studio spaces, performance spaces, and specialist software.

You will have access to a range of online and other library resources and will receive training from library and study skills specialists supporting you throughout your degree.

Work experience

"CCCU prepared me by opening up opportunities to network and see different roles within the arts. I had the opportunity to meet with many artists and different companies. The module ‘Professional Practice’ really helped me to understand how to be a freelancer. To be successful in the profession it isn’t enough to just be a good artist, you have to be good at marketing, good at finance and be business minded. Something that CCCU offers and many other arts universities don’t. "

Georgia Smith

Dance offers performance projects throughout the year where you gain insights into professional working. Canterbury Dance Company is an auditioned company and engages you as a dancer. You will undertake a number of performance projects throughout each year that include presenting work in different contexts and working with different guest choreographers.

Other information

Students on this course enjoy opportunities for trips, visits and workshops, and a variety of performance and project opportunities. 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. There is also a thriving Student Union Dance Society.

The Dance course has recruited students from all over England, 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.

Core modules

Year 1 (Level 4)

Technique and Style 1 (20 credits)

In Year 1, you engage in dance classes in contemporary (Limon), ballet and jazz.

Dance in Society: Modern/Contemporary (20 credits)

Here you study practically European influences, early pioneers of modern dance and key innovators of early modern dance. You will also undertake a cultural study of African contemporary dance.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Technique and Style 2 (20 credits)

You study Limon­based and Release­based contemporary styles and modern ballet.

Dance in Society: Post-modern and Independent (20 credits)

You study the development of new/independent dance and post­ modernism. You also undertake a cultural study in South Asian dance.

Choreography: New/Independent Approaches (20 credits)

You explore different ways of presenting work such as site­specific, dance for the camera/dance film, use of digital image and theatre style work. You create a group piece of choreography.

Year 3 (Level 6)

Dance in Society: Pushing Boundaries (20 credits)

The focus is on innovation and development within choreography and professional works. The social and political landscape is explored in greater depth.

Optional modules

This is an illustrative sample of some of the options we offer. Please note that not all optional modules will run each year as these are dependent on student numbers.

In Year 1 (level 4) you can take one of the following optional modules

Dance Science: Student as Dancer (20 credits)

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.

In semester 2

Choreography: mainstream making (20 credits)

In your first year, you study mainstream choreography and ways of creating dance and create a solo piece of choreography.


Interdisciplinary module: Devising (20 credits)

This module focuses on interdisciplinary working in the devising process in groups with students from music, performing arts, dance and drama.

In Year 2 (level 5) you can take one of the following optional modules:

Global Experience in Dance (20 credits)

You will explore arts and culture in another country including a short trip abroad.


Interdisciplinary module: Arts and Politics (20 credits)

You examine the incorporation of political agendas into theatre, music, and dance.

In Year 3 (level 6) you can take one of the following optional modules:

Repertoire (20 credits)

You become a company and work on an intensive repertoire and choreography project and performance with a choreographer in residence. For example, as part of this module recently, students studied and performed work with Russell Maliphant, Kenrick Sandy (Boy blue Internationa), Luke Birch and Dam van Huynh.


Interdisciplinary module: Community Arts Project (20 credits)

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.

In semester 2 you can choose from:

Dance Research: Applied (20 credits)

You have an opportunity to investigate a particular area of interest related to dance/dance education as an independent project.


Choreography: Risk and Independence (20 credits)

You continue to examine different ways of presenting work such as site­specific, 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 (20 credits)

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. (Can be chosen if combined)

As a dance practitioner or artist, you might be employed to work, for example, in a company as a dancer or education/outreach manager. You may want to work as a choreographer. You 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 may choose to lead their own career and market themselves as freelance dance artists. You will also gain many transferable skills ranging from confidence and resilience to teamwork and communication skills.


Tuition Fees for 2020/21 have not yet been finalised. Course webpages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once these have been agreed.

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 are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

Field Trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Additional travel cost only (as tickets paid for) for trips using local theatres if an enrichment activity. Travel to theatres/exhibitions/events that are not in Canterbury are funded by the School of Music and Performing Arts.
Travel for Placements Where possible, students are placed in a context near their home or within the normal travel distance from home to University. There may be additional travel costs for placements if placed in contexts beyond the normal travel distance from home to University but students can claim the money back after their placement.
Clothing / Kit A basic dance kit and soft sole ballet shoes are needed at cost to student.
Learning Materials If students want costumes and props for Choreography/teaching then these are paid for by students.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.


You will be taught through a combination of practical workshops, technique classes and seminars. Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics. Some modules include different uses of technologies such as ‘Flipped Learning’. In addition, you will regularly meet with your personal academic tutor (PAT). The actual contact time depends on option modules selected.

Independent Learning

It is expected that you will engage in independent directed tasks, readings, rehearsal, practise and research to support your studies. When not attending seminars, workshops 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 in the library, working on directed task or projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before each class.

For the independent project and Dissertation in year three, you will undertake independent research. You will work under the supervision of a member of the course team and meet with them regularly.

Overall workload

For every 20 credit module there is 50 hours of contact time and it is expected that there will be 150 hours of additional study time to undertake directed tasks, readings, rehearsals, choreography, practice, research and assignments. Typically you will have 12-14 hours of contact time a week combined with your other subject.

Academic Input

All staff teaching on this programme are highly qualified and recognised in the field of dance/dance education. All staff are research active. You will have the opportunity to work with our Artistic Researcher Russell Maliphant.

Some members of staff hold doctoral qualifications. All our staff hold teaching qualifications. All staff are research-active and have experience in delivering research-informed teaching. You can find out more about the current teaching on our Meet the Team webpage. You should note members of the teaching team might change.

Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules. However, experienced academics teach the vast majority of teaching.

All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2020.

Assessment methods include technique classes, practical presentations, practical demonstrations of teaching, creative and choreographic projects, performances and written assignments. There are generally two assessments per module and these are generally one written and one practical. There is a longer independent study as part of Year 3 work.

Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or 'formative' assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any feedback you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or 'summative' assessment 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).

Our new £12m arts facility in Canterbury is scheduled to open in the 2018/19 academic year. This building will be equipped with the latest technology and bespoke learning spaces for our arts and humanities students. Our main campus in Canterbury has city centre facilities on its doorstep and, of course, you will benefit from all the new arts building has to offer.

You will enjoy the use of two sprung­floors, surround sound dance studios, a performance studio theatre with full lighting rigs and tech. room and a ‘concert’ hall.

We have artists in residence who work on longer term projects and work with a number of professional dance artists and companies each year for shorter term workshops and projects. We also have partnerships with two local theatres – The Marlowe and Gulbenkian – giving you access to free tickets to a number of performances.

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, Laban, The Avanti Project, Magpie Dance Company, Loop Dance Company, Cascade Dance Company, Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company and The Marlowe Theatre.

The Subject Lead, Dr. Angela Pickard, works closely with the Dance strategic body, Dance UK the National Dance Centre for Advanced Training Centres and The Avanti Project. Stina Sommerlade has experience as a choreographer and project manager internationally. Nina Atkinson is Artistic Director of Loop Dance Company. Matthias Sperling is an international choreographer working with Christ Church and Siobhan Davies Dance. Nicola Gaines is a historical/early dance specialist and works with us and The Royal Ballet School. Akosua Boakye is part of the choreography team for The Lion King. Ash Mukhejee has an international career as a dancer and choreographer. There are links with The Royal Ballet School,


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UCAS course code

  • W500 Dance

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 3 years full-time


  • September 2020

Entry requirements

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

    You will need 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 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. There will also be a 1-1 interview.



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