BA single honours Dance Education 2017/18

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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.

100% of our Dance Education students were satisfactied with their learning opportunities and 95% of our most recent Dance Education students were in jobs or further study 6 months after finishing their course.

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.

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.

Other information

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.

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 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.

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  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.

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 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.

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.

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. You will also gain many transferable skills ranging from confidence and stamina to teamwork and communication skills.

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

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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.

You will be taught in classes, workshops, lectures, seminars and tutorials, which include a percentage of weekly directed learning. In addition to this, you will be expected to undertake your own learning, class preparation, reading, practice, and assignment 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.

Assessment methods include technique classes, practical presentations, practical demonstrations of teaching, creative and choreographic projects, performances and written assignments.

We now have planning permission to build a new £12m arts facility in Canterbury, equipped with the latest technology and bespoke learning spaces for our arts and humanities students.

We expect our new arts building to open on the main campus in September 2018, with building work starting this summer.

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 sprung-floors; 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. Recent examples have including artists from Bread and Goose Theatre Company, Reckless Sleepers and Propeller Theatre Company. We also have links with The Marlowe Theatre.

The Subject Lead, Dr. Angela Pickard, works closely with the Dance Strategic Body in the UK, the National Dance Centre for Advanced Training Centres, Magpie Dance Company and The Avanti Project. Dr. Angela Pickard and Nina Atkinson are members of Kent Dance Network and Nina Atkinson is Artistic Director of Loop Dance Company. Matthias Sperling works with us and Siobhan Davies Dance. Nicola Gaines works with us and The Royal Ballet School. Akosua Boakye is part of the choreography team for The Lion King.


The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

Full-time £9,250* £11,000**
Part-time N/A N/A

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

*Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2017/18 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,165 in Year 0.

**Tuition Fee Scholarship discounts of £1,500 are available to eligible overseas students. Visit the International webpages for further information.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

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 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.
DBS / Health Checks All Dance Education students need a DBS check and have to pay for this themselves. The charge for this process is £52.
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) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
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.


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UCAS code

  • WX53 Dance Education

Institutional code

  • C10


  • 3 years full-time


  • September 2017

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be 112 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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