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    The MA Professional Practice in Dance Technique Pedagogy is a highly flexible postgraduate qualification designed for newly qualified or experienced dance teachers working in and beyond schools.  This is a low residency programme using on-line / distance learning, with the opportunity to visit Middlesex University’s London campus. The programme has been developed especially to allow you to continue working, integrating your professional expertise with academic learning.

    The development of ‘self’ as a practicing artist/educator is a central focus of this programme, alongside critical reflection on and advancement of one’s individual pedagogic practice.

    As a core part of the programme you will make a claim for academic credits for your professional experience including Professional Development courses, and / or your professional qualifications, whether credit bearing or not. This then forms the basis for a major project with a focus on dance technique pedagogy.

    Why study MA Professional Practice Dance Technique Pedagogy at Middlesex?

    “The MA Professional Practice in Dance Technique Pedagogy offers you the opportunity to explore your teaching practice within an academic framework, encouraging you to extend your own learning and in turn enrich your teaching.”

    Helen Kindred, Programme Leader

    As one of the top universities in the UK for dance, we are recognised worldwide for our high calibre of teaching and innovative research. Our department's student satisfaction rating is one of the best in the UK at 94% (NSS, 2013), with academics who are renowned experts in their fields. It is this level of excellence and pioneering approach to the subject of dance that led us to develop the MA Professional Practice in Dance Technique Pedagogy, the first course of its kind in the UK.

    Designed to allow you to explore your teaching practice in depth, our course takes dance professionals in the early, middle or later stages of their career and harnesses their experience so that they can evolve their teaching practice with expert guidance from some of the UK’s leading dance academics and practitioners.

    Developed in collaboration with The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), our course begins by reflecting on your prior learning before supporting you to explore a chosen area of dance technique teaching in more depth leading to the development of  a major work-based learning project. Delivered part-time through distance learning, we ensure that you are able to develop as a practitioner and maintain your work commitments while you study.

    Course highlights:

    • Flexibility to shape your studies around your work commitments, individual needs and interests, so you can pursue your ambitions with structured support from experienced practitioners
    • You are placed at the centre of your research investigation, making your findings applicable within your own profession and of value to your colleagues, employers and students
    • Vibrant dance research culture on campus and online, with influential and internationally respected work in dance pedagogy, contemporary dance technique and choreographic practices and dance fitness.
    • Valuable opportunity to make a claim for academic credits against prior formal and informal learning

    What you will study?

    The MA Professional Practice in Dance Technique Pedagogy is rooted in reflective practice  and as such enables you to use your existing skills and knowledge, and find ways to explore your current practice.

    This course is divided into three modules with flexibility to pay per module and complete each phase in a timeframe that works with and around your professional commitments and individual ambitions:


    Module 1: Review of Learning (RoL) – 90 credits, approximately 12 weeks

    In this module you will review any dance teaching qualifications you already have as well as the prior learning, formal and/or informal, which has contributed to your professional experience. This is a chance for you to better understand how you know what you know, and in some cases discover that you know more than you think you do about your practice.

    Through online discussion groups, guidance from your Academic Advisor and your module handbook, you are encouraged to reflect on your prior experiences and learning, culminating in a submission of a portfolio of short essays reflective of your career to date and supportive of your claims for academic credit at level 7. This is also a chance for you to apply any existing credits to this course, with a maximum of 50% of your MA credits achieved by the end of this module.

    Module Code: WBS 4510

    Module 2: Advanced Practitioner Inquiry – 30 credits, approximately 12 weeks

    In this module you will choose an area of dance pedagogy to research in depth and explore any existing work related to your chosen subject. This is a chance for you to not only explore your own work but to look at the work of other practitioners and researchers and explore new paths for your practice.

    By the end of this module you will have produced a detailed research proposal that relates to your own professional practice. You will have accessed key sources, gained preliminary investigative experience and critical analytical skills that will further enhance the final phase of this course, as well as your career.

    Module Code: WBS 4630

    Module 3: Independent Work Based Learning Project – 60 credits, approximately 12 weeks

    In this final module you will carry out the research you proposed in the previous module and critically review the implications it has on your chosen area of dance pedagogy. This is a chance for you to explore your chosen subject in greater depth, collect, analyse and evaluate data, articulate your research within an academic framework and through dissemination to your field of practice.  

    As part of this module you will complete a 6,000-word critical review, give an oral presentation, and produce a professional artefact. The oral presentation and the artefact allow you to find ways other than the written word through which to articulate your research.

    On completing this module you will be able to demonstrate a high level of knowledge and skills in your chosen area of dance pedagogy, with transferable skills in reflective study, research and critical analysis that are increasingly valuable in today’s competitive job market.

    Module Code: WBS 4760

    Teaching and learning

    This course is taught part-time through distance learning. Students are advised to set aside at least one day a week to complete the appropriate reading, research, practical and written assignments required at each level of the course.

    You can choose to study at your own pace from anywhere in the world and will be assigned a personal academic advisor who will support you throughout the course. Contact is normally maintained by email, Skype and phone as well as optional campus-based tutorials, and every module has a detailed module handbook.

    There are no traditional taught elements requiring attendance at the University, however as a student on the course you will have full access to our state-of-the-art learning resources and library facilities, on campus and online.


    You will be assessed through a mixture of practical, theoretical and oral assignments, including critical reviews, reflective essays and presentations.

    This course is open to dance teachers or dance artists who have been engaged in the teaching of dance technique for at least two years. You do not need a degree or professional dance teaching qualification to be considered for this course but should have equivalent professional experience.

    Newly qualified and less experienced dance teachers are welcomed to apply, however you may be advised to take additional Continuing Professional Development short courses through Middlesex University or the ISTD if it is felt that you may have insufficient professional experience and/or prior dance teaching qualifications to obtain the necessary credits as part of the first stage of this course –. We can advise you on your options in this instance.

    Experienced and qualified dance teachers will be able to make full use of their professional qualifications, short courses and professional experience as part of this programme gaining up to half of your MA from prior experience and professional qualifications (e.g. PGCE, PGCHE, DTLLS, ISTD level 7 awards). The programme staff can advise on which qualifications you can include and how to gain recognition for them.

    Where English is not your first language, you will need to have IELTS results of at least 6.5 (with a minumum 6.0 in all four components) or TOEFL internet based 87 (with at least 21 in listening and writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading) before starting the programme.

    How to apply

    Application is made directly to Middlesex University. Please click here for an application form. Please contact Helen Kindred for enquiries.

    Tel: +44(0)20 8411 6203

    Email:   [email protected]

    Skype:   helen.kindred2

    This course is individually tailored to meet the needs and aspirations of our students who come from all over the world at various stages of their careers. Many of our applicants are already working at a sophisticated professional level with ambitions to advance into more senior and challenging roles as dance teachers or related leadership, management and development roles.

    On completion of this course, you will benefit from an academic qualification that establishes and demonstrates exacting standards of knowledge and skills, as well as the ability to work with and communicate complex ideas and bring to fruition a large, work-based project. You will also have an internationally recognised qualification that may allow you to pursue teaching position in further educational and higher educational institutions.

    Academic Staff

    As part of this course, you will be assigned an adviser from our team of academics. Their role will be to provide pastoral and academic support and guidance.

    In addition to our academics, you will receive support from learning resources specialists who will be on hand to help your with everything from standard library provision to IT and e-resources throughout your studies.

    Helen Kindred, MFA, PGCHE, BA (HONS)
    Programme Leader

    Helen Kindred trained at Roehampton University, London gaining a First Class Honours degree in Dance Studies before embarking on further training at Goucher College, USA, where she completed a Post-Graduate internship.  Professionally Helen danced with Modem Dance, London, Daghdha Dance Company, Ireland, and has choreographed works for Breaking Boundaries, HYDC:InPulse (a DanceDigital commission), numerous school, college and university dance productions as well as for her own company KindredDance.  Helen was the Artistic Director of HertsDance (now DanceDigital) from 2001-2004, before returning to study and gaining her MFA Choreography in 2007. Teaching at Roehampton University as a visiting lecturer initially, Helen then took up her post at Middlesex University.  Helen is currently a Senior Lecturer specialising in Release-based technique, choreography/performance and community dance practice.

    Helen is an advocate for dance, has presented papers on community dance development in the USA and in the UK at the ‘Community Dance in the 21st Century’ conference at De Montfort University in 2008.  Her choreographic work most recently has been presented at SIFDANS International Choreographic Festival, University of Bedfordshire, on-line through www.eleven.com and at The Pentland Theatre, Arts Depot, London.  Helen has worked as an Artistic Assessor for the Arts Council England and is currently an executive board member for DanceHE.

    Dr Adesola Akinleye, FRSA

    Adesola Akinleye is a dancer, choreographer and researcher. She trained at Arts Educational School and Rambert Academy. Her professional career has included dancing with The Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH), Union Dance Company and Carol Straker Dance Company. She founded her own company and school Saltare Foundation for the Arts in New York 1994, for which she was awarded Woman of the Year 1999 for 'Distinguished achievement in the field of community dance' presented by the Town of Islip, New York. She was trained in choreography while working at DTH, by Bessie Schoenberg. Her choreographic work has been performed in Europe, the Caribbean and North America. She has been commissioned by Arts Council, Winnipeg (CA) and England, Suffolk County (USA), Dance North West, Dance in Herts (now Dance Digital), Dancin’ Oxford, Manchester International Festival and Ludus Dance. Adesola was awarded the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award in 2006 and awarded a Trailblazers Fellowship by ADAD (UK).

    Her work has a strong focus on site-specific work, new technology and light. She has lectured in choreography, dance (practical and theory) and human movement principles at New York State University and later at the University of Manitoba. She holds an MA (with distinction) in Work Based Learning: dance in education and community. Adesola directs her company DancingStrong, and has just completed her PhD thesis 'Body, Dance and Environment: an exploration of embodiment and identity'. She is a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

    Alan Durrant MA, PGDip, PGCHE,BA (Hons),FHEA
    Head of Work Based Learning (Media and Performing Arts)

    Alan Durrant was trained as a designer at Hornsey College of Art. His professional career has included work as a designer and craftsman in the jewellery and optics industries. He has run his own design and manufacturing companies, as well as managing a large wholesale and manufacturing jewellery company. His experience in the games design industry has included publication of several game products.

    His academic career has included senior roles in learning and teaching development and programme leadership. His current research is focused on Work Based Learning and its application to establishing professionals in the creative and cultural sectors. He is a member of the Centre for Excellence in Work Based Learning, a University Teaching Fellow, a registered Practitioner of the Higher Education Academy and holds a Principal Lectureship at Middlesex University.

    Adam Edwards BA, MSc, MCLIP
    Liaison Manager, IWBL, Learning Resources

    Adam Edwards is based in the Sheppard Library at Middlesex and supports staff and students in the Institute for Work Based Learning (IWBL) in their use of the library. This includes access to e-resources, access to other libraries and help with references and citation.

    “I've been a Librarian in higher education since 1986.  I've always been interested in supporting distance learners and was one of the group that set up what is now SCONUL Access, the scheme through which, if you are UK or Ireland based, you can borrow books from the university library nearest you.”

    The fee for MA Professional Practice in Dance Technique Pedagogy varies according to your level of experience at the start of the course and can be paid per module.

    While Modules 2 and 3 are a fixed sum, Module 1 takes into consideration any prior dance teaching experience you have and the academic credits that can be applied to that experience, therefore lowering the number of credits you need to acquire and pay for on starting this course.

    The fee for this course is as follows:

    Module 1 - 90 credits
    UK/EU Students: £50 per credit
    International Students: £65 per credit

    NOTE: Most UK/EU students pay approximately £5,500 for this first module, depending on their experience level.

    Module 2 – 30 credits
    UK/EU Students: £1,500
    International Students: £1,950

    Module 3 – 60 credits
    UK/EU Students: £3,000
    International Students: £3,900

    Find out about our flexible payment plans for UK/EU students, and how they can help you spread the cost of your course.