Dance History, Anatomy for Dancers This module aims to develop knowledge of the social and historical influences on the arts and to develop understanding of anatomy in relation to the dancing body. The module also aims to raise awareness of the social construction of dance knowledge, dance practices and their historical contexts and a critical approach to source material. The module will develop your independent research, library research/source location skills and critical thinking.
Arts in London, effective learning skills, seminar presentation, research strategies, written skills This module aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills to be an effective learner, with particular relevance to dance and the performing arts. It also aims to develop your awareness and experience of dance as an artistic, social and professional activity. The main emphasis is to introduce research, library, reading and writing skills through different strategies and modes of learning. The module forms the basis for both programmes and sets dance, as artistic expression, into an artistic and academic context.
Dance Technique, Choreography, Dance Analysis This module aims to extend and develop your level of knowledge and understanding in dance technique, choreography and performance acquired in the Dance Practices 1 and the Learning in Context module, enabling you to identify, contextualise, analyse and interpret key issues relating to professional repertoire in order to enhance your knowledge and appreciation of dance. The module is designed to encourage a balanced and holistic approach to the study of Dance by establishing and reiterating logical connections between practice, composition and theory.
Critical Studies, Science of Movement This module aims to deepen the knowledge gained in both components of the Dance Studies 1 module. You will explore how issues of cultural and philosophical relevance can usefully illuminate contemporary dance theory and practice. Science of Movement allows students to develop their understanding of the moving body, introducing postural and movement analysis in relation to dance performance. It will prepare students for the Dance Science Research Project, the Independent Research Project and the Choreography Research Project modules in Year 3.
This module aims to further develop practical dance and performance skills in relation to the specific stylistic demands, conventions, and principles within the jazz dance genre. This module works alongside dance technique, performance and choreography, developing your versatility, through focusing on the application of complementary technique and performance skills specific to diverse jazz techniques and styles.
This module will explore the breadth of improvisation as a discipline both as a mode of development in creative dance making and as a principle of performance. Focus will be given to key methodologies such as Contact Improvisation, Action Theatre, and Authentic Movement. In addition, the module will highlight the creative possibilities such as task setting and the use of scores towards the development of a choreographic lexicon. This module will serve to support choreography as part of the Dance Practices 2 module, release technique, and performance practice.
This module will provide, through practical experience, an artistic understanding of selected contemporary dance repertoire to allow you to form cohesive links with theoretical areas covered in dance history, critical studies and composition and the physical and stylistic aspects of dance technique. You will gain experience of learning from and rehearsing under a professional director and get the opportunity to develop your discipline with regards to self-directed practice, as this is an essential part of the learning process.
Dance on Screen, New Technologies, Live Practice, Research Portfolio This module aims to develop choreographic skills and depth of approach through direct and intense experience with artists in the profession. This will encompass a range of models in regard to presentation including site work, installation formats and dance for screen. The aims are to encourage dialogue with professional choreographers and to deepen understanding of the inter-relationship between dance and other elements. In addition, the purpose is to introduce concepts, practices and theories relating to varied choreographic strands and to widen knowledge and perspectives in current theory and practice of choreography.
This module is compulsory for those wishing to exit with BA (Hons) Dance Studies (Choreography).
Collaboration, Final Chorographic Presentation and Evaluation This module will enable you to develop research in collaboration with other disciplines such as music, architecture, fine art or art and design, to facilitate your autonomy in research, invention and planning of potential choreographic projects. You will further develop knowledge and understanding of the range and diversity of contemporary professional choreographic practice. This module aims to deepen choreographic investigation, foster independence in dance making and to encourage dialogue with other artists.
Dance techniques and technique evaluation This module will provide, through study and practice, a depth of knowledge of dance techniques. You will acquire increased technical, stylistic and interpretative abilities through further development of the dance techniques encountered in Year 2.
Dance Performance: repertoire/new work, performance evaluation This module will provide through study and practice a depth of knowledge of choreographic works from the modern/contemporary dance genre. You will acquire increased technical, stylistic and interpretative abilities through participation in either new or recreated dance works. You will have the opportunity to investigate, develop and apply varying rehearsal techniques. The module draws upon tutors' professional performance, directional and/or choreographic experience.
Overview of subfields within the dance profession, with optional choice of components. On this module, you will gain an awareness of career paths in dance, especially those outside the routes of choreography and performance. The module will cover a range of professional areas, providing information on opportunities for employment and skills required for navigating a journey through the dance profession in the UK. You will also gain a grasp of funding structures and an overview of the dance ecology that supports dance and the performing arts in the UK. This module allows students to step outside of the safety of university life and make vital links both in research and practice with the wider dance profession. Students will then have a choice of one component out of three possible strands: a) The Teaching Dance Technique component aims to provide experiential understanding of the teaching of contemporary dance technique through study and practice. b) The Work Placement component will provide first-hand experience of a UK dance/arts organisation along with an opportunity to reflect on that experience: c) Dance Criticism aims to develop the journalistic side of theatre practices in giving students the opportunity to foster their written skills.
The module aims to equip you with the skills, methods and procedures to enable you to research and present a major, individually chosen, designed and managed research project. It will draw upon the research and study skills acquired in previous modules such as include library searches, data analysis, academic writing, argumentation, critical thinking, discussion skills, analysis and scholarly presentation as appropriate for the chosen topic.
This module aims to equip you with the knowledge, skills, and methods required to research and present an individually chosen, designed and managed dance science related research project. It will extend and develop knowledge gained from anatomy and science of movement components, and build upon the research and study skills acquired in previous modules such as library searches, observational analysis, data collection, critical thinking, discussion skills, and scholarly presentation, as appropriate for the chosen topic.
The module aims to equip you with the skills, methods and procedures to enable you to research and present a major, individually chosen, designed and managed choreography research project. It will draw upon the research and study skills acquired in previous modules such as library searches, data analysis, academic writing, argumentation, critical thinking, discussion skills, analysis and scholarly presentation as appropriate for the chosen topic.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.
Dance Studies graduate
Dance Studies graduate
Since graduating from Middlesex in 2007, Hakan has been working as a freelance dance artist in the UK. He founded a small multi-disciplinary art company called "HR Artworks" in January 2009, and produced and choreographed a two night showcase in March 2009 called 'Vines of Duty' at the Cockpit Theatre, London. The European Turkish press were at the performances which along with interviews were featured on CNN Turk as part of the Evening News throughout Europe.
During 2009, Hakan has also worked as resident Movement Director for London-based theatre company, Roberts, Pryce and Co., on a production of 'Who Will Carry the Word?' by French playwright Charlotte Delbo (Directed by Natasha Pryce- a fellow Middlesex Graduate of theatre arts). In addition to these shows, Hakan has been working with others on a community dance initiative called 'Residance' in Detmold, Germany.
Dance Studies graduate