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Dance BA Honours

Develop into a dynamic and creative dance artist with our course
Code
W550
Start
September 2023
EU/International: September 2023
Duration
3 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK) *
£15,100 (EU / INT) *
Course leader
Chris Tudor

Select from our exit awards in Performance, Dance Science and Choreography or develop a portfolio of skills in areas such as dance teaching, collaboration and journalism with the portfolio Dance pathway.

Why study dance with us?

The course is designed to help you discover your passions and interests across the field of dance and creative industries. You will be exposed to a range of practice through project-based learning and industry focused learning, equipping you to make your pathway selections in Year 3. The exit awards in Performance, Dance Science and Choreography present a defined specialist pathway, whereas remaining on the core dance route offers you a collection of modules to choose from. You’ll have the opportunity to develop various transferable skills through immersive training in dance teaching, collaborative practice, creative performance and dance journalism, all of which will provide you with valuable skills to pursue diverse career avenues in the creative field/s.

Learn more about the course and last year’s graduates on our Creative Graduates 2022 exhibition.

Put your knowledge into practice

A vibrant curriculum, state-of-the-art dance facilities and links to our London connections will help you in your pre-professional development. You will become part of a network of entrepreneurial practitioners and you will receive rigorous practical training in a broad range of dance techniques, project-based experiences that have been mapped to current external practice and experimental collaborative exchanges that engage you with artists and professionals from across the creative field.

You'll develop your professional skills through examining, reflecting and performance. Our four fully equipped dance studios and specialist dance theatre allow you to train in a professional-level environment.

Find out more about our MDX Dance community via @MdxUniDance

Course Highlights

  • One of the leading universities in the UK for dance
  • Taught by a diverse team of professional artists and industry experts
  • Rigorous dance technique training
  • Fostering individuality through creative dance making and performance
  • Applied learning in dance science, professional practice and dance academia
  • Opportunity to focus on a specialist area or select from a range of dynamic modules
  • Become part of the MDX Dance community, joining a network of entrepreneurial artists
  • Vibrant curriculum that prepares you for a versatile, lifelong career

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What will you study on the BA Dance?

The Year 1 module, The Emerging Dance Artist, is a year-long 120-credit module that provides you with a sound foundation from which to develop. By positioning you at the centre of the learning experience, it lays the fundamentals of effective working practices and encompasses a range of core areas such as dance techniques, choreographic processes and dance-making, contextualisation of current and past practices, cultural identities, collaboration and independent working. You will explore the interrelationship between these components through a portfolio of learning themes that provide lineage and currency to the landscape of dance today.

Your Year 2 modules will further develop your knowledge, understanding and skills of Dance Practices. Each of the four modules has a distinct and specific in-depth focus which is central to the developing artist. The modules together offer the opportunity for you to reflect on your learning within dance practices and shape your pathway into Year Three.

Year 3 will enhance, further develop and allow you to apply knowledge and skills within a professional practice context.

Exit awards

All students follow Year 1 and Year 2 modules on the BA Dance Practices and can remain on that award for Year 3 with a further choice of one 30 credit module from Directed Performance, Creative Performance or Collaborative Practices. And one 30 credit module from Teaching Safe Dance Practice or Dancing Research. You can also choose to study Teaching Safe Dance Practice and Dancing Research together in your final year.

Alternatively, through discussion with your Personal Tutor, toward the end of Year 2 you can either transfer to BA Dance Performance or access one of two exit awards: BA Dance Practices (Choreography) or BA Dance Practices (Dance Science).

Modules

  • Year 1 - all exit awards (Compulsory)

    • The Emerging Dance Artist (120 credits)

      The Emerging Dance Artist aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the diverse range of ideas, practices, and skills embedded in and needed to develop a career in the dance field and creative industries.

      You will be placed at the centre of a learning experience that will encourage you to explore the interconnectedness between subject areas through participating in creative, collaborative, and research projects, practice-based experiences, and performances.

  • Year 2 - all exit awards (Compulsory)

    • Theorising Performances and Practices (30 credits)

      The module develops key theoretical and analytical frameworks to enhance your understanding of methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives for analysis and interrogation of dance practices and dance works.

      The module will also introduce you to areas of professional practice within the dance field and develop your understanding of ethical implications, strategies, and skills required for navigating a journey through the profession.

    • Dance Techniques and Performance (30 credits)

      Through practical work, you will explore various dance techniques, enhance your technical and artistic abilities and develop your knowledge and understanding of technique and performance.

      You will be introduced to learning and performing dance works ranging from twentieth-century repertoire to current creations; to develop an understanding of the principles, methods, and processes embedded in dance works and performance.

    • Creativity and Enterprise (30 credits)

      This module builds on your creative experience in Year 1 by developing your knowledge and understanding of creative processes and practices in dance.

      You will be introduced to different modes of creation and presentation (screen, site-specific, and theatre) with the aim of producing a creative outcome.

      The module also introduces you to different approaches to framing, presenting, and disseminating your creative work within the dance industry to develop the innovative skills necessary to frame and publicise your work in relation to the requirements of different creative platforms in the industry.

    • Dance Science (30 credits)

      This module aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills to develop your understanding of the moving body, enabling you to enhance your physical dance practice/performance.

      You will be introduced to common postural changes in dancers, warm-up/cool down, supplementary fitness training, and nutrition; you will consider their effects on dance practice/performance and wellbeing.

  • Year 3 (Compulsory)

    • Applied Professional Practices (30 credits)

      The module develops key theoretical and analytical frameworks to enhance your understanding of methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives for analysis and interrogation of dance practices and dance works.

      The module will also introduce you to areas of professional practice within the dance field and develop your understanding of ethical implications, strategies, and skills required for navigating a journey through the profession.

  • Year 3 - Choose one module (Compulsory)

    • Dance Techniques (Performance) (30 credits)

      This module aims to enhance dance technical skills. It challenges you to explore and acquire a deeper level of understanding of the eight elements of dance.

      Alongside the technical training, you will be encouraged to reflect on how the techniques studied inform your artistic, creative, or educational growth and understanding of dance.

    • Dance Techniques (30 credits)

      This module aims to enhance dance technical skills. It challenges you to explore and acquire a deeper level of understanding of the eight elements of dance.

      Alongside the technical training, you will be encouraged to reflect on how the techniques studied inform your artistic, creative, or educational growth and understanding of dance.

  • Year 3 - AND choose two from the following:

    • Teaching Safe Dance (30 credits)
    • Dancing Research (30 credits)
    • Collaborative Practice (30 credits)

      This module enables you to develop research in collaboration with other disciplines such as; music, architecture, fine art, or art and design.

      The module aims to foster independence and ambition in dance making through encouraging dialogue with other artists.

      You will develop knowledge and understanding of the range and diversity of inter-disciplinary practices.

      You will independently engage in the research, invention, and planning of choreographic projects.

    • Directed Performance (30 credits)

      This module aims to develop your understanding of dance repertoire.

      You will be challenged to apply and expand your technical proficiency, and acquire stylistic and interpretive skills through your engagement with rehearsals in a directed context.

      Through guided and independent research and practice, you will explore the multiple layers inherent in the rehearsal process and performance of dance repertoire.

    • Creative Performance (30 credits)

      This module will provide you with exposure to a professional rehearsal environment through participation in the creation of dance works.

      Through engaging in choreographic processes, you will develop a sense of personal artistic interpretation and an awareness of ‘self’ and enhance your understanding of the role the dancer plays in the creation and performance of such work.

      Throughout the module, you will have the opportunity to investigate, develop and apply varying rehearsal techniques as well as to perform the created work in a professional theatre context.

  • OR choose one of the following exit awards:

  • Year 3 - Choreography (Compulsory)

    • Applied Professional Practices (30 credits)

      This module makes links with the wider dance profession, develops key skills and attributes and engages you in practice-based experiences. Learning through reflection on your engagement with professional practice, you will gain vital employability skills necessary to effectively plan and pursue a career in the creative arts industry.

    • Dance Techniques (Practices) (30 credits)

      This module will enhance your dance technical skills. Alongside the technical training, you will be encouraged to reflect how the techniques studied inform your artistic, creative, or educational growth and understanding of dance.

    • Collaborative Practice (30 credits)

      This module enables you to develop research in collaboration with other disciplines such as; music, architecture, fine art, or art and design.

      The module aims to foster independence and ambition in dance making through encouraging dialogue with other artists.

      You will develop knowledge and understanding of the range and diversity of inter-disciplinary practices.

      You will independently engage in the research, invention, and planning of choreographic projects.

    • Choreographic Research Project (30 credits)
  • Year 3 - Dance Science (Compulsory)

    • Applied Professional Practices (30 credits)

      This module makes links with the wider dance profession, develops key skills and attributes and engages you in practice-based experiences. Learning through reflection on your engagement with professional practice, you will gain vital employability skills necessary to effectively plan and pursue a career in the creative arts industry.

    • Dance Techniques (Practices) (30 credits)

      This module will enhance your dance technical skills. Alongside the technical training, you will be encouraged to reflect how the techniques studied inform your artistic, creative, or educational growth and understanding of dance.

    • Teaching Safe Dance (30 credits)
    • Dance Science Project (30 credits)
  • Year 3 - Performance (Compulsory)

    • Directed Performance (30 credits)
    • Creative Performance (30 credits)
    • Dance Techniques (Performance) (30 credits)
    • Applied Professional Practices (30 credits)

      The module develops key theoretical and analytical frameworks to enhance your understanding of methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives for analysis and interrogation of dance practices and dance works.

      The module will also introduce you to areas of professional practice within the dance field and develop your understanding of ethical implications, strategies, and skills required for navigating a journey through the profession.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. Standard entry requirements
  2. International (inc. EU)
  3. Interviews and auditions
  4. How to apply
  1. UK
  2. EU / International
  3. Additional costs

Students from across our Dance courses have produced some wonderful work on group and individual projects in recent years. Have a look below at some examples.

How can the BA Dance support your career?

A degree in Dance from Middlesex opens up a wide range of careers:

There is such a wide range of performance opportunities available to you once you graduate. Recent graduates working both independently and with leading companies such as:

  • Akram Khan
  • Alter Ego
  • Amici Dance Theatre
  • C-12 Dance Theatre
  • Flawless
  • Stop Gap
  • Avant Garde
  • Boy Blue Entertainment
  • JV2
  • Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company
  • MCDC – Michaela Cisarikova Dance Company
  • Melody Squire – Sol Dans Company
  • Olympic 2012 opening and closing ceremonies (as choreographers and dancers)
  • Reside Dance Company
  • Ross McKim Ensemble Dance Company
  • Sia and Zayn dance music video
  • Uchenna Dance
  • Vocab Dance
  • Zoo Nation

The Resolutions season at the Place Theatre, London continues to feature numerous companies involving Middlesex graduates as choreographers and/or dancers.

After graduation, you might wish to enhance your skills with an internship. Our graduates have taken advantage of a range of dance internships at studios and organisations such as Dance Research Studio, Dance programme Support Graduate Intern at Trinity Laban, Ombetja Yehinga Organisation Namibia, Tanzplatform Rhein-Main Frankfurt, DanceXchange, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

There are also a number of arts organisations you could forge a career with and previous graduates have been successful at One Dance UK, The Lowery Theatre, Creation Box, Move IT, Capezio, East London Dance, DanceXchange, Big Dance Bus, Arts Depot, The Place, One Dance UK, Jackson’s Lane Theatre, London Studio Centre, Activate Performing Arts, Richard Alston Dance Company, Dance4, Blac Canvas, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, National Dance Teachers Association (NDTA), The Royal Ballet School.

Interested in Choreography? Our graduates have worked with the following companies GradLab ACE funded project, Young Choreographer South West, Resolutions!, ACE funded dance artist Leva Kuniskis, Siobhan Davies Dance, Young Artists Advisory Group. Our graduates have also been selected for Young Choreographers South West and worked with Arts Council England (ACE) funded companies as part of GradLab at the Point. Some have even won ACE funding to tour their choreographic works.

There are other sectors you could go into with a Dance degree such as arts administration, the media industries, or the health, fitness and wellbeing industry. Graduates have attained posts at The Place, London Studio Centre, The Royal Ballet School and the Royal Academy of Dance, writing for leading dance journals in the UK, working within the health and fitness industry teaching Exercise to Music and coaching dance/sport related activities

You could further your education with postgraduate study. Many of our graduates progress to Masters level study and beyond, with annual progressions to MSc Dance Science and subsequent internships at Laban, while some hold managerial positions in NIDMS (National Institute of Dance Medicine & Science), One Dance UK and Dance Science lecturing posts at vocational schools. You could also progress into teaching with a high percentage of dance graduates becoming Head of Dance and other teaching posts across the country.

What support is available?

Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews, networking and so on. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.

Anne Donnelly
Associate Professor in Dance and Director of Dance Programmes

Anne started teaching dance at Middlesex University in 1994, previous to that she had a long career as a professional dancer with London Contemporary Dance Theatre (under the name Anne Went).

Read more about Anne's work.

Dr Astrid Bernkopf
Senior Lecturer in Dance Practices

Dr Bernkopf has danced as a professional ballet dancer in Austria, Germany, the Czech and Slovak Republics. She studied pedagogies of Ballet at the Academy of Performing arts in Prague. She studied for her PhD at the University of Surrey.

Angela Woodhouse
Senior lecturer in Dance Choreography

,Angela’s artistic practice is concerned with audience relations, performance installation, site specific work and interdisciplinary practice. Her most recent collaborative work will tour internationally in 2019/20.

Helen Kindred
Senior Lecturer in Dance

Helen is a dancer, choreographer and movement practitioner. She specialises in release-based techniques and improvisation and is currently undertaking her doctoral study. Helen has previously served as an executive board member for DanceHE, worked as Artistic Assessor for Arts Council England and is an External Examiner for other HEIs.

  • Jordan Franklin

    Dance Studies BA graduate

    Having had experience in the dance industry prior to coming to Middlesex University, the course was able to further my dance knowledge and skills a great deal. It gave me all the necessary tools to become stronger and more physically able in order to better my dance styles within and outside of contemporary dance. It also improved my professionalism, punctuality and organisation.

    After graduating I performed in Boy Blue Entertainment's production of Blak, Whyte, Gray at the Edinburgh International and Emancipation of Expressionism in the GCSE AQA Curriculum as shown on BBC2’s Darcy Bussell’s New Dance. In addition to my work as a performer and choreographer I have also taught dance in multiple countries and around the UK, something I was able to continue whilst studying.

  • Bethany Holmes

    Dance Studies BA graduate

    Choreographer Bethany Holmes talks about the inspiration behind her stunning final year dance piece, how she came to collaborate with a Music student, and what her time at Middlesex was like.

  • Cherilyn Albert

    Dance Studies BA graduate

    I am very grateful for the creative freedom I had whilst studying at Middlesex University. I was able to test my choreographic ideas and take risks, which has already benefited me since graduating. For example, I have presented a developed version of my 2nd year choreography at Resolution! at The Place. I collaborated with a designer of whom I connected with during my 3rd year collaboration project at Middlesex. I was very happy to be invited back to the Dance department to create a new work with 15 first years and alongside that I have been teaching dance to children across London. I am part of YAAG at Siobhan Davies Dance where I'm an advisor, panellist and a co-curator of their youth events. A lot of my time post graduation has been focusing on solidifying my company Instigate Unknown, doing research and development, workshops and performances. Aspirations for the future are being able to spend more time focusing on my company, applying for funding, hosting events and taking our works on tour.


We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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