The Dance & Choreography course begins with a foundational first year. This provides you with a thorough grounding in technique and skills at levels appropriate to the experience you bring with you.
From the start, you're involved in the three core strands of teaching and learning that run through the course: techniques and bodywork, theories and contexts, and projects and performance. These strands are taught through technique classes, intensive projects, workshops, and performances, in lectures and seminars, and in individual and group tutorials.
In the second year and third years of the course, you'll specialize either in Performance or Choreography, whilst maintaining a strong sense of focus and involvement with the dance programme as a whole.
Our emphasis on combining physical practices and creative collaboration with critical thinking and context enables you to take charge of your own development in relation to others. You'll explore and extend your individual movement language, discuss your training and academic needs with tutors and decide on your future pathways.
What you'll do
The first year offers high levels of contact time in the studio and focuses on the acquisition of physical techniques and skills. You'll practice contemporary techniques and improvisation. ballet and additional supplementary physical training.
Complementing this, you'll explore and study dance cultures and histories. take part in projects and workshops in studio and site based dance performance and choreography.
The specialist modular pathways in the second year are designed to involve you in a range of directed, supervised and self-generated approaches to dance and performance or dance and choreography.
You'll continue to develop your skills and abilities in technique and bodywork, lectures and critical seminars, and in intensive performance or choreographic projects. The pathways enable you to research and investigate techniques and skills, theories and contexts, and modes of performance, composition and audience engagement that inform and shape your chosen specialism.
Dance & Performance allows you to focus as a dancer on performance skills. experience working with professional choreographers. and explore cross-disciplinary project work to support your development as a performer.
Dance & Choreography enables you to develop your choreographic skills through intensive directed and collaborative projects. Working with video. sound and editing techniques equip you to choreograph for the screen and for other media.
Throughout the year you'll expand your knowledge of the theories and contexts of dance through a variety of lectures. seminars and research projects.
During the third year, you'll expand your skills through collaborative projects. advanced physical training and creative and choreographic processes.
Technique classes, lectures, seminars, and tutorials help to equip you for your final written research and practical projects. You will embark on an independent practical research project, a written research paper and a choreographic/performance project to be presented at the annual AMATA Showcase Festival.
- Four state-of-the-art dance studios with fully sprung Harlequin floors
- Two large (250m2) studios and two smaller (110m2) studios - each equipped with production lighting, projection and sound facilities
- A range of other studios. performance spaces and recording studios
- An excellent cafe
The dance programme is staffed by a core team of tutors and associate lecturers with active professional and research connections to local, national and international dance networks.
Our core staff leads the course and its specialist pathways, and our associate lecturers are drawn from the vibrant regional independent dance and performance scene.
The dance programme enjoys a wide variety of visiting lecturers and workshop leaders such as Ramsay Burt, Daniel Squire, Katie Duck and Alfredo Genovesi, Theo Clinkard, Company Chameleon, Ballet Lorent, Dan Canham, Charlotte Eatock, Sarah Whatley, Aakash Odedora Becky Edmunds. Rosemary Lee and Siobhan Davies.
Assessment is both practical and written, using a variety of methods ranging from presentations of practical work. essays and case studies, to performances and video projects.
Assessed practical work is shown in either a studio context to staff and peers or to public audiences both on and off the campus.
Our BA(Hons) Dance & Choreography course gives you the skills, experience, and confidence to enter and contribute to the creative economy at local, national, and international levels as creative thinkers and practitioners.
- Freelance dancers, choreographers or community facilitators
- Graduate start-up and independent dance or performance company founders
- Working with established dance, theatre, film, and production companies
- Teaching/lecturing/workshop leaders
- Further/postgraduate studies
- Arts and health practitioners