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Commercial Dance (BA)

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This intensive degree prepares dancers for the industry in a practical, studio-based learning environment, offering the opportunity to acquire and develop essential technical and artistic skills through professional training.

Led by staff with a wealth of professional experience, students work alongside their peers on an interdisciplinary campus honing their technique and performance skills through a number of dance projects. It provides a platform for aspiring dance artists to begin their careers in the dance and performing arts sector.

Throughout the three years, the students will have an opportunity to develop skills and an understanding of the industry which they will need to foster in order to be able to work professionally and to take advantage of the increasing demand for skilled, versatile and reliable performers.

PATHWAY OPTIONS AND HOW TO APPLY

BA Commercial Dance
UCAS Code: COD1
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Contact Email: v.johns@uwtsd.ac.uk
Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course

If you want to study commercial dance practically and learn about the current dance industry then this is the course for you. This course prepares you for a career within the commercial dance industry, no matter what your background or dance experience is.

You will discover your identity as an artist through studying a wide variety of dance forms, building on varying dance techniques and performance skills, such as:

  • Hip Hop
  • House
  • Funk
  • Waacking
  • Voguing
  • Ballet
  • Tap
  • Jazz
  • Contemporary

The course provides opportunities to work with current practitioners and choreographers working within the industry to develop projects and performances.

Throughout the three years you will gain relevant insight into the industry, preparing you for employment after graduating.

What you will learn

Course Overview

Throughout the three years, you will be taught by professionals with a wealth of knowledge and experience, providing all important industry links.

We will help you to become your own unique dance artist with an excellent understanding of the current dance industry and the skills to sustain your own creative career.

Year One

This year will focus on your understanding and development of a diverse range of dance techniques required for the commercial dance industry. You will build upon your skills, whilst learning about all important fitness, nutrition and injury prevention in order to withstand the demands of the industry. This year will culminate in a performance project that will be led by a guest choreographer.

Year Two

This year will build upon, stretch and challenge the skills you’ve learned from the previous year. You will gain extra skills within workshops from studying specialist areas such as acro and circus. Focusing on audition technique, you will gain invaluable insight into audition processes and work within a collaborative project.

Year Three

In your final year, you will have the opportunity to develop your own dance piece with guidance from tutors. You will work towards a showcase/showreel, whilst learning how to present yourself as a dance artist. The course will culminate in a large scale performance project.


After you graduate, we will continue to support you throughout your career.

Module Topics
  • Dance Training 1
  • Contemporary Dance 1
  • Commercial Dance 1
  • Acting Class
  • Learning in the Digital Era
  • Performance Project
  • Dance Training 2
  • Dance Lab
  • Commercial Dance Technique 2
  • Collaborative project
  • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation
  • Audition Technique
  • Professional Practice for Performance
  • Final production
  • Creative Industries
  • Independent Project
Assessment

Assessment on this programme is by a range of methods offering opportunities to present learning in a variety of different ways throughout the course. A number of the methods include performances, portfolios, mock auditions, classroom assessments, podcasting, essay writing and presentations.

Wales Academy of Voice & Dramatic Arts (WAVDA) Links

Key Information

Staff
  • Tori Johns
  • Amy Guppy
  • Alexa Bustamante
  • Jack Philp
  • Leighton Wall
Entry Criteria

120 UCAS Points

Career Opportunities

This course is designed to equip you with the necessary skills to be a successful dance artist. As a BA Commercial Dance graduate, you will be prepared to undertake roles such as:

  • Performer
  • Choreographer
  • Touring
  • Digital Dance

This degree also opens up an array of other opportunities in other fields by developing key transferable skills throughout the three years.

Additional Costs

Additional costs would include purchasing the following:

  • Ballet shoes
  • Jazz shoes         
  • Tap shoes          
  • Leotard
  • Ladies ballet tights         
  • Unisex black leggings    
  • Men’s dance top
  • Women’s character shoes
Further Information

Please visit the Wales Academy of Voice & Dramatic Arts (WAVDA) for more information.