Creating excellence in the dance artists and practitioners of the future.
BA Dance is a practice-based programme designed to prepare students for careers as the dance artists of the future and is delivered by some of Wales’ leading contemporary dance artists and practitioners.
The programme focuses on three main strands: technique and performance; choreography; and, dance health and well-being.
Students will acquire a range of specialist skills and practical experience in each area, as well as gaining an applicable contemporary knowledge of inclusive dance practice.
All practical skills are underpinned by the relevant theories and conceptual approaches.
UCAS Code: W502
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Why choose this course?
- Delivered by leading professional artists and practitioners.
- Receive a rigorous contemporary dance training at the highest level.
- Small class sizes.
- Focus on international approaches in performance, training and choreography.
- Several performance opportunities each year.
- Develop individual choreographic practice through bespoke mentoring and coaching.
- Acquire an understanding and workable knowledge of the body’s link between fitness, diet, and well-being.
- Work in collaboration with the sports department to optimise training and performance, through bespoke training plans and nutritional advice.
- Choose to focus on performance, choreography, health and well-being, or inclusive practice, in final year.
- Work in a challenging, yet supportive, learning environment that celebrates student success and encourages you to achieve excellence in your chosen area of dance.
- Collaborate and develop valuable links with industry professionals.
- Be prepared for a lifelong career as a dance artist.
What you will learn
The first year of the BA Dance programme concentrates on building the foundations in contemporary technique and skills development across a range of current international practices.
During the second year, students further develop their skills and knowledge in a variety of contexts that involve performance, choreography, repertoire and leadership. Students also gain practical experience in current inclusive dance practice, as well as developing their own research into dance and psychological well-being.
Students in their final year are supported to cultivate their expertise as performers and choreographers, and/or develop their own approach to dance health and well-being and inclusive practices.
Running alongside significant performance opportunities in full-scale productions, with guest choreographers, students are closely mentored in their area of specialist study in one of the three areas. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to forge collaborative links with the dance industry to assist in their progression from study to employment.
Modules at Level 4:
- Introduction to Contemporary Techniques
- Fit to Perform
- Dance in Context
- Exploring Dance Styles
- Introduction to Choreography
- Safe Dance Practice
Modules at Level 5:
- Dance Technique in Performance
- Dance and Psychological Well-being
- Repertoire in Context
- Inclusive Dance Practice
- Choreography and Creative Practice
- Leadership in the Performing Arts
Modules at Level 6:
- Interdisciplinary Arts
- Major Project
- Independent Project
- Professional Practice
Students regularly have the opportunity to take part in performances/events throughout their degree, in which we can see growth and application of skills and knowledge.
We hold formal and informal tutorials throughout the degree in which each student discusses their work with the module tutor or Programme Director. We look at practical development, conceptual growth and future intentions.
Presentations normally take place at the end of a module, exhibition or performance, in order to measure a student’s performance against assessment criteria.
At level 4 & 5 students will document their process and practical work in a workbook which demonstrates their learning and individual pathway.
Written assessments (essays/mini studies) Over the three years, students will be required to submit a range of written assessments in the form of essays and/or mini studies. These will give context to practical work and will demonstrate students’ level of research and conceptual understanding and analysis.
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You will be invited to audition via a technique class, after which you will be required to present a short 90-second, self-choreographed, solo and attend an interview with the Programme Director.
The programme requirements are a minimum of 64 UCAS points.
However, we are keen to judge each application on merit, and this entry is on an individual basis.
Our graduates have gone on to a variety of careers and further study, including:
- Teachers including inclusive dance practitioners
- Health and well-being practitioners - fitness and personal training, Pilates instructors
- Dance in Education
- Movement Therapy
- Community dance workers
Suggested academic progress routes:
- MSc Dance Science
- MA Choreograph and/or Performance
Optional Dance Pass (cost tbc - approximately £50) permits access to all campus shows and a certain minimum number of theatre trips during the year. Paid at the start of the year.
- Flesh-coloured underwear (including dance support for men)
- Jogging bottoms
- Shoes (Trainers, Soft ballet shoes)
- Water bottle
- Yoga mat
Luke Ames, BA Dance
Luke is a current student on the BA Dance course. Starting his dance journey at the age of 10 with the DanceEast CAT scheme, he has had the pleasure of working with companies and choreographers, such as Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Alexander Whitley and Tamsin Fitzgerald from 2faced Dance. He hopes, after his time at university, he will become a fully-qualified teacher at college level so he can attract more students into the world of dance.
“We study a variety of different things in the first year – technique, choreography, health and well-being, context, exploring dance styles … helping us to develop our skills for the future. We’ve also had a lot of workshop opportunities – we did one with the National Dance Company of Wales – and have had many opportunities to collaborate with other artists in the industry.
"When I was auditioning for the university, I found that this course was better suited to what I want to do in future.
"I also found overall that UWTSD had a much more friendly and homely atmosphere than other universities. I like how small it is, giving you more one-to-one time with the lecturers. Lecturers give you time as an individual – you’re not just a name in a class.”
Cerys Worsfold, BA Dance
“My favourite module had to be health and well-being. I found it a lot easier to write about in my process workbook, as it was lesson based, as I learn better with someone teaching me.
"I could make notes as we were going along so I knew exactly what points I had to talk about and go into further research with. The health and well-being module was my highest mark and I definitely think it was because of the way it was taught.
"The support from the lecturers, and other practitioners, was great. There are so many different opportunities to be had with this course. I loved helping out with the performing arts students and choreographing a piece for their third-year end of year show. I was totally in my comfort zone and they were amazing to work with. There are also many opportunities to work with different companies, whether it is within our course criteria or not. These are so good to take part in, as they build on so many different skills.
"I’m looking forward to starting the course and see what the second year brings.”
Embrace the opportunity to spend a semester abroad at universities in the US or Canada. We have exchange links with the following institutions:
- California State University, Fullerton
- California State University, Long Beach
- University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
- University of North Carolina, Greensboro
- Douglas College, Vancouver