Dance BA (Hons)
UCAS code: W500
Experiment. Push boundaries. Celebrate dance. Explore your creative potential in performance and choreography with tutors employing the latest teaching practices. Refine technique and theory as you grow as a reflective and creative dance artist on Edge Hill University’s dance degree.
Follow your dreams as a creative practitioner with a dance degree that gives you the knowledge, skills and experience to launch a professional career.
Dance to your heart’s content on our BA (Hons) Dance course. Be immersed in practical performance projects, technique classes, and inspiring seminars. Collaborate with professionals in dance-making for a wide range of performance settings. You’ll study dance techniques and theories essential to current practice. We’ll encourage you to perform and grow in our Arts Centre theatres and studios.
Your artistic and creative development is everything to us. See dance through different lenses as you explore performance and choreography, applying your skills in different contexts. Our research-active practitioners will help you elevate your perception and experience of the body, and develop cultural perspectives.
Our culture of performance will expand your portfolio. Workshop new ideas and make connections with visiting professionals. Learn to fund and pitch projects. Gain industry skills as part of our staff and student-led dance companies. By the time you graduate, you’ll be ready to work as an independent dance professional.
Learn a language option available
Sandwich year option available
Studying abroad option available
What you'll study
What goes into a performance? How can we describe dance? You’ll discover why dance remains a dynamic and important contemporary artform. Develop your skills in devising and creating dance alongside your technical and performance ability. See how theory and history inform applied dance projects as you investigate choreography, dance-making and performance for stage and other settings.
Dance Practices: Knowing Bodies
Module code: DAN1300
Making Dance: Choreographic Cuts
Module code: DAN1303
Making Dance: Choreographing Worlds
Module code: DAN1301
Module code: PAR1300
Writing Dance Landscapes
Module code: DAN1302
One of:Expand all
Applied, Community and Outreach Practice 1
Module code: PAR1301
Module code: TLC1010
You’ll develop as a dancer and choreographer in Year 2. Creating as individuals and within a collective, you will make new work guided by your tutors – planning, collaborating and choreographing to perform on a public stage. As well as celebrating dance as an inclusive practice, you will strengthen your progress by refining your technique, learning to question and analyse approaches to dance-making.
Body Matters in Performance
Module code: DAN2301
Creative Dance Portfolio: Choreograph, Perform, Archive
Module code: DAN2300
Making Dance: Practice Makes Political
Module code: DAN2302
Performance Contexts 2
Module code: PAR2300
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Applied, Community and Outreach Practice 2
Module code: PAR2301
Dance Practices: Preparing for the Profession
Module code: DAN2303
Module code: TLC2000
In your final year you’ll refine your technique, performance and choreography skills to become industry-ready. You’ll build your portfolio and learn how to fund projects. We’ll encourage you to pursue your own interests in an independent research project that will also prepare you for work or postgraduate study.
Creative Entrepreneurship: Production and Touring
Module code: PAR3303
Dance Practices: Employability and Professional Portfolio
Module code: DAN3300
Module code: PAR3302
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Dance Practices: Exit Velocity
Module code: DAN3301
Jazz Dance Routes
Module code: DAN3302
Module code: PAR3301
Performance, Gender and Sexual Politics
Module code: DRA3303
Module code: TLC3000
Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.
How you'll study
A wide range of teaching styles are offered, delivered through practical workshops, technique classes, performance projects, formal lectures and seminars.
Through creative projects, ensemble work and personal research, you will acquire critical and creative skills which will be of use in a wide range of future careers. You will develop a personal portfolio and prepare practice CVs for employment, supported by sessions in career planning.
The Dance team work closely with professional bodies to ensure the course teaches cutting edge practices and enables you to develop teamwork skills, lead group projects, and participate in management activities with an emphasis on self-efficacy.
Students will have the opportunity to undertake creative opportunities with companies and organisations such as Company Chameleon, Levantes Dance Theatre, LUDUS, Gary Clarke and a wide range of dance artists from different backgrounds. Students are also offered the opportunity to take workshops and performances into educational and community settings.
In addition, the award-winning student-led dance society delivers evening classes and organises performances on campus, as well as competing in dance events.
How you'll be assessed
As part of your student journey, your tutors will support you towards your assessments which are a way of celebrating your learning. The different points of assessment prepare you for real-life scenarios, whether that be performance, presentations, portfolios, written work, or a viva. As part of your personal development, you will reflect on your learning to recognise and build your skill sets.
There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this degree.
Who will be teaching you
You will be taught by a dedicated team of academic specialists and professionally-experienced dance practitioners and you will benefit from a wide range of dance experiences. Learning is driven by the principle of research-informed teaching and supported by a team of experienced theatre technicians.
To enhance your experience, the department has industry links with a wide range of professional bodies both regionally and nationally. These include Ludus Dance, The Grand Theatre Blackpool, Lisa Simpson Dance, Curious Minds, Company Chameleon, Company Carpi, Culture Warrington, The Everyman and Playhouse, Tate Liverpool, and Arts Council England.
These well-established links have enabled students to gain experience creating, performing and touring work by professionals including Theo Clinkard, Joss Arnott, Company Chameleon, Garry Clarke, Charlotte Broom, Alesandra Seutin, Eleanor Perry and Daniel Gay Gordon.
Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.
Relevant experience will be taken into account and all offers are made on the basis of an audition.
|BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications)||Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).|
|T Level||Overall grade of Merit.|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Level (HL) Grade 5 may apply.|
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.|
Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.
If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.
English language requirements
International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.
If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.
How to apply
Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.
If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.Discover our accommodation
Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre students at Edge Hill University enjoy industry-standard teaching and learning facilities in the £7million Arts Centre which is also home to the Rose and Studio Theatres.
The Department of English and Creative Arts’ outstanding resources ensure you gain practical experience to a professional standard. Contemporary performance environments include dance studios, black box drama studios, rehearsal rooms, a theatre construction workshop, costume construction workshop, scene dock, theatre design studios, digital sound studio, digital design suite, music technology room, music practice studios, a recital room and an outdoor amphitheatre. The Studio Theatre also functions as a fully equipped aerial performance space.
The Arts Centre hosts a diverse range of high-quality productions and performers, including comedy, dance, drama and music, designed to supplement English and Creative Arts programmes and entertain both students and the local community.
Where you'll study
£77 per credit
for 360 credits
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.
Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.
Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.
Your future career
A dance degree at Edge Hill sets you up for a career in the creative arts. Our EHU-Arts HUB offers professional opportunities to ensure you are industry-ready.
Our graduates have the specialist skillset to work as artists, performers, choreographers and teachers. Past students now run their own very successful businesses, or are employed by organisations like Company Chameleon, DeDA, Ludus Dance, Volcano Theatre Company, The Bluecoat, Aintree University Hospital, Arts Council England, and WigLe Dance CIC.
Many dance students go on to work as freelance dance teachers and community artists. Roles you could aim for include:
- academy manager
- freelance commercial dance artist
- artistic director
- dance development and learning coordinator
Some graduates choose to move into teaching or lecturing in education. Others complete further education and training or diversify into careers outside dance.
So, do you need a degree for dancing? Some do make it without a degree, but the rich, diverse knowledge of dance and performance that you’ll gain on our course will help open doors to a long-lasting career in the arts or other industry sectors, and make a difference to people’s lives. Whatever profession you’re interested in, our dance degree will help you follow your dream.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.
Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.
Track changes to this course
Change to Entry Requirements - 21 November 2022
Entry requirements updated to remove preferred subjects.
Change of Modules - 29 September 2022
DAN1300 Dance Practices: Knowing Bodies (20 credits), DAN1301 Making Dance: Choreographing Worlds (20 credits), DAN1302 Writing Dance Landscapes (20 credits), DAN1303 Making Dance: Choreographic Cuts (20 credits) and PAR1300 Performance Contexts (20 credits) replace DAN1101 Dance Teaching in Education (20 credits), DAN1102 Histories of Dance (20 credits), DAN1103 Introduction to Choreographic Practices (20 credits), DAN1104 Explorations into Dance Writing (20 credits) and DAN1105 Introduction to Dance Making and Performance (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 1. PAR1301 Applied, Community and Outreach Practice 1 (20 credits) replaces DAN1106 Teaching Dance in the Community (20 credits) as an optional module in Year 1.
DAN2300 Creative Dance Portfolio: Choreograph, Perform, Archive (20 credits), DAN2301 Body Matters in Performance (20 credits), DAN2302 Making Dance: Practice Makes Political (20 credits) and PAR2300 Performance Contexts 2 (20 credits) replace DAN2101 Devising Projects in Education and Community (20 credits), DAN2102 Body and Performance (20 credits), DAN2103 Cultural Perspectives in Dance (20 credits) and DAN2104 Choreographic Practices 2 (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 2. DAN2303 Dance Practices: Preparing for the Profession (20 credits) and PAR2301 Applied, Community and Outreach Practice 2 (20 credits) replace DAN2105 Dance Making and Performance 2 (20 credits) and DAN2107 Dance Theatre Performance (20 credits) as optional modules in Year 2.
DAN3300 Dance Practices: Employability and Professional Portfolio (20 credits), PAR3302 Research Project (40 credits) and PAR3303 Creative Entrepreneurship: Production and Touring (20 credits) replace DAN3102 Dance Techniques 1 (20 credits), DAN3103 Dance Making and Performance 3 (20 credits), PAR3101 Researching Performance (20 credits) and PAR3104 Dissertation (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 3. DAN3301 Dance Practices: Exit Velocity (20 credits), DAN3302 Jazz Dance Routes (20 credits), DRA3303 Performance, Gender and Sexual Politics (20 credits) and PAR3301 Live Art (20 credits) replace DAN3104 Jazz Dance (20 credits), DAN3105 Dance Techniques 2 (20 credits) and PFA3103 Installation and Immersive Performance (20 credits) as optional modules in Year 3.
The above changes take effect for September 2023 entry.
Change to Entry Requirements - 26 September 2022
DBS Enhanced Disclosure removed as an entry requirement with effect from September 2023 entry.
Withdrawal of Modules - 17 January 2022
CIR2103 Contemporary Circus (20 credits), CIR2104 Aerial Dance: Breaking Ground (20 credits), CIR2105 Aerial Circus Performance (20 credits) and PFA2101 Site Specific Performance (20 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 2.
CIR3103 Circus and Silent Movies (20 credits), CIR3104 Independent Aerial Projects (20 credits) and PFA3108 Dancing Anarchy (20 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 3.
Update to Example Offers - 2 March 2021
Example offers updated to include the Digital Production, Design and Development T Level with an overall grade of Merit.
Change of Modules - 22 January 2021
DAN2106 Teaching Practice (20 credits) removed as an optional module in Year 2.
PAR3101 Researching Performance (20 credits) replaces DAN3101 Researching Dance (20 credits) as a compulsory module in Year 3. DRA3107 On the Road: Enabling Better Worlds (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 3. PAR3106 Arts and Enterprise (20 credits) removed as an optional module in Year 3.