This course is intellectually and artistically demanding and offers daily dance classes in contemporary techniques, such as ballet for contemporary dancers, and fusion and improvisation. You will learn from internationally recognised teachers and benefit from great facilities that have contributed to DMU being recognised as a Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts, reflecting our commitment to excellent, innovative teaching and learning.
With strong industry links and opportunities to gain real-life experience, this course will prepare you for a range of dance-related careers as educators, performers, choreographers, managers and producers. Our graduates are creative, entrepreneurial practitioners who are able to respond to the ever-changing demands of the dance profession.
In your second year, you may choose to explore your career aspirations in more depth by specialising in either Choreography and Performance, where you will learn about performance and choreographic practices and develop technical and artistic skills, or Education and the Community, to gain a thorough knowledge of arts education and dance pedagogy. This second area of specialism is ideal for students who wish to pursue a career teaching and leading dance.
At DMU, you can study Dance and Arts and Festivals Management as a joint honours course, with 50 per cent of your modules taken from each course. Alongside studying dance, you will develop an understanding of running and promoting a venue, cultural leadership, arts and communities and engaging audiences.
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- Gain industry experience and contacts with daily classes from our extensive network of professional dance artists and companies.
- Our graduates go on to a variety of work and performance opportunities. Recent graduate destinations include a role as head of dance in a school, music video performances, and participating in Channel 4’s First Acts and Let’s Dance International Frontiers festival.
- Enhance your employability through excellent links with local, national and international dance organisations and artists such as Maverick TV, Akram Khan Company and Serendipity Arts. These enriching experiences ensure that the curriculum is current and reflects industry practice.
- Real-life experience is offered though a placement module in your final year where you can gain valuable knowledge with a professional organisation or artist of your choice, with support from a mentor. Students have recently worked with Moving Together, Fuelled Dance Theatre and New Art Club.
- Arts and Festivals Management at DMU is ranked number one in the UK in the ‘Hospitality, event management and tourism’ subject area, according to the Guardian University Guide 2021.
- DMU is recognised as a Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts with great facilities providing specialist studios and rehearsal spaces designed specifically for dance and performance learning activities.
- Take part in our international experience programme, DMU Global. Our students have visited the University Dance Festival in Kiev, Ukraine, and performance venues in New York, furthering their international outlook and shaping their creative ideas.
Structure and assessment
- Dance Techniques 1
- Understanding the Dance Profession
- Dance Techniques 2
- Performance Project
- Choreography for Live Performance
- Choreography for Screen
- Dance Contexts
- Teaching and Leading Dance 1
- The Healthy Practitioner
- Creative Enterprise 1
- Promoting Dance
In your final year you choose from a range of modules, listed below. This enables you to personalise your studies in line with your interests and career pathways.
Modules offered may include:
- Dance Techniques 3
- Dance Technique and Performance
- Dance Company
- Screen Dance: Concept to Production
- Teaching and Leading Dance 2
- Dance as History
- Dance Research Project 1
- Dance Research Project 2
- Placement 1
- Placement 2
- Creative Enterprise 2
- Education and the Performing Arts
Facilities and features
DMU offers some of the finest facilities in the sector to support your studies. You will be taught in superb, fully equipped dance studios and performance spaces in the Performing Arts Centre for Excellence (PACE) and the Campus Centre. DMU has 2 fully equipped studio theatre spaces and a multi-disciplinary performance space that is often used to support live-digital work. A further 2 dance studios are located on the top floor of the PACE building with sprung floors, dance floor, mirrors and barres.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Links with industry
You will benefit from our excellent links with local, national and international dance organisations and artists such as Dance4 International Centre for Choreography; People Dancing Foundation for Community Dance; Serendipity Arts, Akram Khan Company, and Maverick TV; and many others who contribute to teaching and offer opportunities for student internships and work experience.
Opportunities and careers
The final year Placement module supports you to gain valuable real-life experience in a professional setting with an artistic, education or community organisation of your choice.
You will be supervised by a member of Dance staff and liaise with the University’s Work Based Learning Unit to negotiate your placement with a dance, arts or educational organisation.
Students have recently worked with Akram Khan, Moving Together, Forward Thinking Movement and Dance, Fuelled Dance Theatre, New Art Club and Serendipity Arts, as well as securing teaching placements in schools and colleges.
#DMUglobal provides opportunities to enhance your understanding and experience of contemporary dance as an international art form.
Recent #DMUglobal dance trips included a visit to the Spring Dance and Theatre Festival in the beautiful city of Utrecht, Holland. Students saw cutting edge performances, took part in workshops and discussion and made their own video responses which were screened on the festival’s own website.
In January 2017 DMU dance students visited Ahmedabad in the Indian state of Gujarat, where they provided a dance activity programme for the children of the Gandhi Ashram and the local community. Led by DMU dance graduate Emily Bolton (Moving Together’s Dance Director), the programme helped the children learn a wide variety of dance styles, as well as develop their creativity and produce theoretical work.
Our dance graduates are creative, entrepreneurial practitioners who are able to respond to the ever changing demands of the current dance profession. They are equipped to successfully work in a range of dance-related careers as educators, performers, choreographers and managers, producers.
Recent alumni include independent performers and choreographers Lewys Holt, who with Arts Council funding is touring his own work and Katie Hall, chosen to represent the UK at the Young Artists Biennale in Milan in 2015. Some form their own companies such as Moving Together, Tetrad and Fuelled Dance Theatre.
Others have gone on to work as heads of school and college dance departments, university lecturers, community dance practitioners, a former Director of Dance at Arts Council England and award-winning choreographers, such as Akram Khan. Some graduates choose to progress on to post-graduate study and doctoral research.
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