Dance

BA (Hons) Single

Challenge the boundaries of physical expression through the exploration of innovative and creative methods, approaches and practices in dance.

Our BA in Dance will give you the opportunity to perform, create, facilitate and lead dance in a number of different contexts. Through a critically informed approach to traditional and current dance practices, you’ll develop strong performance and choreographic skills that will make you stand out in this competitive industry. 

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Why study Dance at Chester?


Industry active staff

Taught by a group of passionate and committed industry active staff from a variety of professional dance backgrounds, in a supportive and nurturing environment, it’s no wonder the BA in Dance at Chester has a high level of student satisfaction.

Explore dance practices and technique

On this multi-faceted course, you’ll have the opportunity to explore a whole range of dance practices in a variety of contexts. With a fantastic range of module options at your fingertips in your second and third year, you’ll have every opportunity to create your own pathway.

Technique classes focus on both the contemporary (Flying Low Technique, Skinner Releasing Technique, contemporary release approaches) and the traditional (Limon-based, classical ballet and body conditioning.) All classes in studio practices, choreography and performance are underpinned with critical inquiry and contextual study, helping you find your place in this ever growing, and competitive industry.

Whilst developing your dance practice, this course will also teach you the necessary skills to make it in the working world, giving you the ability to successfully go out and seek employment.

Features:

Extracurricular classes

With extracurricular classes in such things as capoeira, yoga, street dance, contact improvisation, physical theatre and dance making, you’ll have even more opportunity to develop your physical mastery and expand your creative dance practices.

Guest lectures and visits

From trips, guest lectures and in-house performances, there are plenty of opportunities to watch, learn and discover different styles of performance from industry experts. Our students and staff work with national dance agencies such as Cheshire Dance and Merseyside Dance Initiative and a range of artists and dance companies such as Cando Co, Motionhouse, Company Chameleon, Liz Aggiss, Charlie Morrissey, Bruno Caverna, Sally Dean, Mary Prestidge, Andrea Buckley, Finn Walker and National Dance Company Wales.

Kingsway Campus

As a specially developed creative arts campus, Kingsway has an extensive range of state-of-the-art facilities and equipment guaranteed to bring learning to life, including well-equipped and excellent studio performance facilities that also provide the platform for you to engage with performance technology and digital media.

With other courses within the Department of Performing Arts and the Department of Art and Design all located on site, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work in an exciting interdisciplinary environment.

Career support

Working in partnership with Riverside Innovation Centre (Business enterprise), the course continues to nurture Dance students even after they graduate. This year we are delighted to have enCompass Collective in residence enhancing the student experience.

 

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme.  Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time as part of the University’s commitment to curriculum enhancement.

Programme Structure:

Year 1 (Level 4)

Studio Practices 1 (Core)
This module introduces key dance and movement principles through the practical study of dance techniques and somatic practices.

Choreography, Improvisation and Performance (Core)
Opportunity to explore improvisational and choreographic approaches in making movement material into performance. Documenting and reflecting on the process of dance-making will include video making and editing.

Introduction to the Study of Performance (Core)
The module introduces key practitioners, theories and practices in performance and the development of scholarly practice: essay writing, reflective practice, presentations, referencing and bibliographies.

Dance Projects (Core)
This module introduces the rehearsal and performance process to develop professional ways of working in dance; nurturing self-discipline, ensemble skills and collaborative practice.

Performance and Technology (Core)
The essential technical skills of lighting and sound are introduced and applied in the subsequent creation, design and making of work for performance.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Studio Practices 2 (Core)
This module is designed to advance technical dance knowledge and skill in the studio practice class. The work involves more complex dance phrases and sequences with greater dynamic and stylistic challenge with focused engagement on specialised somatic practices.

Somatic Movement Practices (Core)
Opportunity to develop knowledge and deeper engagement with somatic - body/mind practices, drawing upon and applying principles of improvisation and movement exploration, releasing and experiential anatomy.

Dance Making and Choreography (Core)
Through developing choreographic approaches and compositional methodologies; this module promotes strategies for rigorous experimentation in dance making and practical research processes.

Dance Teaching and Professional Development (Optional)
This module is designed to develop skills and knowledge in teaching and leading participatory dance activities, supported by a greater understanding of the dance industry - organisational structures, self-employment, entrepreneurial opportunities, planning and managing a career.

Interactive Digital Performance (Optional)
Extending opportunity to further knowledge and skill in creative manipulation of digital technology for performance.

Urban and Street Dance (Optional)
Practical workshops and seminars explore the nature of dance and urban culture through physical exploration, stylistic concepts and movement identity.

Site Specific Practices (Optional)
In contrast to practices taking place within conventional environments for performance, such as a theatre or studio spaces, this module focuses on the development of performance work in non-theatrical environments and locations.

Performing Musical Theatre (Optional)
To provide students with the essential technical and artistic skills and knowledge required to develop as a performer in musical theatre.

Live Art (Optional)
Opportunity to develop critical understanding and appreciation of live art practice, its lineage and application in the wider field of performance.

Performance Practice (Optional)
This module provides the opportunity to engage in an intensive dance project, involving the preparation, rehearsal and facilitation of a performance event.

Work Based Learning (Optional)
Working within an organisation to apply skills and knowledge acquired from the degree programme and elsewhere.

Year 3 (Level 6)

Creative Practice (Core)
This module provides practice-led critical inquiry into creative and dance-making practices that inform artistic processes and the framing and production of dance. 

Emerging Dance Ensemble: Studio towards Performance (Optional)
Extending opportunity to engage with advanced technical dance processes, and the making, rehearsing and presenting of dance for performance.

Screendance (Optional)
The focus of this creative module is as an exploration of the relationship of dance and the camera and refined technical considerations concerned with media technologies and the dancing body.

Developing Professional Practice (Optional)
This module affords opportunity to address issues of professional practice, developing personal marketing materials and delivering professional presentations and a range of facilitation practices.

Negotiated Study (Optional)
This module involves a major practical research project in an area of students’ own choice. Dance students do various interesting things in this module, including creating and rehearsing a dance ensemble, site sensitive work, collaborating with drama and music students to make contemporary performance work, teaching in schools, working with community groups and many other exciting ideas.

Dissertation (Optional)
The dissertation module provides opportunity to engage in rigorous research methods through data collection in order to write at length about a selected research topic derived from specialist areas of practice and theory. In dance, dissertation proposals have included: Making and creating dance at GCSE, Screen Dance and ‘Liveness’ and Site sensitivity and embodiment in the urban space.

Pedagogy and Policy (Optional)
This module offers a theoretical perspective (as opposed to a school-based experience) of the National Curriculum. The module covers key policy and principles involved.

Liquid Space: The intermedia ensemble (Optional)
This module deals with the inter-relation of live performance and media technologies, developing understanding of performance media collaborations in theory and practice.

Assessment combines both practical (i.e. dance performance) choreography, and lecture demonstrations, and written work (i.e. academic essay). 

The course will prepare you for a wide range of jobs including:

 Jobs directly related to your degree:

 Please refer to Dance UK - http://www.danceuk.org/

  • Dance performer
  • Choreographer
  • Dance teacher
  • Community dance worker
  • Dance researcher
  • Dance producer
  • Dance therapist

Jobs where your degree would be useful:

 

 

 

 

You will be equipped with transferable skills which are valued by employers such as:

  • confidence;
  • self-presentation;
  • teamwork and collaboration;
  • time management and organisational skills;
  • self-awareness;
  • self-discipline and stamina;
  • an open mind and the ability to move beyond boundaries and experiment with different ideas;
  • communication skills;
  • analytical, critical and research skills;
  • the ability to cope with criticism and learn from it.

If you are studying this course on a combined basis you should look at options with both subjects.

For further information please visit:

www.chester.ac.uk/careers

 

UCAS points: 280 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent. Typical offer - BCC/BBC
BTEC:

BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM

BTEC Diploma:D*D*

Irish/Scottish Highers: B in 4 subjects
International Baccalaureate: 26 points
Access Access to HE Diploma, to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit
OCR:

OCR National Extended Diploma: Merit 1

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - DDM

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma - D*D*

Additional Requirements:

You will be required to attend an audition which will consist of a 1 hour 30 minutes Studio Practice (technique) class and an 1 hour Creative Workshop. You will also be given the opportunity to see undergraduate work and the Performing Arts facilities.

Extra Information:

Please note that we accept a maximum of 20 points from GCE AS Levels and that Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A level General Studies will be recognised in our offer.  We will also consider a combination of A levels and BTECs/OCRs.

Candidates who do not meet the minimum entry requirements, or who have non-standard qualifications and/or relevant experience, are encouraged to apply and will be considered if they can demonstrate appropriate ability through their audition.

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For details about your course or your application please get in touch.

Daniel Lee-Davis

While building on technique and performance quality through practical classes, the course at Chester also allowed me to take an in-depth look at current practitioners and newly emerging dance makers.”

Dance StudentDaniel Lee-Davis