Dance is one of the physically hardest forms of human artwork. It integrates determination, talent, commitment and endurance. It is an aspect of all cultures across the world and is a way to express emotions, convey messages and provide entertainment.
Students of dance are required to develop their movement skills, including their techniques, whilst ensuring that they are healthy both physically and mentally. Secondly, students need to consider the composition and choreography of dance, including the balance of a team and the strength of partnerships within it. Finally, students are required to understand their staging and the role that presentation provides.
Not only does the dance itself matter, other important factors face dancers across the world. These include self-management skills, funding and other business awareness skills that will ensure that dancers can excel in their career.
If you have a dance talent, a strong sense of determination and want to perform in an exciting career with many options, dance could be the course for you.
What will I study?
Students will study three core strands on the degree course: The Healthier Dancer, Dance Contexts: Choreography & Performance and Professional Practice. They will develop their skills as a dancer by learning anatomy and physiology, and how they are important in ensuring that dance techniques are healthy. Other aspects of dance will be introduced including history of dance and dance research.A broad range of skills are provided to students to open up various career options, such as pedagogic dancing (the art of teaching in dancing) and management – skills that broaden the career options after graduation.
The main pathway from the study of Dance leads to performance within the community. Other options include teaching, dance administration, project managing and research.