This dance course will develop your technical ability and performance skills in various dance styles and build your confidence.
Course details may be subject to change
This dance course will develop your technical ability in various dance styles, and will build your confidence and performance techniques and skills to prepare you for performing live to a large audience.
You will hold:
- Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including a grade 4 or above in a performing arts GCSE - such as drama or dance.
- Level 2 Performing Arts or equivalent.
- GCSE maths and English at grade 4 or above is preferred but not essential.
Exceptions can be made on successful auditions.
What are the next steps?
Auditions are very informal and fun - you will be given a brief discription of the programme and what to expect.
You will take part in a 20 minute warm-up/technique class that will allow us to see your basic technique and confidence.
Please prepare a 1-2 minute solo in your preferred style that shows off your ability. You will perform your solo and will then have the opportunity to ask questions.
All students will be expected to have the following specialist equipment:
- Tap shoes: £10-£30
- Ballet Shoes: £10-£15
- Ballet leotard and tight: £10-£20
You will be required to contribute for optional trips and visits.
- Learn and develop technical ability in various dance styles.
- Learn about influential dance practitioners for different styles of dance and their impact on the genre.
- Develop performance techniques and skills working towards performing live to a large audience.
- Use critical analysis to self-assess and reflect on personal skills and development.
This programme is endorsed by the Northern Counties Dance Teachers Association (NCDTA).
Modules Studied You will study four modules across two years: [1[Exploring Performance Styles ~ Creating Performance Material ~ Performing as a Dancer as part of an ensemble ~ The Performing Arts Industry]1]
In the second year, you will refine your skills, produce a personal project, create material for self-promotion and networking, undertake a defined creative or administrative role, use creative collaboration to develop a project and produce a collaborative project.
Times of Delivery
Any times indicated are based on current courses and may be subject to change in future years. Full timetables will be confirmed at the start of each course.
Teaching and Assessment
You will take part in a range of different learning and assessments styles to fulfill your potential. Every practical unit contains some written work.
Some assessments will be tutor led and others will be solo projects.
You will have access to support from our Personal Learning Coaches (PLCs) and will receive one-to-one tutorials with your tutor.
You will experience bespoke workshops with industry professionals, previous practitioners include:
- West End Choreographer, Lee Proud
- The Young Americans
- Frantic Assembly
- Kris Manuel from West End Prep.
You will enjoy regular visits to theatres, such as Northern Stage and The Theatre Royal.
Every two years we visit London for a theatre break and take part in workshops at Pineapple Studios.
You will be required to complete a work placement to gain relevant industry experience.
Previous placements include Beamish Museum, TinArts, Urban Dance Garage, Razzmatazz Stage School and The Train to Christmas Town.
You will be encouraged to source your own placements where possible. Support is given from our Work Placement Officer.
You could progress to study FdA Performing Arts at New College Durham, or a relevant degree course at university or dance school.