Dance Performance and Teaching

Dance Performance and Teaching BA (Hons)

This unique course offers an approach to dance training that will nurture your skills as a performer, dance maker and facilitator; preparing you to graduate fully equipped with the necessary skills and experience to contribute to the professional dance world.

Technique training provides the foundation of learning for all dancers on the course through Studio Practice and students engage in regular movement classes to support their physical development.

As part of your 2nd and 3rd years of study, you will deliver dance workshops in primary and secondary schools on work placements, you will shadow community dance practitioners, set up your own community based projects, participate in masterclasses with visiting dance artists and perform in work by professional choreographers, as well as making your own work. Final Year students form a Dance Company and tour performances and workshops into local schools and colleges.

National Student Survey 2017 – Dance at UCLan

Top in the UK for advice and guidance and Top 5 for overall student satisfaction
100% of our students agreed that the placement opportunities within the course were valuable in developing key skills and learning

BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching is a three-year intensive programme of study, which aims to prepare students to work with confidence within creative, educational and community settings through dance, combining three intertwining strands of learning: Studio practice, Creative practice and Facilitation. All staff are practicing dance artist/practitioners who know the profession’s standards and practices and ensure they are reflected in their teaching, keeping the course content up to date and relevant.

In the recent National Student Survey (NSS), 100% of our students agreed that the placement opportunities within the course were valuable in developing key skills and learning.

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What our students say….

"I chose UCLan because it was the first Uni that stood out to me, I thought it was unique and the course felt very detailed. I loved my audition and felt very energised and involved in the class, and felt that the teaching modules were a bonus on top of the training. The campus is so close together and everything is an easy walk around Preston City Centre. The city is very student orientated and suitable for those coming from other countries too!"

1st year student 2016/17

"This course has been perfect for me; I am a different person because of it. I have been so supported to become the dancer, choreographer, teacher and artist I am today."

Kerri Ex-Student

"This course has been perfect for me, I am a different person because of it; I have been so supported to become the dancer, choreographer, teacher and artist I am today"

Francesca Greenhalgh

"I feel I have really found my path in life and I am really thankful for the course, helping me emerge as a dance artist and as an adult"

Molly Stroyan

Performance Work

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Year 1

Year 1 on the BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching course supports your transition into Higher Education and develops a strong foundation on which you will build the rest of your time on the course.  The first year focusses on building relationships between tutors and students across all year groups and extending your skills as a dancer and dance maker through studio practice and module delivery. 1st year modules ask students to explore their movement making and performance skills and include basic composition, improvisation and early facilitation skills; you will broaden your knowledge of different dance artists and their practice, alongside developing  the academic study skills necessary for progression towards achieving a BA (Hons) in Dance Performance and Teaching .


Year 2

Year 2 builds on the skills and knowledge gained in Year 1 and challenges students to explore new ways of working as performers, choreographers and facilitators. Throughout the year, student work takes place both within and outside of the University through site based work, collaboration with different art forms, and work based teaching placements in local primary and secondary schools. All these experiences support you to be more confident in engaging with other people, communicating your ideas and becoming more independent.

The schools based teaching placements are a huge part of the learning journey for our students and the experiences of being in schools on a weekly basis and working with your own class bring on significant and profound developments and changes in our students perception of themselves as dance artists and their potential career direction.

Part of the professional world of work is about your ability to work with others – people who are similar and people who are different to you. The skill of being able to develop relationships, communicate ideas, negotiate and meet deadlines, to be trustworthy, reliable and self organised are all tested in a supportive learning environment . Much of your learning in the 2nd year is through practice (doing) so it is crucial that time is built into the programme of study for students to reflect upon their experiences and to use the learning from this in order to support them to move forward. The development of these reflective skills are nurtured throughout your time on the course.

Year 3

Year 3 starts with you being exposed to more of the wonderful variety of dance practice and the different contexts within which dance work takes pace. As the year progresses we ask you to start to identify the areas of practice that are of most interest to you as an individual dance artist and the structure of the 3rd year modules allows you to focus your studies in this direction. We are thinking about your employability and possible further study – we work closely with you throughout your 2nd and 3rd year to support you in making these decisions.

Year 3 challenges you to take full ownership of ideas and projects, to model work practice within a supportive environment. Learning takes place in small group and 121 tutorials with occasional whole group lectures. The first half of the choreography module allows you to create your own original dance work from conception through to production while the 2nd Semester brings you back to your role as a dancer/maker and, working with a professional choreographer, you will make a new dance work that will be toured to local schools, colleges and platforms. The 3rd year is all about you as an individual – where do you shine!  In pursuing your own individual areas of interest you will develop research skills that in turn will become so important in fuelling your future learning and practice in the years to come after graduation. The 3rd year ends with the Graduation Showcase  - an opportunity for family and friends to come and celebrate your  success and achievements across the 3 years.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
    Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 106 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent.

If you left school or college some time ago and are without the normal entry qualifications, you will be considered equally for degree level study. We look for alternative/professional qualifications, life experience, motivation and commitment to support such applications.

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Course Overview

Year 1

  • Studio Practice
  • Composition and Performance
  • Facilitation and Performance

Year 2

  • Studio Practice
  • Dance In Education
  • Body and Other (Composition and Performance)

Year 3

  • Studio Practice
  • Facilitation
  • Choreography and Performance

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Partner Colleges

International study is possible - we have links with a number of international places of study including Humboldt State University in California.

Check out our Industry Links

The course has strong links with the country’s leading professional dance practitioners and performance companies and offers opportunities to shadow practice, develop professional networks and perform in local events.

Additional teaching opportunities are always available on top of the requirements of the degree course; we have developed apprenticeship opportunities for students with Ludus Dance, Preston Youth Dance Company, Blue Moose Dance Company and Dance Syndrome. Visiting artists and choreographers allow students to build relationships outside of the University with nationally and internationally renowned artists. Over the past years students have worked with many artist/practitioners including Diane Amans, Candoco Dance Company, Protein Dance, Jasmine Pasch, 12 Degrees North, Levantes Dance, Le Petit Mort, Lyndsey McConville, Jon Beany, and Ricardo Buscanini. All staff on the course continue to work as dance artists in their own right and bring their practice into the teaching environment ensuring that student learning is up to date and relevant.

English Regions Skills Review 2015

UCLan has received a special mention in the English Regions Skills Review 2015 for its investigative work in bridging the gap between education and the workplace. According to the Report:

The bond between education and the industry is far stronger in the regions. The links between the industry and colleges and universities are well forged and productive. Both sides are keen to work together . . . The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is investigating a Spark finishing school to concentrate on specific skills gaps identified by this research (and others) around production management (among others).

At the forefront of this is the ‘soap-in-a-week’ collaboration in which ITV Studios and UCLan are partnering up. Cast and crew from Emmerdale and Coronation Street will work with UCLan students from a host of courses to brainstorm ideas, storyline the first episode, script, rehearse, shoot and show it, all in five days. ITV will be there for guidance only and the idea and execution will be done entirely by the students. For further information on this story, to receive a copy of the English Regions Skills Review, or for more details about how UCLan is bridging the gap between education and the creative industries, contact Emma Speed on 01772 895959.

Our Learning environment

This course provides a supportive, non-judgmental environment  within which approx. 70% of the assessments are practical alongside written and verbal assignments. The majority of the teaching on the course is about learning through practice; you will be encouraged to shift your own dance practice, imagination and thinking  and be nurtured to find your own areas of interest and specialism.

You have 24/7 access to the Media Factory, housing state-of-the-art industry-standard facilities. Performances and workshops also take place in different venues around Preston. You’ll be studying in Preston at the heart of this thriving performing arts region – in addition to its own venues, the nearby cities of Manchester, Liverpool, Salford and Lancaster have the largest concentration of international theatres outside of the capital.

See your Opportunities

Links to employment are very strong on the DPT programme with students progressing to Primary, Secondary & Post 16 PGCE courses, MA study or working as Independent Dance Artists who perform, create work, teach and manage community/school based projects. You’ll benefit from working with the country’s leading dance practitioners and companies and you’ll have the opportunity to shadow practice and develop professional networks. We have an excellent reputation for teaching and learning so you’ll be ready for a successful career.

Important Information

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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.