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. 

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Dance at UCLan is 1st in the North West and in the UK top 10 for academic support  - National Student Survey 2019.
  • Dance and Drama at UCLan are nationally ranked in the UK top 20 according to The Guardian University Guide 2020
  • Students on this course are also part of UCLanDance: a centre of excellence for learning, participation and advocacy for dance and somatic practices.
  • Real-world experiences embedded across all three years including primary, secondary and community-based teaching placements and tour performance/workshops across the region.

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

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

Fees for international students

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.

Applicants must attend an audition/ interview. You will be sent an email by our Admissions Office asking you to book onto a selection day event.

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.

International Students

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Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Further Information

The BA Programme is a contemporary dance degree that focusses on developing a strong grounding in various contemporary techniques.  We also work in partnership with UCLan Student Union Dance Club, the university’s biggest club. Our students have joined to take part in classes throughout the year; in previous years this has included tap, contemporary, hip hop, ballet and jazz.  The society is for our students and is run by them, on gaining their place with UCLanDance students have joined regular classes, auditioned for competition teams and even auditioned to become a group teacher.  The club have won a number of trophies including club of the year!

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.

To learn more about our School and the range of courses within it, go to our homepage.

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What our students say….

"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


"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

"I would not be where I am today without the balanced, insightful and inspiring course I did at UCLan. I still reference my research from my dissertation, I still use tasks and lesson plans I developed in my placements and I still have support networks in the staff and students from my course to this day" 

Kate Thackeray

"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

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Dance Staff

Ruth Spencer

Ruth Spencer
Co-Course Leader and Senior Lecturer

Lucy Nicholson
Senior Lecturer and Co-Course Leader

Sarah Hall

Sarah Hall

Dr Sara Giddens

Dr Sara Giddens
Principal Lecturer

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Performance Work

In Motion: Degree Show

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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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.


Final year undergraduate and postgraduate Performance students have the opportunity to get involved in our annual cJAM employability event.  cJAM shakes-up the traditional career fair format and gives UCLan students face-to-face time with up to 30 successful industry professionals all of whom have come to the event with the offer of valuable work placement opportunities.  The cJAM event format consists of four main components:

  • Students hear from keynote industry speakers who share their personal career journey and how they got to where they are now.
  • The industry Q&A session allows students to ask questions to gain further advice and insight.
  • Informal networking opportunities during the breaks and lunch.
  • The key element of cJAM is the giant speed meeting session.  The students have eight minutes one-to-one time to meet with selected industry guests to try and win a placement. Students can choose to talk about an idea, their reasons for wanting a placement with that particular company or to showcase their enthusiasm, skills and talent.  Immediately following the speed meeting session, placements are decided on and the event closes with all the winning students being presented with their placement awards.

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Theatre Studio

Media Factory

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Molly Stroyan

Molly Stroyan

BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching, 2013

Graduating from UCLan in 2013, Molly Stroyan now owns her own company, Molly Freelance Dance, where she allows “dance to be accessed by as many people as possible regardless of race, age, size, ability or disability and for those who attend to express themselves freely in a safe and non-judgemental environment whilst acquiring high quality dance tuition.” It all started, though, studying BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching.

Beth Kevan

Beth Kevan

BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching, 2017

UCLan Dance Performance and Teaching graduate, Beth Kevan, has taken her dance journey overseas to become Head Dance Academy Instructor at the five-star Sani Resort in Greece. Beth followed her passion to study dance and set out to reach her career goal of building her own business.

David Darcy

David Darcy

BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching, 2014

David chose to study Dance Performance and Teaching at UCLan because the course perfectly fitted with his career aims, the access to facilities were second to none and most importantly, David liked the approach the University took to the course.

Hannah Stubbs

Hannah Stubbs

BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching, 2014

UCLan Dance Performance and Teaching graduate, Hannah Stubbs, has fulfilled her aspirations to become a teacher of dance and drama in secondary education. Hannah has been dancing from an early age and aspired to teach the discipline. She chose the Dance Performance and Teaching degree course at UCLan because it was the only one of its kind that incorporated the teaching element.

Keri Lincoln

Keri Lincoln

BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching, 2011

UCLan Dance Performance and Teaching graduate, Keri Lincoln, has excelled in teaching by setting up her own business, Keri Lincoln Yoga.

Rebecca Winter

Rebecca Winter

BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching, 2013

UCLan Dance Performance and Teaching graduate, Rebecca Winter, has taken her career journey to China to become an English Language Teacher.

Anna James

Anna James

BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching, 2018

UCLan Dance Performance and Teaching graduate, Anna James, has broadened her opportunities in the field of dance by becoming a freelance dance artist.

Rachel Aldred

Rachel Aldred

BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching, 2016

UCLan Dance Performance and Teaching graduate, Rachel Aldred, has reaped the opportunities from her degree to become a Performing Arts and Music Teacher in the Middle East.

Initially, Rachel wanted to develop her dance technique in the contemporary field and use the degree to help her become a performing artist. However, she found that the course opened doors to further opportunities and networks in performance and teaching.

Alana Koolen

Alana Koolen

BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching, 2017

UCLan Dance Performance and Teaching graduate, Alana Koolen, has fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a dance instructor in her home country of Canada. Alana was interested in studying overseas and decided on the course at UCLan because of the course leader’s energy and enthusiasm and different studies involved.

Julia Reeves

Julia Reeves

BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching, 2012

UCLan Dance Performance and Teaching graduate, Julia Reeves, has landed a prime teaching role at an international mission school in Mexico.

Dance has been Julia’s passion from an early age, but it was during her time at high school when she realised she wanted to pursue it as a career.

Laura Worden

Laura Worden

BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching, 2014

UCLan Dance Performance and Teaching graduate, Laura Worden, has landed a dynamic role with leading Lancashire dance development charity, Ludus Dance. Dance has always been a part of Laura’s life and before studying at UCLan she was involved in amateur dramatics, performing, choreographing, classes and cabaret.

Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller

BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching, 2015

UCLan Dance Performance and Teaching graduate, Sarah Miller, has taken her passion overseas to become a Secondary Physical Education Teacher at New English School in Kuwait.

Cris Stanford

Cris Stanford

BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching, 2009

UCLan Dance Performance and Teaching graduate, Cris Stanford, has stepped up his career to become a Performing Arts Teacher within secondary education as well as setting up his own theatre group.

Important Information

This course is based in the School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 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 2019/20 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.