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Dance BA (Hons)

As a Dance student at DMU you will develop technical and performance skills in a range of contemporary practices, deepen your understanding of dance and find your own creative voice.


Reasons to study Dance BA (Hons) at De Montfort University:

  • Daily technique class
    includes contemporary, ballet for contemporary dancers, fusion and contact improvisation
  • Personalise your studies
    in Dance: Choreography and Performance or Dance: Education and the Community, aligning your Degree to your career aspirations
  • Enhance your employability
    through excellent links with local, national and international dance organisations and artists that enrich your experience, keep the curriculum current and reflect industry practice
  • Real life experience
    is offered though a placement module in your final year where you gain valuable real life experience in a professional setting
  • International opportunity 
    through #DMUglobal gives you the opportunity to take part in an exciting international experience that will help shape your creative ideas
  • Recognised as a Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts
    with superb facilities providing specialist studios and rehearsal spaces designed specifically for dance and performance learning activities

You will have opportunities to choreograph, perform, develop dance leadership skills, manage dance events and understand how dance operates today.

You can study a range of contemporary dance techniques, improvisation, performance, choreography for live performance and for screen, dance in education and the community, contemporary dance performance and its history, dance promotion and management.

Recent graduates work as performers, choreographers, managers, heads of school and college dance departments, university lecturers, community dance practitioners, and producers. National Student Survey statistics show that 100 per cent of our graduates in 2013 and in 2014 are in employment or further study six months after graduation.

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At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are currently finalising our scholarship packages for 2017 entry.


More courses like this:

Dance (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)
Drama Studies BA (Hons)
Performing Arts BA (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: W500

Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time.

Fees and funding: For 2017/18 tuition fees will be £9,250 (subject to Parliamentary approval)

Find out more about course tuition fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding 2016/17: £11,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal or direct application form.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

  • 112 points from at least 2 A'levels or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM or
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points

GCSEs - Five GCSEs grades A* - C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above.

Access - Pass QAA Accredited AHE Diploma and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade C.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs. including English at grade C or above.

Audition/Interview required: Yes

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments



First year

  • Dance Technique
  • Contemporary Dance: Current Perspectives
  • Rethinking Choreography
  • Improving Performance
  • Exploring the Dance Profession

Second year

  • Dance Technique and Performance 1
  • Contemporary Dance: International Historical Perspectives
  • Choreography for Screen and Live Performance
  • Understanding Balance and Co-ordination

You will take all of the above modules and choose between:

  • Dance Artists in Education and the Community
  • Promoting Dance

Third year

Students choose from a range of modules offered from the list below. This enables students, in their final year to build a specialism in performance, choreography or dance education. Modules offered may include:

  • Dance Technique and Performance 2
  • Dance Technique and Performance 3
  • University Dance Company
  • Improvisation and Performance
  • Choreography for Performance
  • Screen Dance: Concept to Production
  • Performance, Interaction and Digital Technologies
  • Teaching and Leading Dance
  • Education and the Performing Arts
  • Dance Research Project
  • A Philosophical Approach to Performance
  • Dance as History
  • Dance Management
  • Negotiated Study/Placement


Our teaching and learning styles include practical classes, workshops, performances, lectures, screenings, demonstrations, small group discussions and one-to-one tutorials. In your independent study time you will undertake research by viewing, reflecting, analysing, writing and in practical explorations. 

The studio work is practical but also involves discussion, analysis, critical reflection on practice and contextualisation. Your studies are supported by an excellent collection of books, journals, videos, DVDs, CDs, electronic and online media.

All assessment is via coursework and includes classwork, presentations, choreography, written assignments and portfolios.

We have one of the largest teams of dance staff in the UK and, as they are practising artists and researchers, you can be assured of keeping up-to-date with current research and trends in dance. They are experts and award-winning leaders in their fields and draw on their outstanding professional experience for their teaching. Our excellent teaching and research was acknowledged when DMU was designated a Centre for Excellence in the Teaching and Learning of Performance Arts.

Our academic dance staff have international reputations for performance, choreography, research and innovative teaching, including individual University Teacher Fellow and National Teacher Fellow awards. World-renowned choreographer and former student, Akram Khan, has acknowledged the “inspirational teaching” he experienced at DMU.

Dance staff work closely with local, national and international dance organisations including Dance 4 and People Dancing. We also enjoy close links with artists and professional organisations, such as the Akram Khan Company, New Art Club, Moving Together and Serendipity Arts who have offered students work experience and internships.

In your final year you have practical opportunities to work with professional, educational or community organisations to develop skills in dance teaching, leading and promotion.

Dance BA (Hons), External Examiner final report comments 2015/2016:

"The curriculum is well designed to prepare adaptable graduates who have the range of skills needed to navigate the contemporary working context in dance and performing arts.

"The choreography strand of modules supports in depth creative exploration and the development of independent approaches to dance making that support their entry into the field as emerging artists with a sense of clarity and purpose in their practice.

"There is a very good balance of practice based and reflective work, and opportunities for students to integrate their practical and theoretical skills in some innovatively designed assignments." 

Contact hours
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 15 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 22 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.


Facilities and features

Dance Studios

Dance is taught primarily in the Performing Arts Centre for Excellence (PACE) and the Clephan Building.

You will be taught in a suite of superb, purpose-built, fully equipped dance studios and rehearsal spaces. Studios are flexible in that they are used for both teaching and performance. The library for Dance is one of the most extensive in the country, fully stocked with dance books, journals and DVDs


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.


Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.


Opportunities and careers



Our links with artists and arts organisations create opportunities to gain valuable ‘real life’ experiences throughout the course. In your final year you may undertake more formal placements in teaching and leading dance or in dance management. You may also negotiate your own placement, supervised by staff, with a dance, arts or educational organisation. Students have recently worked with Akram Khan, Moving Together, Forward Thinking Movement and Dance, Fuelled Dance Theatre, New Art Club and Serendipity Arts.




#DMUglobal provides opportunities to enhance your understanding and experience of contemporary dance as an international art form. Recent #DMUglobal Faculty led trips included a visit to the Spring Dance and Theatre Festival in the beautiful city of Utrecht, Holland. Students saw cutting edge performances, took part in workshops and discussion and made their own video responses which were screened on the festival’s own website. There are opportunities to engage with visiting international dance artists on our own campus.


Graduate careers

Alumni include independent performers and choreographers including Gabrielle Reuter, who is choreographing and performing internationally; Lewys Holt who with Arts Council funding is touring his own work; Katie Hall, chosen to represent the UK at the Young Artists Biennale in Milan in 2015. Some form their own companies such as Moving Together, Tetrad, Fuelled Dance, Experiential Dance. Graduates work in education from primary schools to universities.

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