Dance students at De Montfort University

Dance BA (Hons)

Develop your technical and performance skills in a range of contemporary practices that will broaden your understanding of dance and help you find your creative voice.

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With its strong industry links, this course will prepare you for a range of dance-related careers. You will also benefit from great facilities that have contributed to DMU being recognised as a Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts, reflecting our commitment to innovative and excellent teaching and learning. 

Intellectually and artistically demanding, it offers daily dance classes in contemporary techniques, ballet for contemporary dancers, and fusion and improvisation. In your second year you can choose to specialise your studies in performance and choreography or education and community. 

Dance: Performance and Choreography is designed to give students an in-depth knowledge of performance and choreographic practices and develop their technical and artistic skills. Our successful graduates work as performers, choreographers, dance practitioners and producers.  

The aim of Dance: Education and Community is to help students wishing to teach and lead dance to gain a thorough knowledge of arts education and dance pedagogy. DMU graduates have landed roles as teachers in primary, secondary and tertiary education and as community dance practitioners and project managers. 

Key features:

  • 100% of our Dance graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2016-17 report). 

  • Gain industry experience and contacts with daily classes from our extensive network of professional dance artists and companies. 

  • Boost your exposure in the field through our excellent links with local, national and international dance organisations and artists such as Maverick TV, Akram Khan Company and Serendipity Arts. 

  • Real-life experience is offered though a placement module in your final year where you can gain valuable knowledge with a professional organisation or artist of your choice, with support from a mentor. Students have recently worked with Moving Together, Fuelled Dance Theatre and New Art Club. 

  • DMU is recognised as a Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts with great facilities providing specialist studios and rehearsal spaces designed specifically for dance and performance learning activities. 

  • Our graduates are creative, entrepreneurial practitioners who are able to respond to the ever-changing demands of the current dance profession. Previous graduates have gone on to a variety of work and performance opportunities, including a role as the head of dance, performing in music videos, and participating in Channel 4’s First Acts and Let’s Dance International Frontiers festival.  

  • Take part in our international experience programme, DMU Global. Students have benefited from trips to the University Dance Festival in Kiev, Ukraine, and to performance venues in New York, furthering their international outlook and shaping their creative ideas.

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  • 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 2020/21 tuition full-time fees will be £9,250 per year.

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, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding international: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £13,750 per year.

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, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

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

Plus five GCSEs grades 9-4 including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above.

  • Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit (or equivalent) and GCSE  English (Language or Literature) at grade 4 or above.

We will normally require students have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

  • We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above

Interview/Practical Workshop required: Yes

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band, 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.

Interview and Practical Workshop
UK applicants with relevant qualifications will be invited to a practical workshop and interview. Overseas applicants will be invited to send samples of their performance work. Please see our Practical Workshop Advice Dance BA (Hons) for full details.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments


First year

  • Dance Techniques 1
  • Ensemble Performance
  • Choreography
  • Exploring the Dance Profession

Second year

  • Dance Techniques 2
  • Performance Project
  • Choreography for Live Performance
  • Choreography for Screen
  • Dance Contexts
  • Teaching and Leading Dance 1
  • The Healthy Practitioner
  • Promoting Dance

Third year

In your final year you choose from a range of modules, listed below. This enables you to personalise your studies in line with your interests and career pathways. 

Modules offered may include:

  • Dance Techniques 3
  • Dance Technique and Performance
  • Choreography
  • Dance Company
  • Screen Dance: Concept to Production
  • Teaching and Leading Dance 2
  • Dance Research Project 1
  • Dance Research Project 2
  • Placement 1
  • Placement 2
  • Education and the Performing Arts


Teaching and learning takes place in 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. 

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. 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. 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.

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

DMU offers some of the finest facilities in the sector to support your studies. You will be taught in superb, fully equipped dance studios and performance spaces in the Performing Arts Centre for Excellence (PACE) and the Campus Centre. DMU has 2 fully equipped studio theatre spaces and a multi-disciplinary performance space that is often used to support live-digital work. A further 2 dance studios are located on the top floor of the PACE building with sprung floors, dance floor, mirrors and barres.


The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.


Links with industry  

You will benefit from our excellent links with local, national and international dance organisations and artists such as Dance4 International Centre for Choreography; People Dancing Foundation for Community Dance; Serendipity Arts, Akram Khan Company, and Maverick TV; and many others who contribute to teaching and offer opportunities for student internships and work experience.

Opportunities and careers



The final year Placement module supports you to gain valuable real-life experience in a professional setting with an artistic, education or community organisation of your choice.

You will be supervised by a member of Dance staff and liaise with the University’s Work Based Learning Unit to negotiate your placement 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, as well as securing teaching placements in schools and colleges. 


#DMUglobal Dance students in India

DMU Global

DMU Global provides opportunities to enhance your understanding and experience of contemporary dance as an international art form.

Recent DMU Global dance 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.

DMU dance students visited Ahmedabad in the Indian state of Gujarat, where they provided a dance activity programme for the children of the Gandhi Ashram and the local community. Led by DMU dance graduate Emily Bolton (Moving Together’s Dance Director), the programme helped the children learn a wide variety of dance styles, as well as develop their creativity and produce theoretical work.


Graduate careers

Our dance graduates are creative, entrepreneurial practitioners who are able to respond to the ever changing demands of the current dance profession. They are equipped to successfully work in a range of dance-related careers as educators, performers, choreographers and managers, producers.

Students have gone on to work as heads of school and college dance departments, university lecturers, community dance practitioners, a former Director of Dance at Arts Council England and award-winning choreographers, such as Akram Khan. Some graduates choose to progress on to post-graduate study and doctoral research. 

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University Dance Festival

Each year students from the course take part in a series of showcase events across the City of Leicester. The University Dance Festival makes new dance available to the wider public in the form of fresh, exuberant and challenging performances.



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