The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Dance

Why choose this course?

As a dance student at the University of Wolverhampton, you will develop your technical and performance skills, explore your creativity, and deepen you understanding of dance in a wider cultural context. We offer one of the most varied dance degree courses in the UK and you will have unique opportunities to enrich and expand your experience in dance.

Reasons to study with us:

  • You will have daily technique classes, training in contemporary, jazz, ballet, musical theatre, street, body conditioning and improvisation throughout the course
  • All our staff are practitioners with international performance and research experience
  • Our Performance Hub offers outstanding facilities with Harlequin floors and lighting rigs in the dance studios, a fully equipped theatre, recording studios, and a superb library
  • We have excellent links with national and international dance organisations in nearby Birmingham and this will enhance your employability and experience in the current industry
  • Our world-leading research in dance science informs our teaching and supports your health and well-being as a dancer

The course content includes dance technique and repertoire, choreography, film-making, dance science, dance history, cultural studies, dance education and workshop leadership, work placements, and research projects. You will have the following practical opportunities: performances in our theatres (Walsall and Wolverhampton), performing in local and national arts events, joining Le Loup Dance Company (our student company), front of house and backstage training, and participating in work placements of your choice.

National Student Survey 2018: We achieved an outstanding 100% for overall satisfaction for the course, and 100% for good teaching, 100% for academic support, and 100% for learning opportunities. These excellent results are well above the sector wide scores.

Can't decide which course you love the most? Why not look at our joint option... BA (Hons) Dance and Drama.

What happens on the course?

Typically, you will be in practical classes, lectures, and rehearsals for four days a week and you will have one day a week to study at home. You may opt to come to campus to practise in our studios on your study day and you can also use our studios and library in the evenings and at the weekends.

Your timetable will be well-balanced with a variety of practical and theoretical sessions spread across the week to ensure an interesting variety of topics, and time for recovery from practical classes and rehearsals to ensure your best possible performance, health and well-being. Technical and creative practical classes are taught in the week and supplementary training (eg. Pilates, Yoga, circuits) forms part of your programme in order to offer you the best possible current practice in dance training.

Your lectures will often include practical activities, and most theoretical modules include guest speakers and external visits. You will have your own personal tutor during the course, and you can see your tutor and your other lecturers regularly during each semester. The university offers excellent academic support to all students.

An important part of university life is your development as an independent practitioner and thinker, and each week you will have a range of tasks to do (practical rehearsals, training, watching, reading, and writing) to support your taught work and develop your independent study skills. This will include practical rehearsals and sessions in which you explore and refine your technical and creative work.


Year 1

  • Introduction to Dance Practice
  • Introduction to Dance Performance
  • What is Dance?
  • Fit and Healthy Dancer
  • Choreography
  • Ways of Seeing

Year 2

  • Dance Practice: Intermediate
  • Dance Performance: Intermediate
  • Choreolab
  • Dance Studies
  • Professional Studies
  • Dance Research Methods

Year 3

  • Advanced Dancer
  • Advanced Performer
  • Working in the Dance Profession (includes a placement)
  • Crafting Performance
  • Dance Project


During the course you will:

  • Gain the Silver and Gold Employability Awards
  • Have the opportunity to work with Le Loup Dance Company (our student company)
  • Participate in external arts projects (eg. films, live performances)
  • Develop industry links through work with influential regional theatre companies such as ACE Dance and Music, Rosie Kay Dance Company, Birmingham Royal Ballet.
  • Become proficient in industry-level film-making
  • Work with visiting dance artists and companies
  • Have the opportunity to perform in venues such as the Birmingham REP, the Arena Theatre, Forest Arts, and DanceXchange
  • Develop skills in teaching, facilitating, and leading workshops/classes
  • Use the most current technology and equipment in dance science and film editing
  • Have a work placement of your choice

Who will teach you on this course?

The staff teaching you on the course will include Frances Clarke (Subject Leader and Senior Lecturer), Dr Clare Lidbury (Reader in Dance and Principal Lecturer), Danielle Aways (Senior Lecturer), and expert Visiting Lecturers from the dance industry. All our full time dance lecturers have worked as dance practitioners in the UK and abroad, and this wealth of experience is of huge benefit to our students. We are expert teachers and have shared our pedagogical practice at national Higher Education conferences. We are all research-active and disseminate our own research work nationally and internationally and importantly, this informs our teaching on the course.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • Our Performance Hub facilities (on the Walsall campus) are amongst the best in the UK. The main dance studios have sprung Harlequin floors, lighting rigs, curtains to create a white/black box performance space, audio/computer/screen set-ups, and advanced training equipment. The Hub also includes a range of rehearsal studios, a studio theatre, specialist suites for sound recording and film editing, a superb dance collection of books, journals, and films in the stunning library, and beautiful social spaces overlooking our gardens and campus
  • The Walsall campus has outstanding sports facilities including a gym and swimming pool, performance science labs, and excellent student accommodation
  • The centre of Birmingham is about 20 minutes away by bus, train or car and offers national and international arts events including the renowned International Dance Festival of Birmingham. Now regarded as a major centre for dance in the UK, Birmingham is the home of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, DanceXchange, and mac (Birmingham), and the links we have with these and other arts organisations give vital networking opportunities for students
  • All the dance staff have professional dance experience and external advisory roles in dance across the UK. We present their own research in the UK, and at international conferences and arts festivals. Staff research was part of the Research Excellence Framework 2014, and the research in dance science and health at the university is recognised as world-leading
  • We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and have an outstanding track record in dance for our inclusive course

The member of academic staff who leads this course is Danielle Aways.

What our students think

“Work-based learning modules as well as studio-based modules gave me the skills and knowledge I am now using as a dance artist within performance, devising work, and also managing myself and my time”.

Rebecca Namgauds (2013 graduate) dance artist and award-winning choreographer, working with Marso Riviere, Hofesh Shechter, and creating commissioned solo work.

“The facilities available to students were excellent and the support received from the lecturers was of the highest standard”.

Amy Baker, (2013 graduate), international ballroom dance champion, dance artist and teacher

Career path

All our graduates enter employment very quickly after graduation, and go into a wide range of careers. Former graduates have set up their own dance companies, become choreographers and directors, teachers in the public and private sectors, or worked as freelance dance artists. The transferable skills learned through the dance programme have enabled graduates to work in areas such as marketing and retail management, and commercial and performance related activities, including promotion companies and venue administration. Some of our graduates have gone into careers in the army, police force, law, social work, and physiotherapy. Alternatively, you may wish to continue onto postgraduate studies including a PGCE in Dance, MA Dance, MSc Dance Science, or an MPhil/PhD all of which are available at our university.

What skills will you gain?

You will:

  • develop your technical and performance skills to a high level in a range of dance genres
  • explore your creative potential and develop you own choreographic voice
  • deepen you understanding of dance in a wider cultural context
  • gain experience in lighting design and staging in our theatres
  • learn how to present shows in our theatres to a professional standard
  • develop self-confidence in teaching, facilitating, and leading workshops/classes
  • become proficient in industry-level film-making, and use the most current technology and equipment in dance science and film editing
  • become more self-confident in using effective communication skills
  • enhance your employability by developing your interpersonal skills in teamwork and leadership activities

Who accredits this course?

Our degree is accredited by the University of Wolverhampton and we have close links with One Dance UK, DanceHE, Safe in Dance International (SiDI), and the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS).

Entry requirements

2019 Entry

  • BBC from ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade DMM; BTEC QCF Diploma grade D*D*
  • Rockschool Level 3 (RSL) Extended Diploma in Creative and Performing Arts grade D
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction)
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted to attend an Audition. Read further information on the audition process here

Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory reference.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2019/0 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £12,000
Part time # £2,975

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/0. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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