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BA (Hons) in Professional Dance & MT

The 3-year Professional Dance & Musical Theatre Degree is a rigorous programme of vocational training for aspiring professional performers. This outstanding programme of study trains dancers to an audition-ready, professional level through the delivery of a detailed technical training in all dance and musical theatre disciplines.

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Foundation Diploma in Dance & MT

The 1-year Dance & Musical Theatre Foundation Diploma course provides an intensive period of training for post-FE students who need to develop their vocational skills in order to succeed in auditions for HE / professional training auditions.

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Sixth Form Dance & MT

The 2-year Sixth Form Dance & Musical Theatre course provides the perfect springboard into Higher Education by providing students with all of the skills and techniques needed to excel in degree-level professional training auditions.

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Niamh McDermott, 2024 Graduate

I had the most amazing experience training at Dancebox on their Sixth Form and Degree course. The teachers go above and beyond to help each individual student and the course is truly amazing. The year groups are small to ensure everyone gets individual feedback to be the best they can be. I am so lucky to have trained here and be given incredible opportunities and constant guidance and support from all faculty.

BA (Hons) in Professional Dance & Musical Theatre

Practical skills developed extensively in a variety of different dance genres

Singing and Acting techniques developed through group and individual practice

Extensive performance opportunities to showcase students' learning

Academic studies to support and develop understanding of contextual and critical studies

Facilitates understanding of historical and cultural developments in Dance and Musical Theatre

The 3 year Professional Dance & Musical Theatre Degree is a rigorous programme of vocational training for aspiring professional performers. This outstanding programme of study trains performers to a professional, audition-ready level through the delivery of a detailed technical training in Dance and Musical Theatre disciplines.

After gaining a strong grounding in all Dance and Musical Theatre skills in year 1, students have the opportunity to focus the final 2 years of their training to develop the specific skills required for their desired employment. Throughout the course the rigour and complexity of training increases so that graduates develop the skills, knowledge and expertise necessary for a long and successful performing career, as well as the security of gaining a full BA (Hons) degree qualification to pave the way for life after a performing career.

Course Code: W3DB

Institution Code: B94

Campus Name: Dancebox Studios and Theatre Works

Campus Code: W

80 UCAS (New Tarrif) points entry requirement

£9,250.00 per year (Student loan funding available to UK students)

Course content

Year 1

Technical Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Heels Technique, Commercial, Latin, Fitness, Nutrition, Body Conditioning, Singing Technique (solo/ensemble), Acting/Vocal Technique, Integrated Performance / MT Repertoire.

All subjects studied will be supported by reflective journals which demonstrate personal development through a variety of research tasks on Dance and Musical Theatre to support your understanding of the industry.

You will have the opportunity to take part in numerous external performances throughout the year where you will be expected to apply the requisite professional standards in preparation for working in the industry.

Year 2

Technical Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Heels Technique, Commercial, Latin, Fitness, Nutrition, Body Conditioning and Anatomy & Physiology, Singing Technique (solo/ensemble), Acting/Vocal Technique (including accents and dialects), Acting through Song and Integrated Performance / MT Repertoire.

In line with the progressive nature of the three year course, you will develop more advanced technical skills across the genres of Dance, Singing and Acting.

You will develop analytical skills through the exploration of your own practice. You will develop and secure an understanding of historical and cultural developments in Dance and Musical Theatre to support your understanding of the industry.

There is again, opportunity to take part in numerous external performances throughout the year where you will be expected to apply the requisite professional standards in preparation for working in the industry.

Year 3

Advanced level Technical Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Heels Technique, Commercial, Latin, Repertoire, Audition Technique, Double Work, Body Conditioning, Advanced level Singing Technique, Acting / Vocal Technique, Integrated Performance / MT Repertoire, Acting for Audition, Singing for Audition, and Microphone Technique.

The final year of study focuses on not only consolidating all prior learning but also enhancing your professional skills and readiness for a successful career in the performing arts industry. To ensure you're industry-ready, we offer a comprehensive package that includes:

  1. Showreel, Photo Portfolio, and CV Creation: We guide you through the process of creating professional-grade showreels and photo portfolios, alongside crafting compelling CVs that highlight your unique skills and experiences.

  2. Securing an Agent: We provide expert advice and support to help you secure representation from reputable agents in the industry.

  3. Professional Auditions: From the spring term, you will have the opportunity to attend professional auditions, giving you a real-world experience of the audition process.

  4. Work with Industry Professionals: You will have the chance to collaborate with industry professionals to create a full piece of work, which will be showcased in front of a live audience.

  5. Image Consultation and Personal Branding: Our industry experts will offer image consultation services to ensure you present your best self. Moreover, we will guide you in developing your personal brand, helping you to distinguish yourself in a competitive market and create a unique identity that resonates with your target audience.

  6. Audition Techniques: We offer extensive training on audition techniques to ensure you're well-prepared and confident.

  7. Vocal Portfolio Creation: Our advanced singing technique classes also include the creation of a vocal portfolio to showcase your range and versatility.

  8. Introductions to Casting Directors and Agents: As part of our commitment to your professional success, we facilitate introductions to casting directors and agents.

  9. Social Media Following Building: In today's digital age, having a strong social media presence can significantly boost your career. We will guide you on how to effectively use social media platforms to build your brand, increase your visibility, and attract a dedicated following.

Finally, you will rehearse and perform in a Final Major Performance Project. This performance will take place in a professional theatre for an invited audience of agents and industry professionals. This is the perfect opportunity to showcase all that you have learned and make industry connections. Your journey from student to professional artist truly begins here.

Foundation Diploma in Dance & Musical Theatre

Practical skills refined through the delivery of dance genres including Ballet, Jazz, Commercial, Latin and Tap, as well as Singing and MT Repertoire classes.

Extensive performance opportunities to showcase students' learning

Encourages use of evaluative and reflective skills to support development and individual progress  

Facilitates understanding of critical and contextual awareness of different perspectives within the performing arts.​

 

The Foundation Diploma in Dance & Musical Theatre provides students who have already completed a Level 3 qualification the opportunity to engage in a period of intensive training to develop the skills required to be successful in auditions for Higher Education and vocational training courses.

 

The curriculum is rich in diversity and students train intensively throughout the 36 weeks to achieve a Level 4 qualification. The course in perfect for students with a passion for the Performing Arts who want to refine their practical skills and extend their understanding of the Performing Arts industry through creative and stimulating study.

Qualification - UAL Level 4 Professional Diploma in Performance

Duration - 1 Year (4 days per week)

Entry Requirements - 4 GCSE passes at grade 4, including English Language or Literature and a recognised Level 3 qualification

Tuition Fees - Fully-funded* (there may be some additional costs for uniform etc)

*EFA grant funding is available for this course to students aged 16 - 18 at the start of the course, who have not yet completed a full Level 4 qualification. This course is also available to other students at a self funding rate of £4800 per year (fee correct for the '22/'23 academic year)

Industry-based Faculty 

Small Year Groups

Wide variety of styles

Long contact hours

Sixth Form Dance & Musical Theatre

The 2-year Sixth Form Dance & Musical Theatre course provides the perfect springboard into Higher Education by providing students with all of the skills and techniques needed to excel in degree-level professional training auditions.

The Sixth Form Dance & Musical Theatre course provides the perfect springboard into Higher Education by giving students all of the skills and techniques needed to excel in degree-level professional training auditions.  The curriculum is rich in diversity and students train intensively throughout the 2 years to achieve a qualification which is equivalent to 3 A-Levels. The course in perfect for students with a passion for the performing arts who want to explore, develop and extend their understanding of the performing arts industry through creative and stimulating study.

-  Includes the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts

-  2 Years full-time (3 days per week)

-  Entry Requirements - minimum 4 GCSE passes at grade 4 (including Maths and English Language or Literature)

-  Tuition fees fully-funded for age 16 - 18* (there will be some additional costs for uniform etc.)​

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*EFA grant funding is available for this course to students aged 16 - 18 at the start of the course, who have not yet completed a full Level 3 qualification. This course is also available to other students at a self funding rate of £4800 per year (fee correct for the '23/'24 academic year)

Course content

Year 1

Dance and Musical Theatre genres including Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Commercial, Lyrical, Group Singing, Body conditioning, Nutrition & Fitness.


Through the delivery of 8 units, your technique classes, rehearsals and research tasks will culminate in a Collaborative Performance Project where you will showcase your skills in an external theatre performance.
You will be introduced to the process of rehearsal, production and delivery of performance to support your understanding of the industry and what is required of professional performers.  
Theory lessons will develop an understanding of the historical and cultural context of different areas of the performing arts to support with progress of both technical and performance skills.

Year 2

Dance and Musical Theatre genres including Jazz, Jazz Heels, Ballet, Tap, Commercial, Commercial Heels, Lyrical & Group Singing, Body Conditioning, Nutrition & Fitness.


Your studies in year 2 will focus on a further 4 units which support the development of the artistic, professional and vocational skills necessary for progression routes including degree and vocational training auditions. This includes guidance on course selection, choosing audition material and practical audition preparation.


You will also continue to develop, strengthen and refine your technical skills, as well as develop your fitness and knowledge through body conditioning, nutrition and physiology theory classes. The year culminates with an Extended Project Performance where you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your technical skills in an external theatre performance.

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