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 Post subject: Dance Degrees in the UK
PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2002 5:18 am 
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Hi All

I would love to do a BA Dance degree, but don't really know much about it. Has anyone got any experience they could share please?

Specifically(sp), the expertise level generally required (do you have to be an accomplished dancer, or can people with little previous training be accepted), the amount of practical work compared with theoretical etc etc.

I'm a beginner (Jazz/Modern dance, just about to start ballet) and would love the opportunity to do a degree or HND in Dance. I am also 24 yrs old - is that a negative factor also <img src="http://www.criticaldance.com/ubb/frown.gif" alt="" /> I have bags of enthusiasm and am a quick and attentive learner.

I would love to make a career in Dance (not necessarily as a performer - although that would be nice - but a teacher or choreographer etc). I am all too aware of my increasing age!!

Would appreciate some advice...

Many Thanks

<small>[ 24 February 2004, 02:35 PM: Message edited by: Stuart Sweeney ]</small>


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 Post subject: Re: Dance Degrees in the UK
PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2002 12:53 pm 
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I don't have too much experience in Dance degrees myself but I know a few people who have or are studying dance at Roehampton and I know there that they follow contemporary and ballet. Some students have a good grounding in both, others may only have a grounding in one and be beginners in the other. This course I know can let you do all theory after the first year if you want but there are also performance opportunities. What are you wanting to do with your degree? If you can answer that then that may help with some recommendations for courses. Surrey University has a dance course as does the Laban Centre?<P>And don't worry about your age (which isn't old anyway!) - a lot of universities/colleges will see that as a plus point.<P>Hopefully others will be able to chip in with some ideas.<P><p>[This message has been edited by Joanne (edited February 13, 2002).]


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here are a few websites for you to try.<P><A HREF="http://www.laban.co.uk/courses/undergraduate.php3" TARGET=_blank><B> Laban Centre </B> </A><P><A HREF="http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/artshum/arts/progs/dancestud.asp" TARGET=_blank> <B> Roehampton Institute </B> </A><P><A HREF="http://www.surrey.ac.uk/Dance/Courses/Undergrad.html" TARGET=_blank> <B> Surrey University </B> </A><P>Hope these are of help to you.


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I too have only partial knowledge, but my understanding is that some of the increasing number of institutions that offer degree courses have an emphasis on practice, and demand high initial standards to enter the courses. For instance the Laban Cemtre holds auditions in countries as far away as Australia. I'm sure that London Contemporary Dance School and London Studio Centre would be the same.<P>Others are more of a mix of theory and practice, but only a tiny handful of the students will ever perform professionally.<P>Later: Here is a link to the website of the CDET - The Council for Dance Education and Training - which has a section on degree courses at Institutions and Universities with links to further information:<BR> <A HREF="http://www.cdet.org.uk" TARGET=_blank>http://www.cdet.org.uk</A> <P> <p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited February 13, 2002).]


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I did a drama degree and any of my fellow students that wanted to become actors mostly went on and did a postgrad course at an acting school. It is probably similar for dance.


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Thanks very much for your advice.<P>I think after investigating it a bit further that the Degree would be a bit too advanced for me at the moment, but I am looking at various foundation courses that are aimed at people with a small amount of dance experience which prepares you to study at degree level.<P>It sounds like this is much more suitable for me.<P>Thanks again Image<P>


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Keentodance I don't know where abouts in the UK you live but I know that Richmond College in Surrey and Morley College in Waterloo offer a lot of foundation dance courses designed especially for people like yourselves - they would be worth a look.


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Keentodance, I went to Roehampton to do my dance degree. I am 24 and have just finished (well last July. A lot of the students in my year were mature students (over 21). You don't have to be an accomplished dancer, but you do have to have some experience in ballet or modern dance, as you have to do a practical audition. Roehampton is very academic in its approach to dance study. In your first year you study contemporary dance and ballet along with theoretical subjects such as notation, anatomy, history, dance appreciation. You also do choreography and even in the theoritical classes in the first year practical work is implemented as much as possible. In years 2 and 3 the choice of study is up to you. You are given a list of modules and you choose exactly what you want to do. If you want a theory based degree that is fine you can do that, if you want technique classes you can also do that too.<BR>If you want to be a dancer you would have to go on to a postgraduate course and concentrate on performance, it is highly unlikely you would dance professionally after completing your degree here. You simply do not have enough technique classes a week. Although, there are a lot of opportunities to choreograph and if you are interested in teaching Roehampton is very good. If you are interested in performing you need to go to somewhere like the Laban Centre, London Contemporary dance school or the London Studio Centre, where you day would be spent dancing and improving your technique and performance skills. The University of Surrey also offer a degree in dance, similar to that at Roehampton. Roehampton is now an institute of the University Of Surrey.<P>With regards to foundation courses Richmond would very good a friend of mine from university studied there before going to Roehampton. <P>I went back to college to do A-level Performing arts and A/S Dance before going to university<P>


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Government funding for dance and drama provision is to receive an overhaul so drastic that some of the country's long-established institutions face an uncertain future.

This summer schools receiving government money will be forced to choose whether they want Further Education status in order to continue with the popular Dance and Drama Awards or Higher Education status in order to share the funds that go to universities.

Principals from some of the country's leading dance and drama schools who met with representatives from the Higher Education Funding Council for England to discuss the changes are said to have been left worried at the lack of clear guidance concerning the proposals.

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