Studio-based teaching includes contemporary dance technique, improvisation, performance, choreography and in-depth investigation into your practice. Classroom-based teaching includes lectures, workshops and small group discussions in which you engage with critical perspectives to locate your own practice in relation to current theory, research and professional developments. You then develop your ideas through independent reading, viewing (of live and recorded dance works) and studio practice. You will be helped to develop your ability to think and write analytically, critically and reflectively.
There are five key strands to the programme:
Dance Practice and Performance
You will take regular dance classes with performance opportunities throughout the three years. In year one you will also study ensemble work, improvisation and safe practice; in year two, duet work and contact improvisation and in year three, advanced performance skills as a soloist or in a small ensemble.
You will be helped to develop the skills, judgement and confidence necessary to create and present live, recorded and interactive performance work. In your first year you will develop choreographic skills through staff directed work as well as create your own performances. In year two, you will learn camera and editing techniques to make dance for screen and in your final year you may work in collaboration with a composer and a small performance company. Reading and viewing are used to initiate discussion about the creative process and product. The University Dance Festival showcases a variety of innovative and exciting work from across the three years.
In years one and two you will learn how to improve your performance as a dancer at a fundamental level by looking at anatomy and physiology. In year three you take a philosophical approach to thinking about the dancer as a whole person.
In years one and two you learn how to engage with contemporary dance and you will see a range of performance, both live and on video. In your final year you may study dance as history and consider early modern dance. You learn how contemporary dance has its own histories and how its diverse current practices open up a world of possibilities.
From year one you may begin to consider the current British dance profession. In year two you may look at role of the dance promoter or dance artists in education and the community. In year three you can gain valuable, ‘real life,’ practical experience in teaching, leading, organising and promoting dance. Throughout the course you develop the skills to undertake your own independent research. In years two and three you may choose to devise your own project with support from staff through a negotiated study. In year three this could involve work experience through a placement or project with a professional organisation.