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What makes Dance and Community Practice at Worcester special?

This unique and highly employable course was designed from the ground up in collaboration with professional dance companies, schools, community dance organisations and our own experts in dance.

We take an entirely new approach to dance training that will help you achieve a lifelong career in dance.

Most dancers nowadays have a portfolio career involving performing, teaching and project work, and this degree develops your skills in each of these areas.

Key features

  • A small, friendly course: we believe you can do your best when in a genuinely supportive environment
  • A highly relevant, practical degree focused on helping you achieve a lifelong career in dance
  • A personalised development programme covering elements of technique, fitness, nutrition and psychology
  • Opportunity to gain Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning - the industry standard qualification for community dance practitioners. This qualification allows you to legally teach in schools and colleges (optional / extra costs apply)
  • An optional semester in Australia

Clearing 2017 - call us on 01905 855111

We have places available on a range of courses starting this September.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112UCAS Tariff points including GCSEMathematics and English Languageat Grade C or above ADisclosure and Barring Service (DBS formerly known as CRB) may be required for some modules

Dance experience is essential for this course though contemporary training is not a requirement for this course. We do not require a formal qualification in dance though as a rough guide you should be around Level 5 (Intermediate) or equivalent in any style of dance or be doing a BTEC/A Level (or equivalent) in dance.

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1


  • Dance Technique
  • Dance Composition
  • Delivering Dance in the Community


  • Dance, Health and Wellbeing
  • Introduction to Motor Skill Learning and Acquisition
  • Scientific principles of Movement in Teaching

Year 2


  • Advanced Dance Composition
  • Somatic Dance Techniques
  • Facilitating Dance within the Community
  • The Research Process


  • Learning and Teaching in Dance
  • Analysing Performance in Dance
  • Inclusive Dance Practice

Year 3


  • Integrating Dance Practices
  • The Working Professional
  • Independent Study
  • Work Based Learning


  • Dance for the Camera
  • Dance and Technology
  • Application of Learning Theory in Dance

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

We want to work with you along the journey to finding your ideal career within dance. We will provide our support, our understanding and our experience to help you in every way we can. In return we want active, engaged students who want to experiment, challenge and who will never settle for ordinary. You will perform, collaborate, teach, research, lead, and discover and develop skills you had never realized that you had.


As a dancer you need to have superb technical skills and this degree builds and develops your existing skills and well as training you in new techniques. We take a very scientific approach to training using the very latest ideas in dance science, as well as exciting new technologies, to develop excellence in performance. You will develop a personalised training program including elements of technique, strength and conditioning, nutrition and psychology.

You will have a minimum three technique classes every week with the option by third year of attending up to eight technique classes a week. We spend that time training you in strong contemporary technique so by the end of your third year you're ready to go out into professional practice.

However, we don't just train you in contemporary technique. You may have come to us with strong skills in your own style - be it jazz, ballet, street or something else. We don't want you to just forget these skills - we will guide you into developing and improving them, to work to your own strengths.

We will also work with you to develop your strength, flexibility and general fitness in dedicated conditioning classes.

Dance Making

Dance companies are now expecting their dancers to be creative, independent practitioners fully engaged in the dance making process. Throughout this degree you will develop your creative abilities and look at how to create work in a range of different settings from the stage to site specific works. You値l go to the theatre, see performances, take workshops and immerse yourself in dance. And you値l get to create your own dance pieces which will be performed in front of real audiences.


Most dancers teach at some point or another in their careers. Often it is the one part of your career that pays for the others. Teaching is also an essential part of the dancer痴 repertoire, even if it is only through teaching phrases to your fellow company members. But here's the thing - dancers are very rarely taught how to teach.

We will train you in dance pedagogy - the art of teaching dance. You will work with other performers, mentor dancers, teach in schools and community settings.

We are a registered course centre for the Diploma in Dance Teaching and Leading, the industry standard qualification for community dance artists. This diploma is mapped to our existing modules meaning it requires minimal extra work. If you chose to take this qualification (at an additional cost) then you can gain QTLS status, legally allowing you to teach in secondary and primary schools as well as FE colleges.

Community Practice

Working on different projects is one of the great joys of being a dance artist. The variety and challenges are unmatched. One day you might be working on project in a stately home and the next working in a field! In this strand you'll learn all the skills you need to make this an essential part of your dance career. Skills like defining projects, applying for funding, making dance happen and working with a diverse range of people.

And these aren't just student projects - you'll be working on live dance projects throughout your three years. Through these projects you will discover how to work with different community groups, from primary, secondary and private dance schools, to working with older adults or those with health issues.

It's really hard to get your first community project job so it's great to be able to start your career with several successful projects already under your belt.


We all love to perform and you値l get the chance to work on new pieces to show in a variety of venues. You値l have the chance to take part in a performance at the end of each year as well as opportunities throughout the year and over the summer.

We have dedicated weeks each semester in which you can experience being part of a dance company. You take company class, work on new pieces, rehearse and perform. We also aim to tour at least one of your works throughout your time with us so you can get to experience what it痴 like being on the road.


We believe in assessing you in the most appropriate way possible. For dance making modules we ask you to make a dance. For technique we might ask you to show a class. We hope you値l see the relevance of all the assessments we give you and can understand how they help develop your skills and your employability


Where could it take you?


University of Worcester graduates are among the most employable in the UK - 19 out of 20 of our students are in work or further study within six months of graduation. The combination of teaching methods and opportunities for skill development can really help you to develop the qualities that today's graduate employers seek.

Completion of this course could lead to employment in many exciting areas including; ·

  • Freelance performers and choreographers
  • Community Dance Artist
  • Dance Psychotherapist
  • Primary, Secondary and Further Education Dance Teacher
  • Education and Dance Practitioners with Professional Dance Companies
  • Dance Development Officers

Meet the team

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

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    Paul Golz

    Paul is the course lead for both the Dance and Community Practice and the PE and Dance degrees. Although originally trained as a Graham dancer it is in release practice that he found his passion, particularly within contact improvisation. An established choreographer he has had works performed in theatres and other spaces around the country, as well as shown on television and streamed live.

    Paul has worked extensively within community dance, in projects with young people, SEN and disability, adults and dementia. His research interests are around the use of technology within dance, particularly augmented reality and he regularly publishes and demonstrates his work at academic conferences.

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    Camilla Neale

    Camilla is a performer, choreographer and dance teacher. She has performed professionally for many midlands based companies and now runs and performs with her own entertainment company. Alongside performing, Camilla has taught dance and gymnastics in primary, secondary and further education.

    Camilla has her own private dance school and is an associate member of the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA). She is also a qualified coach in Rhythmic, Primary and Secondary gymnastics and regularly works with a range of children within this area.


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

As part of this course we will arrange for you to attend professional dance productions. There is a cost associated with theseperformances and otheroptional field trips. There may also be costs associated with costumes, dance wear andhoodiesfor any performances you may be involved in.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Dance and Community Practice BA (Hons) - W378



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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111

Course leader

Paul Golz
01905 855025