This creative and challenging course specialises in British Contemporary Dance and American Jazz and combines the practical and theoretical study of dance. Through technique classes, choreography workshops, rehearsals and theory sessions, you will develop your passion for dance as both a choreographer and performer, in addition to developing your critical skills through dance theory.
Grade 4 or above in GCSE Dance or dance experience at private dance school. Four further GCSEs at grade 4 or above and audition.
The focus of the course is both contemporary and jazz dance. You will take part in regular technique classes to improve your strength, stamina and flexibility in both genres. You will also explore choreography by developing and structuring movement material in response to a variety of stimuli. You will also have opportunities to perform to the public over the two years.
Theoretically, you will study Rambert Dance Company (and related choreographers), Christopher Bruce’s iconic masterpiece 'Rooster' and Gene Kelly’s ‘Singin’ in the Rain’, in addition to Bob Fosse’s 'Sweet Charity' and Jerome Robbins’ 'West Side Story'.
3.5 hours of practical dance per week, 1.5 hours dance theory per week. Teacher-led technique classes; student-led choreography. Lectures, industry workshops, trips and youth dance competitions/platforms are offered.
In the second year you will be required to choreograph a group dance, perform as part of a quartet and perform a solo dance. This will be assessed by a visiting AQA examiner. In addition there is a written exam on a compulsory and optional set work. Assessment is 50% practical and 50% written exam.
Many of our dancers go on to further their training at specialist conservatoires for Dance such as Laines, Bird College, Trinity Laban or university. We have many ex-students performing on cruise ships, teaching in schools, performing on the West End and running independent dance schools.
We have a very close relationship with Manic Stage Productions, who offer workshops throughout the year, including aerial skills, dance school audition prep classes, rhythmic gymnastics and much more. You will also have the chance to be part of their agency.
My experience at the College was great, it’s very different to school, and I think it’s a good step to going to university. The support was amazing, I loved all of my teachers, they helped me through everything. The College is friendly and you will succeed.Heidi Adamson Brattland, A Level student
College has been the best two years of my education. All my teachers were great and amazing, and I think they were the most helpful they could have been.Megan Capaldi-Tallon, A Level student
The teaching and support was absolutely brilliant, they couldn’t have done anything more or anything better, if I had any questions my lecturers would always stay behind to help me if I needed it and their emails were always open, it was second to none. This college is the best by far.Amber Searle, BTEC student