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 an 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 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.
I’m very, very happy, I didn’t expect to do so well. The College has been helpful and supportive. I loved my courses, and the teachers were really good – every single one of them. The facilities are great, but it’s the staff that really make this place.Matthew Randell, A Level student
I would say it’s a college that really balances academia with fun, there is lots of extra-curricular stuff that you can get involved in. It has a really good work/life balance.Laura Hagedorn, A Level student
My experience at the college was enjoyable and productive, with thoroughly helpful people surrounding you, an excellent experience. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was, with the work shop time and experience I had, it was a great two years preparing me for the next stage.Edward Smith, BTEC student