Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Dance & Professional Practice - BA (Hons) Degree

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Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2020 Duration: 3 Years

This highly practical course allows you develop your dance technique throughout a variety of genres in our outstanding facilities. There are options to pursue performance, choreographic and/or teaching interests as part of the course.

Key features

  • Streamed technique classes according to ability/prior training
  • Performance experience in our own theatre spaces and external venues
  • Collaboration with theatre, music, photography and design students
  • Links with outside organisations to offer additional training, teaching experience and choreographic opportunities
  • Professionally equipped theatre on campus
  • Professional dance and rehearsal studios

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Validated by University of Brighton until the end of 2019-20. Validation by University of the Arts London (UAL) from September 2020: Please note that BA (Hons) Dance & Professional Practice is ‘subject to validation’. ‘Validation’ is the process by which UAL and the College develops courses. It is developmental in nature and makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During validation there may be some changes to the course content displayed on this page. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

Course requirements

  • Audition and interview
  • Individual offer conditions will vary. Normally a relevant A Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • Industry experience may be taken into account

Your audition/interview
You will take part in a ballet class, a jazz class and we would like you to perform a 1.5 - 2 minute solo in a style of your choosing. This will be followed by an interview.

Cross-college entry guide

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This highly practical course allows you develop your dance technique throughout a variety of genres. You will take part in regular practical classes to build on your technical and performance skills, providing you individual feedback and progress reviews.

Performance is an integral part of your skills development and you will take part in a variety of performance workshops. You will be provided opportunities including studio, theatre and outside performances, where you will gain valuable and varied experience.

There is a strong focus on developing skills suitable for teaching or leading workshops; this will help improve communication skills, understanding of dance development, safety in dance and delivery of lessons. You will learn how to produce appropriate lesson plans, tailor lessons for specific levels or abilities and be given teaching opportunities to gain experience. 

During the course you will work independently and collaboratively to develop exciting, innovative work. The programme has a strong creative focus with choreography at the heart. Through discussion, reflection and critical thinking you will learn to consolidate your practical skills and artistry.

Collaboration is a fundamental part of the course and you will work with students from other pathways in order to develop material as part of our Northbrook Theatre team.  Our dance students work with theatre production students on all aspects of creating a work, giving them a rich experience of theatre which extends far beyond the dance studio. Not only is this collaboration valuable but also gives our students a very real network of fellow professionals to enter the industry with. 

The course is designed to provide you with multiple skill bases in which to enter the industry or progress to further study.

The course will include:

Dance Technique 

Classical ballet, tap dance, jazz, contemporary, including a variety of core strengthening and body conditioning classes. You will also take part in workshops exploring dance improvisation and creativity through movement.


You will study a wide range of choreographers during this course and be given the opportunity to create dance work in collaboration with other Theatre Arts students studying Musical Theatre, Music, Costume, Hair and Make-up and Theatre Production.

Dance Performance 

You will rehearse and perform a wide range of repertoire and devised work throughout this course, collaborating with students across other courses to create work that is not only industry specific but also simulates a professional working environment within the performing arts industry.

Recent performance opportunities include:

  • Brighton Fringe Festival 
  • MOVE IT dance exhibition in London
  • Theatre Royal, Windsor
  • Brighton Pride

Graduates can enter the industry to audition for agents/productions or create their own performance work.

Potential careers

  • Dance company member
  • Agency performer
  • Choreographer
  • Dance teacher
  • Dance therapist

Course-specific costs

You will need to purchase appropriate dancewear from a kit list. Details will be provided.

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