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  • Objectives
    Dance at De Montfort University recently received national recognition as a Centre for Excellence in the teaching and learning of Performance Arts. This award enables further development of excellent practice and has funded an impressive new building (PACE) housing an outstanding range of studios and rehearsal spaces. In 2008, Dance launches a new postgraduate course in Dance and Professional Practice. The course is orientated towards understanding and responding to key professional issues and realities in both classroom and studio based contexts, preparing students for employment in a range of professional arenas. The course is delivered by an energetic research-active team with international profiles in dance theory, performance and pedagogy.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants should normally possess a 2:1 Honours Degree or higher. This need not necessarily be in dance but a good knowledge of recent dance is preferred. We also consider applicants with professional dance related experience and welcome applications from a wide sector. All non standard applications will be carefully considered.
  • Academic Title
    MA Dance and Professional Practice
  • Course description

    Professional dance practitioners need current knowledge and skills to allow them to work effectively in a range of contexts. This MA aims to develop such skills by broadening students’ current understanding and experience. This course offers firm theoretical approaches complemented by practical studio-based work. Students will engage in a range of key issues that are examined both pedagogically and creatively. Themes include perspectives on current practices including embodiment and identities; conceptions of practice; and developments in choreographic processes and performance. The focus is on expanding students’ ability to identify, articulate and contribute to current debates and practices.

    You will study a total of six core modules offering a combination of taught and project based work. Modules include Perspectives on Current Practice; Advanced Movement Studies; Choreographic Strategies, and Dissertation. The Dissertation may include practical research. There is opportunity for students to meet with students from other creative disciplines through the Research Methods module.

    Students will be taught in the newly opened state of the art studios and performance spaces in the PACE building. The building has exciting, alternative and flexible teaching spaces.


    We use a range of modes of teaching and assessment in this course. Teaching is delivered through lectures, practical studio-based sessions, presentations, small group discussions and one to one tutorials. Students will also engage in independent study undertaking practical exploration, preparation and rehearsal; in research by viewing, reading and writing, and in reflection and analysis of their own work and that of others. Assessment includes essays, lecture-demonstrations, group and individual presentations and practice-based work.

    Dance at De Montfort University has an extensive stock of specialist books, videos and electronic resources and facilities.

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