Post 16 Dance
UAL Extended Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)
The dance department is a hardworking and busy environment with staff who have a range of professional performing, choreographic and teaching expertise. The fully equipped studios are always bustling with students in classes, rehearsals and performances and, whether they are specialising in dance, or fulfilling aspects of their musical theatre or theatre courses.
There are high expectations placed upon all students to meet the challenge of the disciplined and professional environment we create. The department has formed strong links with the local and wider community where students regularly perform, gaining skills that will enhance their learning and instil the qualities required to succeed in the dance world.
The Post 16 Dance course is a two-year programme that involves the study of a range of dance techniques, performance skills, choreography and the theoretical aspects of the art form. Students will spend fifteen plus taught hours per week on their dance studies and combine this with work in singing, physical theatre and the business aspects of the performing arts industry.
All students who take this course will be working towards the UAL Extended Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance). Some students may be selected to study the AS/A Level Dance qualification. The following subjects make up the programme of study:
- Classical Ballet
- Contemporary Dance Technique
- Jazz Dance Technique
- Tap Dance
- Healthy Performer, Anatomy & Physiology
- Musical Theatre
- The Performing Arts Business
- The Skills of Rehearsing & Performing Small & Large-ScaleProductions
- Dance Appreciation
- Physical Theatre
- Dance Improvisation
- Historical Context of Performance
- Production Project: Year 13 students form a company to choreograph and produce a full scale performance
- Arts in the Community
If you are applying for this course you are expected to have previous dance experience and be dedicated to all areas of dance training.
After the Post 16 course students move into a variety of different pathways. The following are examples of what past Post 16 Dance students are doing now:
- Studying for a dance degree at either a university or a vocational dance school
- Training to be a musical theatre performer at vocational schools such as Bird College, Urdang London Studio Centre or LIPA, or to be a contemporary dancer and choreographer at places such as Trinity Laban, London Contemporary Dance School, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and LIPA.
- Performing and teaching after further training at universities including Middlesex, Roehampton and Chichester.
- Many students have performed in pop videos, as backing dancers for live concerts, on cruise ships and in touring musical and dance productions
- Working for holiday camps such as Butlins, Pontins or Haven Holidays
- Training and working in the fitness industry
- Freelance education work in UK and abroad
- Arts administration
- Dance development worker or community dance artist
Facilities & Activities
There are six fully equipped dance studios at The BRIT School. All have hi-fi facilities with ipod connectivity, TV and video players and mirrors. Some of these studios can also be used as small performance venues. All studios have DVD/projection and interactive laptop setup. Large-scale dance performances take place in the School’s theatre. Performances are a fully integrated part of the dance department’s work. Students will take part in performing themselves and they are expected to visit the theatre regularly to see the work of professional dance companies. In addition to the numerous performances students are involved in, there is ample opportunity to perform at outside venues and take part in workshops by professional visiting dance artists. The department and school links with many performing arts agencies which also provide further professional opportunities including work based learning.
Alongside all the work within the curriculum the dance department offers an additional programme of dance classes at the end of the school day. On weekday evenings and on Friday afternoons students may take additional lessons in jazz, tap, modern theatre dance and ballet. A full range of ISTD qualifications is offered within this programme and students from all strands may join these free classes.
Teaching within the local community is something many dance students get involved in throughout their time at the school. Many schools and youth groups are often looking for Post-16 dancers to take dance youth programmes and those who do this find it an invaluable and enjoyable experience. Others join dance companies, gaining further choreographic and performing experience.
How to Apply
Questions to be answered in section 7 of the application form:
a) What and who has inspired you to study dance?
b) Tell us about your dance training and experience to date.
c) How do you think this course will help you in your future career?
d) Describe the skills needed by a dancer to succeed in their career.