In Year 1 (level 4) you will take the following core modules:
Dance in Society 1 (20 credits)
Here you study the roots of dance, European influences, early pioneers of modern dance and key innovators of early modern dance.
Technique and Style 1 (20 credits)
In Year 1, you engage in dance classes in contemporary, ballet and undertake a cultural study e.g. African dance.
In Year 1 (level 4) you can take one of the following option modules:
Choreography (mainstream making)
In your first year, you study mainstream choreography and ways of creating dance and create a solo piece of choreography.
This module focuses on interdisciplinary working and the devising processes. The investigation and development of ideas through exploration tasks is central to the work you will produce. You will study mainstream/traditional devising devices and compositional structures and be introduced to aspects of production and design. In interdisciplinary groups (which may include students from music, performing arts, dance and drama) you will create a devised performance piece from a given stimuli.
Year 2 modules
In Year 2 (level 5) you will take the following core modules:
Technique and Style 2 (20 credits)
You study Limon-based and Cunningham-based contemporary styles, modern ballet and South Asian styles.
Choreography 2 (20 credits)
You explore different ways of presenting work such as site-specific, dance for the camera/dance film, use of digital image and theatre style work. You create a group piece of choreography.
In Year 2 (level 5) you can take one of the following option modules:
In teaching block 1
Dance in Society 2
You study the development of new/independent dance and post-modernism.
OR Interdisciplinary module:
Arts and Politics
You examine the incorporation of political agendas into theatre, music, and dance. Art’s ability to act as a catalyst for political change, and the use and abuse of arts by political movements have always been an urgent talking point of artistic and academic debates. You will engage with a variety of key artistic practices and political concepts that have underpinned interactions between arts and politics. Topics may include (but are not limited to): the use of arts by courts, Church, and political regimes, key artists shaping and responding to national romanticism, national anthems, arts as a vehicle of revolution, and arts that offended moral standards.
Year 3 modules
In Year 3 (level 6) you will take the following core modules:
Dance in Society 3 (20 credits)
The focus is on innovation and development within choreography and professional works. The social and political landscape is explored in-depth.
Repertoire (20 credits)
You become a company and work on an intensive repertoire and choreography project and performance with a choreographer in residence. As part of this module you study a choice of dance techniques.
In Year 3 (level 6) you can take one of the following option modules:
In teaching block 1
Dance Pedagogy 3
You can apply skills, knowledge and understanding of dance to the workplace through a context -based project and practicalities of project development, management and completion.
OR Interdisciplinary module:
Community Arts Project
You will work as interdisciplinary teams and create a community based arts project, sharing and applying skills, knowledge and understanding of arts to the context and the practicalities of project development, management and delivering a project. You will develop the idea and produce the performance project with a community-based audience in mind. As an interdisciplinary group, you will agree the outcomes of the project, be clear about role and responsibilities, undertake appropriate risk assessments with support from your University-based tutor and draw on your understanding of ethical considerations, child protection, consent and safe practice. You will also undertake relevant reading and research to support the project.
In teaching block 2
You continue to examine different ways of presenting work such as site-specific, dance for the camera/dance film, use of digital image and theatre style work and are encouraged to take greater risks and work with increasing greater independence. You choose whether you create a solo, group or larger ensemble piece choreography and the way to present your work.
Interdisciplinary module: Multimedia Performance
This module is designed to explore the rapidly emerging and diversifying field of multimedia performance and interactive performance installation. Multimedia performance embraces a new technology as means of extending both the self and place. These techniques reflect developments in the use of technologies within our social environments and it is important that creatives attempt to analyse their use within performance practice. The module will introduce you to a range of current practitioners, and you will explore a range of multimedia performances and interactive performance installations and create your own.
The Dance Combined course is studied over three years full-time. Study is generally undertaken at 3 levels (1 for each year of study).