BA (Hons) Theatre Dance

BA (Hons) Theatre Dance

  • Duration 3 years
  • Start date September 2022
  • Apply by February 2022
  • Funding Available

Overview

This 18+ programme provides a broad base of professional training in ballet, contemporary dance, jazz dance and musical theatre, with in-depth development of specialist skills, educating quality performers who graduate into all areas of the performing arts.

Performance opportunities are built into the curriculum throughout all three years, ranging from informal, in-house presentations of work to full evening performances at major London venues and elsewhere across the UK.

Technical training and performance are combined with creative practice and choreography, as well as intellectually-challenging theory and research. Students are enabled to think critically about dance, enhancing their understanding of the industry and their development as performers and practitioners. Studies include anatomy, and the ever-changing history and culture of dance – from ballet to Beyoncé.

LSC’s programme enables students to take increased ownership of their own training path, whilst producing dance artists who have the versatility to work in a wide range of fields. Graduates may be found performing in international dance companies, West End and Broadway shows, on film and television; also, they achieve successful and sustainable careers in choreography, directing, arts management and education.

This course’s full name is BA (Hons) Theatre Dance (classical ballet/contemporary dance/jazz dance/music theatre).

Validated by Middlesex University

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Structure

First Year
BA (Hons) Theatre Dance: YEAR 1
LEVEL 4M401
Foundation Studies in Dance Practice

Daily/weekly classes in:
Ballet
Contemporary Dance
Jazz Dance
Partnering: Normally Classical Pas de Deux and Social Dance
Dance Science
M402
Focused Performance Practice

Ballet
Specialist Techniques:
Pointe Work,
Male Virtuosity,
Character/Narrative Repertoire
Specialist Repertoire:
Classical Ballet Repertoire (corps de ballet/ solos)
Contemporary
Specialist Techniques:
Contact Improvisation
Cunningham-based Technique
Specialist Repertoire:
Contemporary Dance Repertoire
Jazz
Specialist Techniques:
Jazz Dance Technique,
Tap Dance,
Hip-Hop and associated styles,
Singing Techniques
Specialist Repertoire:
Jazz Dance Repertoire
Music Theatre
Specialist Techniques:
Acting,
Singing Technique,
Singing Repertoire
Specialist Repertoire:
Music Theatre Repertoire
M403
Skills for Versatility

Students select 1 subject per term
Acting for Dancers
Singing Technique
Singing Repertoire
Theatre Jazz
Pointe Work
Cunningham-Based Technique
Hip-Hop and associated styles
Tap Dance (Beg/Int/Adv)
M404
Creative and Critical Approaches to Dance

Choreography
Dance History and Culture
Dance Criticism
Study Skills
Second Year
BA (Hons) Theatre Dance: YEAR 2
LEVEL 5 M501
Professional Dance Practice
Core training in dance

Daily/weekly classes in:
Ballet
Contemporary Dance
Jazz Dance
M502
Specialist Performance Practice

Classical Ballet
Specialist Techniques:
Pointe Work
Male Virtuosity
Partnering
Classical Solos,
Supporting techniques
Specialist Repertoire:
Classical Ballet Repertoire (corps de ballet/ solos)
Contemporary Dance
Specialist Techniques:
Cunningham-based Technique,
Contact Improvisation
Release Techniques,
Supporting techniques
Specialist Repertoire:
Contemporary Dance Repertoire
Jazz Dance
Specialist Techniques:
Jazz Dance Technique
Hip-Hop and associated styles
Theatre Dance including singing,
Supporting techniques
Specialist Repertoire:
Jazz Dance Repertoire
Music Theatre
Specialist Techniques:
Acting,
Singing,
Dance for Music Theatre,
Supporting techniques
Specialist Repertoire:
Music Theatre Repertoire
M503
Personal and Professional Development

Students select 2 subjects per term
Acting for Dancers
Singing Technique
Singing Repertoire
Music Theatre Jazz Dance
Lyrical Jazz
Tap Dance
Choreography
Pointe Work
Classical Virtuosity
Cunningham-Based Technique
Contact Improvisation
Hip-Hop and associated styles
Pilates-Based body conditioning
M504
Crossing Borders and Collaborative Approaches to Dance

Dance Criticism
Dance/Music Theatre History and Culture
Performance Theory
Collaborative Creative Project including Choreography, Dance on Screen or Stage
Third Year
BA (Hons) Theatre Dance: YEAR 3
LEVEL 6ModuleClassical Ballet PathwayContemporary Dance PathwayJazz Dance PathwayMusic Theatre Pathway
M601
The Professional Practitioner
Technique based module, including:
Classical Ballet
Partnering
Pointe Work
Male Virtuosity &
Contemporary Dance Repertoire
Technique based module, including:
Ballet
Graham-based Technique
Cunningham-based Technique
Release Technique &
Contact Technique
Technique based module, including:
Ballet
Jazz Dance Technique
Singing
Tap Dance &
Hip-Hop and associated styles
Technique based module, including:
Ballet
Dance for Music Theatre
Singing
Harmonies &
Acting
M602
Creation, Performance and Production

Images Ballet Company


INTOTO Dance


Jazz Dance Company


Seedtime

M603
Employability in Practice

Development of students individual professional goals with Careers Guidance sessons such as:
Audition Practice,
Research and Development Techniques,
Promotion,
Self-management and Professional Representation,
Entrepreneurial Skills and Project Development
Dance Facilitation &
Community Dance Practice,
Project Leadership,
Funding and Management,
Continuous Professional Development and lifelong learning,
Financial Management.
M604
Research and Critical Practice

Research Methods for Dance Criticism
Written or Practice-based Dissertation

Pathways

Throughout the three-year programme, students have the opportunity to specialise in one of classical ballet, contemporary dance, jazz dance or musical theatre. At application students are asked to indicate their preference of pathway, the audition panel will work with the student to identify the best pathway for them. Once on their preferred pathway, students will focus on their specialism in their performance practice modules throughout their first and second years, increasing the hours of focus on this area as they progress through the programme. In the third year of the programme, student will perform within one of LSC’s four acclaimed touring companies. (NB: This is circumstance to Government guidelines regarding Coronavirus)
Classical Ballet

This year provides the intensive training and performance experience that is required by advanced classical ballet students who wish to pursue a professional career. The current programme builds on the original course which was developed by Margaret Barbieri in consultation with Dame Alicia Markova. It aims to prepare students to meet the demands of performing in a range of work on the ballet stage today, fostering a critical awareness of the choreographic movements in classical ballet, deep understanding of the form and nurturing each dancer in their unique gifts/talents as an artist.

The work in Images Ballet Company emerges from current approaches to classical ballet, while valuing its heritage. In addition to daily ballet classes, specialist courses in repertoire, virtuosity, pas de deux and pointe work are included in the curriculum. These are complemented by other disciplines considered essential for a career as a professional ballet dancer, including contemporary dance and a programme of Individual Physical Development sessions which provide students with physical grounding in strength and conditioning in support of growing their individual artistic practice. Master classes and weekly workshops with leading figures in dance are organised to enable further creative exploration, artistic development and professional networking. Career management and audition techniques are also studied during this final year of training, ensuring that the students receive a comprehensive education that prepares them for professional career.

Classical Ballet
Contemporary Dance

The contemporary dance professional year and time in our contemporary performing company INTOTO Dance concentrates on creative, individual interpretation in performance and the enhancement of students’ technique and command of the stage. It aims to foster an intelligent dance artist – one who has the technical skills, creative artistry and physical and emotional maturity to work successfully in a professional environment.

In addition to a daily ballet class uniquely created for the contemporary dancer, third year students on the contemporary dance professional option study Graham and Cunningham-based technique, contact improvisation, release technique and choreography, as well as taking classes that encompass current commercial dance styles. Students can also take advantage of voice technique training and singing for dancers.

Alongside technical training, research and development, workshops and masterclasses with artistic directors and leading practitioners across the field of contemporary dance, dance theatre, and other diverse dance styles are a regular part of the course. These sessions provide students with an opportunity to explore and develop their creative practice whilst providing an opportunity for engagement with the professional field as they move towards graduation and begin careers as independent creative artists.

Recent workshops and visiting practitioners include Alleyne Dance, Luke Brown Company, Liam Francis and Laura Weston. Professional development opportunities for third year students also aim to foster entrepreneurial and networking skills, invaluable for a portfolio career path after graduation.

Contemporary Dance
Jazz Dance

In this final year, a challenging and exciting opportunity is provided for the serious jazz dancer to train, rehearse, perform and tour as part of our dedicated performing company Jazz Co. This environment develops the resilience, physical skills and stamina required by today’s emerging professional performer, as students are exposed to the latest trends and ever-increasing technical demands of today’s workplace. Care is taken to ensure training is balanced and provided to the highest standards and that the particular gifts and interests of each student are valued and nurtured in the context of professional standards and goals. The year’s syllabus builds towards a final term largely committed to performances in public.

Emphasis is placed on the concept of isolation technique as a feature common to all the different and personal characteristics of jazz dance. The vocabulary of the different jazz styles – ballet, tap, contemporary dance, singing and drama – are combined to create the comprehensive yet balanced training required to equip students for a successful career in commercial dance. Essential skills such as focus, projection, interpretation and style, linked to the ability to absorb and memorise choreography are also developed.

Training also includes work on the styles and personalities of past jazz dance icons and is further enhanced by regular workshops and masterclasses given by leading choreographers and dancers from companies, television and West End productions. This, coupled with visits to performances, provides students with valuable experience and the vital opportunity of working with potential employers.

Encouraging and emphasising the individuality of a dancer is a vital element of the graduate year. Throughout your time at LSC, we will guide you through the keys to success within the industry that stretch beyond the stage. Namely, we’ll advise you on careers, agents, Equity, CVs, photographs, portfolios of audition material and identification of possible job opportunities.

Jazz Dance
Musical Theatre

This professional option embraces all of the theatrical disciplines that contribute to the production of musical theatre. It is designed specifically for students aiming at a professional career in this aspect of theatre, which demands a high level of practical expertise in a wide variety of skills; these skills will be put into practice during your time in Seedtime Musical Theatre Company, our acclaimed third-year company.

The curriculum is comprised of intensive courses in acting, improvisation, singing, voice, speech and musical theatre repertoire. These are supplemented by the dance techniques that are required by musical theatre students, such as ballet, jazz and tap. Students have contact, throughout their time at London Studio Centre, with potential employers through studio-based workshops and masterclasses.

Specialist singing courses build on the students’ knowledge of the musical repertoire for popular theatre, including composers such as Ivor Novello, Noel Coward, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Jerry Herman, Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The classwork ensures that the students have their own natural skills developed and that they have the technical foundations to sustain a professional career. Regular private coaching means that students are fully prepared for public performances and auditions.

Drama studies naturalise acting technique, so that it becomes undetectable in performance. The course aims to promote the technical skills, intellectual grasp and the physical and artistic maturity that are required to work successfully in the professional theatre. Voice and speech coaching also play an important part in the final year, reinforcing the work covered in the first two years. This ensures that each student has a flexible, well-modulated voice and is able, therefore, to tackle a wide variety of roles and possesses the strength and skill to project in large auditoria.

These different disciplines are united in the rehearsal and performance of the musical theatre repertoire, which commences in the 1920s and proceeds via Rodgers and Hammerstein to the most recent rock musicals. This work promotes an awareness of both the content and style of these different forms of music theatre.

Classical ballet continues to provide a basis for sound dance technique, emphasising the secure performance of the basic vocabulary. Isolation jazz technique adds interest, style and flair to the performance and staging of songs and dances from music theatre, with its emphasis on co-ordination, fluency and presentational skills. Dance and tap for musical theatre are essential skills for students seeking employment in the commercial world.

Musical Theatre

Staff

Larissa Bamber

Artistic Director and Principal Ballet Teacher, Images Ballet Company

Sue Booker

Head of Department, Contemporary Dance and Artistic Director, INTOTO Dance

Robbie O’Reilly

Artistic Director, Jazz Co.

Matthew Shaw

Artistic Director, Seedtime

Entry requirements

Applicants will be expected to audition for entry onto the programme in one of the following pathways: Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Jazz Dance or Musical Theatre

Applicants are normally expected to have:

  • Previous dance experience and an ability to showcase their skills within an audition
  • A minimum of two A-level passes*, plus three different GCSE passes of grade 4 or higher (Grade C if awarded prior to 2017) including GCSE English (or equivalent qualifications), and an accumulated minimum of 96 UCAS points
  • A-level Dance (desirable)
  • The level of health and fitness necessary to study intensively as confirmed at a physical examination by a specialist physiotherapist

Applicants who have non-standard qualifications (or who wish work or life experience to be taken into account as part of their application) will be considered on an individual basis, in line with the general aims and principles of UCA’s Admissions Policy and within the terms of the Accreditation of Prior Learning policy (APEL).

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent. If you require a visa to study in the UK, you will also need a minimum score of 5.5 in each individual component.

We are unable to accept applications for deferred entry or defer offers for this course as applicants must retain a high level of fitness prior to enrolment.

*A-Level Equivalents: Normally, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Access to HE Diploma, International Baccalaureate, Scottish Highers and Advanced Scottish Highers, Irish Leaving Certificate, Norwegian Vitnemål, German Abitur, Apolytirion. UCAS points from Graded Dance, Speech and Drama Exams will not normally form part of a formal offer.

Annual Fees

Tuition fees per annum (Academic Year 2021/22): £15,225

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Students should be aware that tuition fees are subject to an annual inflationary increase.