FdA Professional Dance Performance

FdA Professional Dance Performance

  • Duration 2 years
  • Start date September 2022
  • Apply by February 2022
  • Funding Available


This 16+ course provides a thorough grounding in key dance techniques with in-depth development of specialist skills leading to specialisation in classical ballet, contemporary dance, jazz dance or musical theatre.

This course leads on to the BA (Hons) Professional Performance (top up).

Students can tailor parts of their timetable to explore different styles and become versatile performers. Knowledge of dance science, choreographic and contextual studies are integrated to enhance professional performance practice. Students have frequent opportunities to perform, from informal, in-house presentations of work to full-length performances at major London venues.

Validated by the University for the Creative Arts

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This course, which leads on to the BA (Hons) Professional Performance (top up), is comprised of two years of intensive study. More information on this programme can be found in the programme specification.


If you take up the option to continue this course on beyond the initial FdA into an additional BA top-up year then you will be able to further specialise and will be able to gain invaluable experience in one of our four renowned performing companies.

More information on this can be found on our BA (Hons) Professional Performance (top up) page.


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:

  • A minimum of grade 4 in English Language (Grade C if awarded prior to 2017), or the equivalent qualification, plus four other GCSEs
  • Current dance skills, practical knowledge, understanding of technique and style and the capacity for critical reflection on performance at Level 3 (for example A-Level Dance or graded subject specific examinations) demonstrated at audition and interview in addition to formal qualifications or where no formal qualifications may be provided as evidence
  • The aptitude for professionally orientated practical study of performance techniques at levels 4 and 5 and potential to benefit from dance training as judged through audition
  • 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 the 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 6.5 or equivalent. If you require a visa to study in the UK, you will also need a minimum score of 6.0 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.

Annual Fees

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

For more information on course fees, please click here.