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FdA Professional Dance Performance

FdA Professional Dance Performance Programme Specification 2021-22

Information about our COVID plans for this programme/course for 2021/22 can be found here.


This two-year programme, leading to a further BA (Hons) Professional Performance (top-up) year, 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 MUSIC THEATRE. 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

Please click here for further information about the final year BA (Hons) Professional Performance (top-up).


This course enables graduates to:

  • Develop knowledge and critical understanding of the embodied practice of professional dance theatre performance
  • Explore and critically analyse subject knowledge including: historical and global contexts, professional expectations and transferable skills relating to professional dance theatre
  • Develop potential as creative artists working both independently and collaboratively to explore, reflect, problem solve and critically evaluate different approaches
  • Acquire effective communication skills and clearly articulate arguments in a variety of forms to specialist and non-specialist audiences


Applicants will be assessed through their formal application which includes a live or recorded audition for the specialist pathway of 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 6.0 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.


Students who have successfully completed the FdA have the potential to enrol for the BA (Hons) Professional Performance (Top-up). This one-year top-up programme provides an in-depth development of specialist skills in CLASSICAL BALLET, CONTEMPORARY DANCE, JAZZ DANCE or MUSICAL THEATRE. Intensive tuition by renowned industry professionals through workshops, masterclasses and R&D sessions enables students to develop their own independent professional practice as performers. Students have frequent opportunities to perform, from informal, in-house presentations of work to full evening performances at major London venues and elsewhere across the UK. A strong focus on employability equips students with the required knowledge and skills to take advantage of employment opportunities in the performing arts industry. Research in creative practice, contextual studies or dance science/psychology further enhances performance practice.


An intensive, individual personalised timetable is designed to fulfil the student's professional aspirations. More details will be announced soon.


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