The BA (Hons) Diverse Dance Styles programme is IRIE! dance theatre’s flagship course - the first ever BA course that places equal emphasis on African, Caribbean, Contemporary and Urban dance techniques.
The course Is specially designed to give students the chance to join a creative community that includes:
A performance company - The industry link with a dance company adds an exciting dimension to the course, through work placements and the development of career pathways.
Independent artists honing their professional practice – You’ll be introduced to a large number of practitioners who will guide you and give you the confidence to network and present yourself to your audience.
A community engagement programme - Based at the Moonshot Centre (the home of IRIE dance theatre), the course brings a unique perspective that’s rooted in the local community.
The course is delivered by IRIE! dance theatre and validated by the University of Roehampton.
YEAR 1: LEVEL 4
The first year provides a solid foundation in African, Caribbean, Contemporary and Urban dance technique, underpinned by information on health, fitness and injury prevention.
Theory will cover the historical and cultural context of each form, through lectures, seminars and research. Choreographic modules will encourage the development of individual movement language supported by the study of recorded and live performance work. The year will introduce a range of career pathways.
YEAR 2: LEVEL 5
The second year builds on the foundation of Year 1 while extending technical training through the introduction of a repertory module, looking at key works in the repertoire of current companies.
Creative and leadership skills are developed through a group choreographic project, encouraging independent and collaborative work in preparation for future employment. You’ll have the chance to make links with professional practice as working methods and key works are explored.
During Year 2 you will create a a Site-Specific Performance Event, selected from an iconic London landmark (former sites have included a museum, church, nightclub, market square and park). This will give you an understanding of how work can be presented in a variety of settings and contexts.
YEAR 3: LEVEL 6
The third year will focus on employment options through the performance company, connectingvibes*. The year will be divided into three pathways:
Guest practitioners including choreographers, marketing and teaching experts will work with Year 3 students to promote professional practice. You will be encouraged to participate in networking events, in particular the Re:Generations conference with One Dance UK, to develop international contacts.
During the year you will develop an online portfolio alongside an independent project to help you develop your career pathway. The course will ensure that you are equipped to work professionally in a range of contexts, including performance education and community arts.
Whether you want to audition for work, establish your own business or work for a larger arts management organisation, this course is designed to help you determine where you want your future career to be.
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Level 3 Qualifications
BTEC or UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma
Access to Higher Education Course
If your Level 3 qualifications are not in dance you will be expected to have dance experience through a dance studio, CAT scheme, youth group or related avenue. Alternative qualifications/experience may be considered.
Do feel free to contact us if you'd like to find out more information about the course including information regarding:
The amazing opportunities the course will offer you
The timetable, including options and pathways
Student Services, and
Ring us on 020 0691 8691 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I had never studied African and Caribbean dance before and, despite finding the forms very challenging, the course taught me how to be more confident and committed ...
Applicants must apply through UCAS via the University of Roehampton.
Institution Code: R48
Course Code: W540
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