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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 at the Moonshot Centre in New Cross

The BA (Hons) Diverse Dance Styles programme is IRIE! dance theatre’s flagship course - the first ever BA course in the UK 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:



The first year provides a solid foundation in African, Caribbean, Contemporary and Urban dance techniques, 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. Students will be introduced to a range of career pathways.


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 a Site-Specific Performance will be created in a London landmark. Former sites have included a museum, church, nightclub, market square and park.


The third year focusses on employment options through the performance company, connectingvibes*. The year will be divided into three pathways: performance, arts management and education.


Guest practitioners including choreographers, marketing and teaching experts will work with Year 3 students to promote professional practice, including an online portfolio and independent project. There will be networking opportunities, including the Re:generations conference with One Dance UK.


The course will ensure that graduates are fit for purpose and able to work professionally in a range of contexts including performance, education and community arts. 


  • Level 3 Qualifications

  • 2 A-levels

  • 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

  • Performance opportunities

  • Visiting artists

  • Industry links

  • Funding

  • Student Services, and

  • Accommodation

Ring us on 020 0691 8691 or email


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 ...


Application Guidelines 

Please complete the online application and submit. Once we have received your application we will send you details of an interview/audition. 
Personal Statement 
A personal statement is a chance to get noticed for the unique talents and experiences you have. It’s an important part of the application process as it’s an opportunity to talk about yourself and your passions. Remember to include why you are interested in the BA(Hons) Diverse Dance Styles and why you think you would be suitable. 

Please provide the contact details of a referee who will be contacted before your audition/interview.

Register your interest for the next audition on by emailing

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