DanceVocational • Level 3
About the course
This advanced course is designed to develop and refine your dance performance and technical skills in a variety of styles including; Ballet; Contemporary; Jazz; Street; Tap and Acro.
This course will encourage you to become well-rounded dancers developing your technical, performance and choreographic skills across all dance styles. You will develop an understanding of each style and explore contrasting techniques and practitioners to find your own style as a dance artist. You will explore a variety of genres including Classical, Modern, Musical Theatre and Physical Theatre through collaborative performance projects. You will research the Performing Arts Industry in order to understand current trends and developments and how to promote yourself. You will perform in public performance projects inclusive of Dance and Musical Theatre Showcases performed in both years of study, a full scale Storytelling production in your first year and a large, full scale, Musical Theatre production in your final year. All projects are designed to replicate the demands of the industry with a robust academic underpinning essential for further study at higher education.
Our course supports the development of performance confidence and builds performance experience. Students are regularly invited to participate in extracurricular activities such as Musical Theatre, Dance and Acting Academy and you will have the opportunity to collaborate with local and national production & performance companies.
Type of LearningSchool Leaver
Location ByBurnley College
A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and preferably Mathematics OR a relevant Pre-Advance qualification (such as BTEC Level 2 Dance). We also ask that you have at least three years experience and training in at least two styles of Dance. If Mathematics is not achieved at grade 4 or above then students will be required to retake this subject.
Year 1 of your course will consist of two core modules. Module C Dance Skills Development which includes: C7 Exploring Performance Styles; C8 Creating Performance Material; C9 Performing as a dancer as part of an ensemble. The second core module is Module F The Performing Arts Industry which consists of unit F16 Planning a Career in the Industry Year 2 of your course will consist of two further core modules. Module G Personal Performing Arts Profile: Using Development Plans to Refine Skills; Producing a Personal Project; Using Material for Self-promotion and Networking. Module H Collaborative Performing Arts Project: Undertaking a Defined Creative or Administrative Role; Using Creative Collaboration to Develop a Project; Producing a Collaborative Project.
The content of your assessment will be outlined on an assignment brief; the design of these will be explained during induction. For every assessment there will be a clear deadline by which the work must be submitted to your assessor (course tutor). Your assessed work will be a mixture of both practical work aligned with an academic underpinning. Assessment work will take the form of practical and theoretical coursework. Evidence required may include the following: practical classes, workshops, rehearsals and performances, reflective milestone logs and extended pieces of writing underpinned by research. You may also be expected to produce presentations and google sites, edited video footage and voice recordings. This will be assessed internally by your tutor and verified by the awarding body.
Careers & Progression
Typically, students wishing to enter the dance industry will continue training at higher education on courses such as Dance Performance, Choreography, Musical Theatre, Dance Teaching and Dance Science. You will have the unique opportunity to internally progress directly onto an innovative and exciting Level 4 HNC in Performing Arts right here at the Burnley College campus, delivered by our industry standard teaching team. Students from previous years have successfully gained places at prestigious dance schools and conservatoires inclusive of: Shock Out, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, The Hammond, Trinity Laban and Creative Academy. Some students continue their training at Universities such as Edge Hill and Salford University. The extensive training in a variety of dance styles at Burnley College prepares you fully for the next steps in your professional training where you can specialise or continue to train across genres.
You will have access to industry standard performance and rehearsal spaces. The department also provides access to high-spec video cameras, changing facilities, ballet barres, acro equipment and PCs/laptops for theory lessons.
Extra curricular activities
You will have the opportunity to attend a wide variety of trips and visits. Trips include an overnight London Theatre visit with two West End shows and a professional workshop, visits to professional theatre productions across the North West, practical workshops with working industry professionals, involvement in community theatre projects and a three night stay in London to attend ‘Move It!’ one of the world’s biggest dance conventions. We offer additional training with our Dance Academy and Musical Theatre Academy facilitated by our tutors, providing further creative and performance opportunities. You will also benefit from a wide range of guest speakers to enrich the curriculum.