Do you have a passion for dance and performance? Would you like to use the power of dance in educational and health settings or for the benefit of the wider community? Then this innovative course is for you.
- Take your first steps towards an exciting career in roles such as community dance artist, dance movement therapist or arts administrator
- Engage with academic staff who already work in the dance industry, bringing the latest trends and ideas into their teaching
- Put your skills into practice with opportunities for work placements in charity, arts, health, social care and educational settings
- Extend your repertoire thanks to our strong links with Deda, the only dedicated dance house in the region
- Showcase your choreography skills through public performances.
Develop your understanding of the body, dance and movement ' and gain the skills to work creatively with others to foster self-discovery, wellbeing and communication.
In-depth knowledge, broad experience
You'll deepen your knowledge and experience of dance and movement, building your abilities in choreography and improvisation as the basis of studio practice. At first you'll work individually and then in small groups, culminating in a public performance.
A key focus of this course is on the health and social aspects of dance and movement. You'll consider the impact of disability, gender and society, looking at how dance can bring people together to promote inclusion. You'll also explore different cultural perspectives of dance and movement, including the chance to apply eastern beliefs to your practice.
Through optional modules you can study the structure and function of the human body, discover how people develop creatively and undertake your own research into dance and movement.
Strong professional links
Our flourishing partnership with Deda, the only dedicated dance house in the East Midlands, will open doors for you. It gives you the chance to engage with Deda's exceptional programme of dance, contemporary circus and outdoor work. This could include opportunities to attend performances and technique classes and to take part in dance development projects which are helping Deda to strengthen its community profile and reach new audiences.
Depending on the optional modules you choose, you could undertake a placement or internship. Our students have enjoyed vital work experience with cultural organisations such as Deda, with charities and with hospital arts co-ordinators. Some return to their former schools to harness dance and movement in ways which promote young people's personal development.
Showcase your ideas and talent
We provide an inspiring environment in which you can practise your skills, including a light, airy dance studio with great dimensions, floor-to-ceiling mirrors and a bespoke sprung floor.
A highlight of the course is the opportunity for you to showcase those skills in a professional context, with a public performance. Our final-year students work with professional dance artists to develop original pieces of choreography to perform at Deda. There may be the chance for students in the first and second stages of the course to take part in these performances too.
Pursue your personal interests
By combining Dance and Movement Studies with another subject as part of a joint honours degree, you can build a distinctive degree to achieve personal goals. Popular subjects to combine with Dance and Movement Studies are Psychology, Education Studies and Sport Science.
Our Independent Scholarship module also enables you to pursue themes which reflect your own interests and career ambitions. Recent examples of studies undertaken include the use of dance in the treatment of depression; body image issues in adolescents; comparisons of dance and rock climbing; an exploration of dance and neuroscience with a particular focus on mirror neurons; and a detailed look at the development of musical theatre.
You can also complete a body of work as your Independent Scholarship option, which entails using your art form as a research tool. This often provokes interesting studies in choreography where your assessed work is a performance, supported by written work.
Expertise to inspire you
You'll be taught by an experienced, dedicated and enthusiastic team including active dance practitioners and specialists in eastern beliefs of movement.
This includes David Home who specialises in movement and mindfulness as well as eastern practices such as T'ai Chi and Shiatsu. David is a registered teacher with, and current chair of, the Shiatsu Society UK.
Teamwork that counts
There are opportunities at each stage of your course to learn with, and from, students from other disciplines. This is really important in preparing you to work in a multi-professional team after graduation. By learning to work together, you can help achieve the best outcomes for patients, clients and service users.