The University of Chester achieved the perfect score of 100% overall student satisfaction in the subject area of Dance in the 2017 National Student Survey (NSS 2017). This places Dance at the University of Chester as a top dance course in the UK. As a student studying Dance at the University of Chester, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to put theory into practice as you showcase your skills and learn from real industry experts. To give you an idea of what you can expect as a student here, take a look at our blog.
Why Study Dance?
Dance is a vibrant and connected art form. Dance practitioners are renowned for working across many fields and domains, from the arts in performance and production to health and wellbeing, education, sport and recreation, media and technology, creativity and innovation, and arts and science research. This expertise places dance practitioners at the centre of what our exciting 21st-century arts culture has to offer. Social engagement underpins the artistic practices we provide for our students at Chester.
Study Dance at Kingsway Campus
The Department of Performing Arts is based at the Kingsway Campus in Chester.
Kingsway Campus is home to the Department of Performing Arts within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. We offer rehearsal and performance studios, technology studios and various workshop spaces to students. Located only a 20-minute walk from the Parkgate Road Campus, this modern and creative campus offers a truly immersive learning experience; learning from not only staff, but also fellow students as performers, designers and artists.
Students benefit from our longstanding partnership with Cheshire Dance, the leading dance agency in the UK for participatory practice and artist development, as well as our visiting lecturers and guest dance artists, practitioners, companies and academics. Our artist residencies include the work of our dance artist in residence, Bettina Carpi, as well as guest performances and workshops, masterclasses, work-related placements, and visits to professional performances, organisations and community agencies. From day one of their studies onwards, students experience what it is to be a thinking, skilled and versatile dance practitioner.
Supportive, Research-active Staff
Students are taught by highly skilled, enthusiastic and supportive staff who bring a range of professional experience and practices to the course. The course includes: dance techniques and performance, choreography and creative practices, dance improvisation, teaching skills, screen dance, performance technologies, urban and street dance and musical theatre, to name a few. Taught sessions take the form of practical studio classes, lectures, seminars, tutorials and small group teaching, where appropriate.
Students in the Department have the chance to develop the professional skills required to thrive in today’s multi-faceted cultural, educational and technological world. Modes of assessment include: performances, presentations, lecture demonstrations, workshops, oral examinations, visual and written documentation, essays, reflective papers, and portfolios in a variety of forms.
Furthermore, all students at the University of Chester have a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT), who provides additional pastoral support to a student throughout their full degree. In Dance, your PAT would be one of the lecturers from the course and/or the Department, giving you another opportunity to get to know a dance practitioner, artist and academic.
Research in the Department of Performing Arts includes composition, choreography and creative practice, intercultural performance, choreo-curatorial practice, collaborative practice, pedagogy, dramaturgy in theatre and dance, experimental theatre, culture and identity, and directing.
The research is highly interdisciplinary, with varied projects drawing on the expertise in the Department. Both experimental and theoretical approaches are actively pursued within the Department, and the works are performed, published in journals and presented at conferences both here in the UK and abroad.
Dance graduates offer a range of skills and find rewarding jobs, roles and work around the UK and internationally on exciting and varied projects. Work placements are an important part of the course at Chester and help students gain professional experience before graduation. Students have the opportunity from the onset of their studies to gain invaluable professional experience. There is a Work Based Learning module in the Year 2 that requires a five-week placement/work experience opportunity to be completed by students. Some of our students have arranged placements as far afield as Australia, Brazil, North America, and Norway.
Ane Iselin Brogeland had an amazing experience with professional dance company, Body Collider Dance in New York, for three months as a performer and then touring in Norway. This was for her Work Based Learning module in the final term of her second year. Body Collider creates "original, collaborative modern dance by working with artists from different disciplines to advance the understanding of the laws of human nature; to break down human behaviour: and reform it into aesthetically structured content creating dance-scapes accessible to all". This prepared Ise for her future career. Ise, upon graduation from the University of Chester, went on to be a member of MAPDance and completed her MA in Performance Practice from the University of Chichester. She now works with David Zambrano, Bettina Carpi and Marina Sekacheva, and has produced her own solo show, The Album of Love.
Want to Know More?
To find out more about Dance at the University of Chester, please contact Angharad Harrop at firstname.lastname@example.org / Evelyn Jamieson at email@example.com or Undergraduate Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to know more about studying Dance, meet staff and students, get your questions answered, or about living in Chester, why not visit us on one of our Open Days?