Gain a broad understanding of the dance industry and the ability to manage a successful career in this exciting field. Become a thinking practitioner of dance and spend time looking at performance development through choreography and dance science.
Focusing on jazz and commercial styles, this dynamic degree programme will also give you the opportunity to work with professional dancers, choreographers and arts organisations, as well as gain additional fitness qualifications.
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Dance and performance at this university has helped me to grow and excel as a dancer. Providing opportunities such as being able to go out in to the community to teach and learn new skills. There are beneficial and exciting masterclasses whereby a variety of dance styles are taught which enables communication between the students and the dance creatives within the dance industry. Lastly, the lecturers provide excellent support.Tatiana Ashiao
We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.
For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.
The teaching staff on this course are kind, supportive, experienced and inspirational people. They deliver excellent and innovate practical and academic classes. They continue to actively work in the industry and are always available to provide any support we may need as students. Each module is carefully designed and taught in a way that benefits us and is relevant to the current dance world.Michelle Charles
Why study this subject?
Wake up every day knowing you’re doing what you love, turn your passion for dance and performance into your career.
Whether you end up being the star of the show or choreographing it, you will be able to use your degree to inspire others with the same passion and create out of this world entertainment pieces.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
This degree programme will focus on commercial dance forms that range from street, to classical ballet. Jazz technique and the commercial dance industry is at the heart of this course, so if you are keen to learn about the wider commercial dance sector, this course could be for you.
Our well-rounded course offers you the chance to use a range of our state-of-the-art facilities on campus, including a well-equipped gym, dance studios, fitness studio and a brand new Human Performance Lab. Off campus you are only a short train journey away from London, where you can access and immerse yourself in the West End and the dance and performance industry.
During your time studying with us, you’ll also have the opportunity to take advantage of regular masterclasses. Taught by leading industry professionals, these classes allow you to further develop performance technique and acquire a deep understanding of a range of dance styles. This also provides ample chances to network with professionals working in the field.
What facilities can I use?
We have excellent facilities at BNU including a well-equipped gym, dance studios, fitness studio and a brand new Human Performance Lab. Our lecturing team have a wealth of industry and academic experience and will nurture your learning and professional development throughout your time with us.
Our Human Performance Laboratory has been designed to increase athletes’ performance through improved technique, and also assists with injury prevention and rehabilitation. The lab is home to an indoor three-lane running track that incorporates 3D motion-capture technology and is equipped for assessing a range of physiological, biomechanical and psychological parameters.
We also have access to the Wycombe Swan Theatre and Wycombe Town Hall as part of our Wycombe Swan Residency. The Swan Theatre sits adjacent to the University and is one of the UK’s leading regional theatres.
Find out more about what life in the School of Dance and Performance is like.
There are two things that I enjoy most about studying at Buckinghamshire New University: the support and professional development. It is truly inspiring when teachers are just as passionate as you are about the course. Also, I feel like my professionalism has grown tremendously. I feel like if I did not attend BNU then I would still be the shy, anxious and unconfident person I was three years ago.Abbie Hammant
What will I study?
BA (Hons) Dance and Performance offers you the chance to study at an institution rich in culture, with The Wycombe Swan theatre next door and London West End just a short train ride away. This industry focused Programme is delivered through a variety of teaching mediums; studio classes, workshops, lectures and seminars, all designed to provide a stimulating environment with opportunities for you to work with local dance organisations and professional dance practitioners in the field.
The overall aim is to use innovative teaching and learning methods to guide you towards becoming more independent learners by the end of the programme, and to allow you to explore issues fully in the context of your work.
How will I be taught and assessed?
During your three years you'll find the emphasis will be on enabling you to develop essential skills (both in practice and theory) and knowledge that are needed to learn and to demonstrate learning. You'll be expected to apply theoretical understanding in a variety of different scenarios, and employ a number of approaches to expression and articulation in assignments in self-directed modules.
Masterclasses will be taught by industry professionals and will be used to expand your knowledge and understanding of a variety of dance genres as well as to develop and hone your technique.
Collaborative modules, such as Creative Dance and Community and Collaborative performance project and professional practice will allow you to learn additional skills e.g. film making, collaboration, business plans, making show reels, required to ensure success within the profession once you have graduated. This also allows for you to have a well-rounded portfolio when you leave us.
We expect you to have attained a level of independent learning and the ability to apply the knowledge and theoretical understanding you have developed in the rest of the course to a particular case study or project of your own devising.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
I have used the physical skills I developed and learnt in my training with BNU. All those jazz technique lessons I went to over the years have really made me feel confident in my abilities and shown that I can succeed in professional jobs. There were also a variety of modules where I felt I developed leadership skills and again I have taken this forward into my life since leaving university.Jake Kernot
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 88 - 112
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
All candidates will be invited to discuss their work during a portfolio review/interview and the interviewing tutor will be looking for:
- The ability to articulate your views on your own work.
- A commitment and enthusiasm for the subject.
- The potential for sustained professional development
Your audition/ interview will consist of joining in a 1-1.5 hour dance workshop. This could be in any dance style depending on what guest dance artist we have scheduled in for that week. You need to ensure you wear appropriate clothing for the audition and please be prepared to dance in bare feet/ trainers dependent on the style. We will be watching the audition and rather than looking specifically at your proficiency in the dance style, we are looking for students who are open-minded to trying different styles, who can apply feedback appropriately and who have potential.
This will then be followed by a small group (approximately 3 students) interview with one of the dance team. During the interview we will be asking questions to assess your suitability for the course and you will also have the chance to ask us any questions you may have regarding the course. This will last approximately 20 minutes.
What you must bring with you
As well as suitable dance attire, please bring a piece of written work with you as a demonstration of your academic writing style.
Information for overseas students
Please note, students who live overseas and are unable to attend an interview/audition should submit a video/YouTube/Vimeo link in place of attending in person. This should be a 1-2 minute video of you dancing. This can be in any style you wish and can be a solo/ group piece (if it is a group piece, please make it clear to us which one you are in the video). This video should be a good example of your dance technique in your chosen style. Please email your dance video and an example of a piece of written work
This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Creative Dance and Community
Teaching and Learning in Dance
The Dance Industries
Applied Anatomy, Nutrition & the Self
Dance Industry Technique
Year 2 Modules
Dance Industry Technique and Repertoire
Applied Physiology, Training Principles and Self-confidence
Dance Careers and Creative Enterprise
Choreographing the Body
Year 3 Modules
Independent Project: Practical (optional)
Exercise Programming, Testing and Professional Practice (optional)
Applied Injury Prevention and Performance Optimisation
Dance Industry Technique and Performance
Independent Project: Written Thesis (optional)
Collaborative Performance Project & Professional Practice (optional)
What are the tuition fees
Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023
£9,250 per year
Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023
£14,250 per year
What are my career prospects?
When you finish this degree you’ll have a variety of career prospects to explore. If you choose to pursue a career in performance, you may need to supplement this with employment in teaching, choreography or dance development. Having gained skills in entrepreneurship and enterprise, you’ll also have the skills necessary to be self-employed, or even launch your own dance related business venture.
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
Our BA (Hons) Dance and Performance course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities, such as:
- Dance instructor
- Fitness instructor.
Previous graduates have gone on to do roles such as teachers (in schools, primary and secondary and in private dance schools), performers (abroad and in the UK), entertainers, exercise instructors, managers and dance artists.
You may also wish to stay on at Buckinghamshire New University and study our full-time or part-time MA Performance (Live and Digital).
BNU couldn’t have prepared me more for the world of work. I gained so many transferable skills that I have to put into practice daily. Without my course I wouldn’t have the knowledge to make this possible.Colette Adams