University of Bedfordshire

Training Institution

  • Name
    University of Bedfordshire
  • About
    Dance has existed as a subject area in Bedford since the early Twentieth Century, and it continues to thrive to the present day, producing graduates whose careers extend into professional performance practice, education and teaching in a range of Further and Higher Education institutions, and in schools and community contexts. Graduates have also gone on to explore areas of advanced academic research, and management and administration in dance and the creative industries.

    At undergraduate level, dance is taught primarily through the BA (Hons) Dance and Professional Practice course that was developed in 2007 to meet the demands of today’s varied dance sector. The course focuses on your development as a skilled dance practitioner and as an independent, creative and entrepreneurial individual. It is studio-based and practice-led, emphasising engagement with current ideas, practice and debates in the subject in order to develop practitioners who are informed and innovative in their application of theory to practice. Teaching, learning and assessment are undertaken in a variety of modes including, performing, making, watching, questioning, writing and talking about dance.



    Students on the BA (Hons) Performing Arts course also engage with areas of dance practice, including the study of technique and choreography that informs their understanding of dance within a broader field of performance.

    At postgraduate level, the University offers a suite of Masters courses: MA Dance Performance and Choreography, MA Community Dance Leadership, and MSc Dance Science. Informed by the latest research and practice, these courses enable students to undertake advanced study in specialist areas while providing opportunities for collaboration between courses and across departments. In addition, specialist teacher training in dance is available at the University.

    Dance in the University is housed in a suite of large purpose-built dance studios, and in the 280–seat theatre, and theatre-studio. Additionally, students have access to sports halls, gyms and movement laboratories. An extensive library collection of dance books, journals and DVD recordings of dance, significantly adds to the culture of learning in the subject.

    The Dance teaching staff have extensive professional experience as dancers, choreographers, artistic directors, educators and teachers, film-makers and community dance practitioners. Research in Dance at Bedford has a strong and vibrant culture pioneered by Professor Helen Bailey whose performance research, based at the University since 1998, has received several large Arts Council and Research Council funding awards for its professional and practice-led activity. Teaching staff engage in practice-led research activity in areas of performance, e-science, dance science, choreography, dance pedagogy and collaborative practice. Staff research is seen as central to developing and maintaining the excellent quality of teaching in the subject area and informs the continued development of course content so that, from dance science to choreography, the latest research informs what you will study.

    Engagement with professional practice is central to the culture of dance in the University, and in this respect you will benefit from on-campus professional dance, music and theatre performance through seasons of programmed work in the University’s professionally equipped Theatre and Studio-Theatre spaces. You will have access to associated workshops from visiting companies and artists, examples of which include; Jasmin Vardimon, StopGap, Jonathon Burrows, Ultima Vez, Jean Abreu Dance Company, Michael Joseph, Henry Montes, Marina Collard, Retina Dance Company, Luke Jessop, Annie Lok, Protein Dance Company and Two Thirds Sky.

    Additionally, you will be able to engage directly in the operation of the professional theatre seasons through voluntary roles in front-of-house, box-office and technical theatre (please visit www.beds.ac.uk/theatre for more information on the theatre), while further opportunities to gain work experience are offered via internships in a range of roles in the creative industries.

    Wider access to dance in the University and in the local community is enhanced through a range of opportunities to engage in dance-related activity including the University’s rolling programme of dance and performance evening classes (UoBeats), which offer extra-curricular training and education to students and to local professionals. Further, you are able to access intensive workshops linked to the professional theatre seasons, SifDans (a university summer school), student-led Dance Societies and clubs, Junior Research Institute activity and the University’s Gym and Fitness Centre.

    Strong and ongoing links with DanceDigital, Step Out Arts, Youth Dance England, Arts Council England, Foundation for Community Dance, Dance UK, DanceHE, the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, CARD, local schools and colleges and local and regional professional venues, are all important to how we provide and create opportunities for you to build the connections and networks in dance and in the wider creative industries that will support you in the future.

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