Foundations in Dance Techniques
In a nutshell
Choreography is at the core of this course. During your time here you will develop your creative skills in group and solo choreography and have the opportunity to perform publicly. Your understanding of the role of a choreographer will be further developed through intensive projects with visiting choreographers. These projects simulate industry expectations by you working as a member of a company in a rigorous creative process and culminate in a performance. Specialist workshops will teach you about current industry trends so that you have a clear understanding of the diverse world of dance.
You will participate in aerial performance such as silks and static trapeze; experiment with the latest developments in live performance and technology, and also be tutored in camera and editing software to facilitate dance for camera pieces. The course boasts a number of excellent longstanding relationships with organisations such as The Lowry Theatre, Dance Manchester, Company Chameleon, Tracing Steps and Skylight Circus and you are encouraged to make the most of the opportunities available to you throughout your studies.
The course also offers the opportunity for a trimester study abroad.
- Develop your creative skills in group and solo choreography
- Learn performance skills, from interdisciplinary dance techniques to aerial skills and the fusing of popular dance forms and digital dance
- Find out how to be a versatile and entrepreneurial member of the dance community
This is for you if...
You are interested in creating and performing work
You are enthusiastic and dedicated
You are committed to making industry contacts whilst still a student
All about the course
As a Dance student, you will learn through a combination of workshops, practical performance projects, lectures, technique classes and seminars. Assessments will include in-class performance presentations and publicly performed dance projects, portfolios, essays and presentations.
You will be introduced to the fundamental principles of Ballet and Contemporary technique.
Introduction to Performance Practice and Reflection
A series of practical workshops will enable you to develop choreographic techniques and approaches specific to ideas covered in the Performance in Context module, while seminar lectures will focus primarily on methods of reflection and the documentation of performance practice.
You will continue to improve your Ballet and Contemporary dance technique throughout this module, developing a skills base to practically understand the working practices examined in Dance Discourses: Modernism.
Dance Discourses: Modernism
Through practical workshops and seminars, this module focuses on the choreographic themes and creative practices of dance practitioners in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Content will include both American and European developments in concert dance and dance theatre.
Performance Practice and Reflection
By drawing on the knowledge and skills gained across previous seminars and practical workshops, this module will allow you to develop your creative vocabulary with a focus on solo choreography.
Performance in Context
This provides the historical framework to examine the development of performance from the late 19th century onward. Movements like Realism, Expressionism, Surrealism and the Postmodern are examined in relation to other movements across performance disciplines including bespoke lectures in comedy. Seminars appropriate to your programme will support these lectures.
You will continue to develop contemporary technique throughout this practical module, whilst also engaging with Post Modern techniques such as Release and Contact Improvisation.
Dance Discourses: Post Modernism
Through practical workshops and seminars, this module will introduce you to post-modern debates in historical, social and cultural contexts by referencing the choreographic themes and creative methods of specific practitioners.
Interdisciplinary Dance Practices
Exploring the infinite possibilities of dance, this module will cover the fusion and collaboration of several key dance genres and disciplines including music, aerial and popular dance.
You will begin to explore the possibilities of dance and digital technologies by learning the language of production (camera) and post production (editing) as choreographic devices. Other areas covered may include motion capture and green screen.
You will work as an ensemble under the direction of a professional artist/company and work intensively on a performance project. The outcome will double bill with the work of that company at The Lowry theatre studio.
You will also choose an optional module from the following:
You will work together as a collaborative company to create and perform a dance performance under tutor supervision.
You will be placed with industry professionals to develop and nurture your own career interest.
Special Approved Project
If you have a job opportunity in the industry or with international partners, this bespoke structured module will enable you to formalise your work-based learning as part of your studies.
Facilitated by either a visiting choreographer or a member of staff, this module will allow you to engage in the creative process, working as a performer and collaborator. This practical module will culminate in a series of public performances.
This module will further prepare you for the dance industry by exploring practical research and independent working methods, and aiding your overall development for deep creative and contextual working.
This lecturer and seminar-based module will advance your business, project and event management skills - vital to the development of any creative professional. The module will also survey a ‘creative entrepreneurial approach’ to varied dance-related professions.
You will complete a major piece of independent work, concluding extensive research supervised by your tutor. The practical element of your final project can either be live or recorded and you can choose to solely choreograph or you can choreograph and perform as part of your independent work. The cast size of your project is unlimited.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What will I be doing?
You will benefit from a range of:
- Technique classes
- Creative workshops
- Performance projects
You will also be provided with the opportunity and support to perform publicly at the University theatre and various venues throughout Greater Manchester.
- Practical assessment in technique, performance and choreography
School of Arts and Media
The School of Arts and Media is the largest School at the University of Salford with more than 4,000 creative students. Across sites at MediaCityUK and the University's Peel Park campus, we offer a huge variety of courses, from Fashion Image Making and Styling, Television and Radio, Creative Writing and Music to Journalism, Animation, Design and Performance.
This broad range of disciplines offers enhanced opportunities for specialist and interdisciplinary study, including collaborative work across subject areas.
You will study in our £55 million New Adelphi building, which contains dance studios, theatres and rehearsal rooms.
What about after uni?
On completion of this course, you may go on to perform, choreograph, or produce. You may also go on to be a teacher or workshop leader, or go on to postgraduate education.
There are networking and career development opportunities, business workshops with our engagement team and opportunities in the industry to perform your work.
- MA Dance: Choreography and Professional Practices
- MA Dance: Creative Dance Education
- MA Dance: Performance and Professional Practices
We have strong links and partnerships with various establishments and artists in the area, providing a multitude of opportunities for our students. Our industry partnerships include:
- The Lowry Theatre
- Dance Manchester
- Salford Council
- Salford Leisure
- Company Chameleon
- Levantes Dance Theatre
- Out Of The Blue
What you need to know
Offers are made after an audition and interview. The audition consists of a technique class and creative workshop.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this.
English Language at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent). Maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) is preferred but not essential.
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
UCAS tariff points
BTEC National Diploma
Access to HE
Irish Leaving Certificate
30 points, 5 or 6 (Higher level) in a relevant subject
Pass Diploma with 70% overall
Graded Dance Qualifications
We accept graded dance qualifications from BBO, BTDA, ISTD and RAD. Please check UCAS for points tariff.
Other Appropriate Qualifications or Professional Experience
Direct entry to Years 2 or 3 may be possible with appropriate qualifications or professional experience. Please contact us for further details.
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2019/20||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2019/20||£14,400per year|
|Full-time home/EU||2020/21||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2020/21||£15240per year|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
Scholarships for international students 2020/21
If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our international scholarships worth up to £5,000. Our international scholarships include the Salford International Excellence Scholarship.
For more information go to International Scholarships.
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Course ID W500