Professional Dance BA (Hons)

Professional Dance BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree


3 Years



Students have the opportunity to follow one of two educational pathways that best match the area of the industry in which they are aspiring to have a successful career. Both pathways involve professional preparation which includes advanced skills training, inviting practitioners and graduates to share their knowledge and experience of the workplace. Your professional training is complemented by advice on developing an online presence and portfolio. The dance pathway has an emphasis on various jazz techniques, contemporary, commercial, tap and ballet. At its core this programme focuses on rigorous technical training. This includes workshops and productions led by external professionals, who develop your creative skills so that you are ready to enter the professional/commercial sector. Within this context you will become an independent thinker, a self-motivated artist and a freelance practitioner. The classical pathway focusses more on a career in the world of ballet and contemporary. The course helps you to develop the ability to work in companies and be adaptable to different styles and methods of working. You’ll be taught through a range of activities including lectures, workshops, seminars, skills classes, rehearsals, tutorials, theatre visits and theatre productions.


What you will study on this course

Level 4 introduces key dance practitioners and rehearsal processes appropriate for the musical theatre and commercial dance market. You develop a strong foundation of technique across (but not limited to) Ballet, Jazz Dance and Tap. You also develop singing, acting and choreography skills. You explore current performance trends for working effectively within the dance industry and we initiate the academic principles of practice as research, analysis and critique at this level.

  • Core Dance Skills 1
  • Choreography 1
  • Dance In Context 1
  • Classical Ballet Performance / Expanded Dance Skills 1
  • Classical Ballet Techniques / Strength & Stamina 1
  • Classical Ballet Repertoire / Professional Dance Performance 1

Level 5 builds your knowledge of technique, genre and styles of dance. As a dance artist you develop an understanding and application of a range of choreographic approaches and performance techniques to make meaningful and imaginative work. Critical theory develops your academic and cognitive skills. In addition to ongoing technical classes, and in preparation for level 6, performance projects, partner work, contact and improvisation expand your skills as a versatile dance artist.

  • Core Dance 2
  • Choreography 2
  • Dance In Context 2
  • Classical Ballet Performance / Expanded Dance Skills 2
  • Classical Ballet Technique / Strength & Stamina 2
  • Classical Ballet Repertoire / Professional Dance Performance 2

Acting / Voice / Singing 2

Musical Theatre Dance Techniques & Performance / Movement 2

Musical Theatre In Context 2

Camera & Audio 2

Your final year, level 6, hones the skills and knowledge that you have developed during Level 5 and applies it to a range of production scenarios that mirror the professional ‘West End’ market. Strategically selected projects and public performances throughout the year, with industry specialists in public venues, encourage professional working relationships and networking skills vital for future employment.

  • Dance Independent Study
  • The Professional Dancer
  • Professional Dance Projects

Musical Theatre Independent Study

Professional Dancer-Singer / Professional Actor-Singer Projects

Professional Musical Theatre Projects

What you'll learn

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Course Information

Tution fees

£9,250 (Per Year)

Even though TBA is dedicated to one of the cheapest full-time courses in the country, there are sources of funding available to help with the financial burden whilst training.

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Entry requirements

A minimum of CDD at A Level, or a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMP, or equivalent, preferably in a related area.

Applications from those studying two A Levels or alternative Level 3 qualifications will be considered on an alternative basis.

Applicants are also required to attend an audition.

Applicants should be aged 15 and over.

How to apply?

We have various scholarship opportunities in partnership with festivals.

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