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BA (Hons) Dance BA (Hons) Dance

Dance at Lincoln is ranked 1st in the UK for overall student satisfaction according to the National Student Survey 2021 (out of 18 ranking institutions) and 100% of BA (Hons) Dance students at Lincoln were satisfied overall with their course.

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Kirsty Russell - Programme Leader

Kirsty Russell - Programme Leader

Before embarking on a career in Higher Education, Kirsty Russell worked as a freelance dance artist teaching at a range of vocational dance schools alongside developing her own performance career. Kirsty specialises in dance technique, improvisation and contact improvisation and is committed to developing high-quality dance practice and integrating professional practice within Higher Education.

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Welcome to BA (Hons) Dance

The University of Lincoln's BA (Hons) Dance degree explores the link between creative practice and the theoretical study of dance with the opportunity to examine disciplines including technique, choreography, performance, teaching, and research.

Dance training at Lincoln focuses on contemporary techniques and works to develop and nurture creative practice. A variety of modules aim to help students to develop transferable skills in preparation for their future career.

The course offers a daily dance class in contemporary techniques, contemporary ballet, anatomy and fitness, choreography and performance (live, digital and site specific) and dance management and production. The course aims to equip students with the knowledge essential to become self-producing artist operating within the dance industry as well as those interested in pursuing a portfolio career within the arts after graduation.

The practice-based curriculum reflects the vocational needs of professional dancers. It gives students the opportunity to engage with practical and theoretical methods to become stronger dancers and more dynamic dance-makers.

This degree is founded in professional practice, and the School of Fine and Performing Arts is proud to be part of a vibrant community of academics and professional artists. Students can benefit from a visiting artists programme and participate in professional company workshops.

Welcome to BA (Hons) Dance

The practice-based curriculum on the BA (Hons) Dance degree at Lincoln reflects the vocational needs of professional dancers. Students will have the opportunity to engage with practical and theoretical methods to become stronger dancers and more dynamic dance makers. A variety of modules offers students the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills in preparation for their future career. Dance training at Lincoln focuses on contemporary techniques and works to develop and nurture creative practice.

This degree is founded in professional practice and we are proud to be part of a vibrant community of academics and professional artists. The department has an impressive array of associate lecturers who are currently working in the industry nationally and internationally. Students also have the opportunity to benefit from visiting artists and participate in professional company workshops.

There are opportunities for work placements and participation in performances throughout the course. These include collaborations with staff, national and international choreographers and theatre companies. Potential costs of placements are outlined in the Features tab.

How You Study

The course is organised into four strands that develop throughout the duration of the programme and are designed to prepare students for graduation. These are:

- Dance Technique
- Improvisation and Choreography
- Critical Contexts and Applied Practice
- Industry and Employability

This allows students to develop advanced skills in a range of areas to enhance employability prospects.

Initially the course focuses on the fundamentals of technique, choreography and improvisation. It progresses to expand bodily awareness through other areas of dance, such as dance anatomy and fitness, somatic practices, digital/screen-based practice, and contact improvisation. In the final year, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate and enhance their skills to refine their own interests or specialisms.

Students can participate in a touring dance company, independent practice as research, choreographic projects, and dance in education. Students will also have the opportunity to attend lectures that consider the market and industry to develop skills for managing, producing, funding, and marketing their own work.

During their studies, students have the chance to gain experience and make industry contacts through a work placement. They have the opportunity to study abroad for one term during the second year at the Universitys partner institution in Norway, enabling them to experience international approaches to dance training. Students who choose to study abroad or undertake work placements are expected to cover their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs.

Lectures and seminars are supplemented by studio and workshop sessions, which aim to form an understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of dance. Students may also have the opportunity to work away from the University on outreach, performance tours and community-based projects, incorporating technical and vocational skills, in order to experience dance as a creative enterprise.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.

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How You Study

Initially the course focuses on the fundamentals of dance composition, progressing to expand bodily awareness through other areas of dance, such as dance technique, somatic practices and contact improvisation.

There is the option to undertake a work placement which offers the opportunity to gain experience and make industry contacts. Please note that students are responsible for any travel, accommodation or general living costs during their work placement. Students have the option of studying at our partner institution in Norway for one term during the second year to experience international approaches to dance training.

Lectures and seminars are supplemented by studio and workshop sessions, which aim to form an understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of dance. You may also have the opportunity to work away from the University on outreach and community-based projects, incorporating technical and vocational skills, in order to experience dance as a creative enterprise.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.

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Teaching and Learning During Covid-19

Information for Offer Holders Joining Us in Autumn 2021

Letter from Head of School of Fine and Performing Arts

We are delighted you are interested in joining us at the University of Lincoln and I am writing to let you know about our planning for the new academic year. You currently have an offer of a place at the University and we want to keep you updated so you can start preparing for your future, should you be successful in meeting any outstanding conditions of your offer.

We fully intend your experience with us at Lincoln will be engaging, supportive and academically challenging. We are determined to provide our students with a safe and exciting campus experience, ensuring you benefit from the best that both face-to-face and online teaching offer. We have kept our focus on friendliness and community spirit at Lincoln and we look forward to your participation in that community.

As you know, the UK Government has published its roadmap for the easing of Coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England. There are still some uncertainties for universities around possible restrictions for the next academic year, particularly in relation to social distancing in large group teaching. We are planning in line with government guidance for both face-to-face and online teaching to ensure you have a good campus experience and can complete all the requirements for your programme. We are fully prepared to adapt and flex our plans if changes in government regulations make this necessary during the year.

Face-to-face teaching and interaction with tutors and course mates are key to students’ learning and the broader student experience. Face-to-face sessions will be prioritised where it is most valuable, particularly for seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical studio work (including rehearsals). Students tell us that there are real benefits to some elements of online learning within a blended approach, such as revisiting recorded materials and developing new digital skills and confidence. At Lincoln we aim to take forward the best aspects of both.

This letter sets out in detail various aspects of the planned experience at Lincoln for your chosen subject area, and we hope the information is helpful as you plan for your future.

Teaching and Learning

Your programme will follow an on-campus, blended-learning model. This will involve a range of different learning styles where you will be able to engage with your tutors and peers in physical and virtual environments.

We are planning the majority of your teaching to be delivered face to face. This means that you will be on campus for sessions like workshops, studio classes, practical and performance work. We will also be using the benefits of online learning and teaching, particularly for large lectures, which may be delivered as live sessions in which you can interact with others, and/or recorded sessions that you can access whenever you want.

Our efforts to develop your employability within and outside of the curriculum will remain a key focus during your time at Lincoln. As your course progresses, you will be assessed in various ways, including coursework and examinations which may be online. Many of our assessment types involve live or performance work, and these will all be run safely and in line with Government guidance. The School’s various social media channels are full of great examples of live performance work that we’ve already undertaken this year.

The spaces on campus where your teaching will take place, such as performance and dance studios in the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, our Fine Art Studios, or our Music rehearsal rooms, will be managed in ways that maximise your learning experience while also safeguarding your health and wellbeing in line with the latest Government guidance.

Should a change in Government guidance require a return to lockdown, we are ready to move fully online for the required period. We did this twice last year and managed to successfully deliver our curriculum and maintain our sense of community. Any changes of this kind will be communicated by email from myself and/or the university.

To complete your assignments, you will need a laptop or desktop computer. For some of our programmes, computers capable of running Adobe’s Creative Cloud software are helpful. For those that require it, we will provide an Adobe Creative Cloud license so that you can access this software at the start of your studies. All students will be provided with full access to Microsoft Office 365.

To support you in your studies, you will be assigned a Personal Tutor – a member of academic staff who is your designated ‘go to’ person for advice and support, both pastoral and academic. You will meet with them regularly in person and/or online. It is important to remember that independent learning is an essential aspect of your programme. Guided reading and other independent engagement remain key to performing well in your studies.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you on campus in October for your induction events and supporting you as you embark on this new and exciting chapter in your life. 

The University Campus

We are very proud of our beautiful and vibrant campuses at the University of Lincoln and we have used our extensive indoor and outdoor spaces to provide students with access to study and social areas as well as learning resources and facilities, adapting them where necessary in line with government guidance. All the mitigations and safety measures you would expect are in place on our campuses (at Lincoln, Riseholme and Holbeach), such as hand sanitisers, one-way systems, and other social distancing measures where these are required.

Student Wellbeing and Support

The University’s Student Wellbeing Centre and Student Support Centre are fully open for face-to-face and online support. Should you, as one of our applicants, have any questions about coming to Lincoln in October or any other concerns, these specialist teams are here for you. You can contact Student Wellbeing and the Student Support Centre by visiting https://studentservices.lincoln.ac.uk where service details and contact information are available, or if you are in Lincoln you can make an appointment to meet a member of the team.

To enable you to make the most out of your experience in Lincoln and to help you access course materials and other services, we recommend that you have a desktop, laptop or tablet device available during your studies. This will enable you to engage easily with our online learning platforms from your student accommodation or from home. Students can use IT equipment on campus in the Library, our learning lounges, and specialist academic areas; however, there may not always be a space free when you have a timetabled session or an assessment to complete which is why we recommend you have your own device too, if possible. If you are struggling to access IT equipment or reliable internet services, please contact ICT for technical support and Student Support who can assist you with further advice and information.

We are committed to providing you with the best possible start to university life and to helping you to prepare for your time with us. As part of this commitment, you can access our Student Life pre-arrival online support package. This collection of digital resources, advice and helpful tips created by current students is designed to help you prepare for the all-important first steps into higher education, enabling you to learn within a supportive community and to make the most of the new opportunities that the University of Lincoln provides. When you are ready, you can begin by going to studentlife.lincoln.ac.uk/starting.

Students’ Union

Your Students’ Union is here to make sure that you get the most from every aspect of your student experience. They will be providing a huge range of in-person and virtual events and opportunities - you are sure to find something perfect for you! Meet people and find a new hobby by joining one of their 150 sports teams and societies. Grab lunch between teaching or a drink with friends in The Swan, Towers or The Barge. Learn new skills and boost your CV by taking part in training courses and volunteering opportunities in your spare time. Grab a bike from the Cycle Hire and explore the city you will be calling home.

To start off the new academic year, your Students’ Union will be bringing you The Official Lincoln Freshers Week 2021, with a huge line-up of social events, club nights, fayres and activities for you enjoy (restrictions permitting). Keep an eye on www.facebook.com/lincolnfreshers21 for line-up and ticket updates, so you don’t miss out.

Most importantly, your Students’ Union will always be there for you when you need it most; making sure that your voice as a student is always heard. The SU Advice Centre can provide independent advice and support on housing, finance, welfare and academic issues. As well as this, your Course Representatives are always on hand to make sure that you are getting the best from your academic experience. To find out more about the Students’ Union’s events, opportunities, support and how to get in contact go to: www.lincolnsu.com.

Student Accommodation

Many applicants will choose to live in dedicated student accommodation on, or close to, campus and you may well have already booked your student residence for the upcoming year. All University-managed student accommodation will have our Residential Wardens in place. Residential Wardens are here to help you settle into your new accommodation and will be offering flatmate and residential support activities throughout the year. If you have booked University accommodation, you will have already heard from us with further details on where you will be living to help you prepare. If you have not yet booked your accommodation, we still have plenty of options available. In the meantime, lots of advice and information can be found on the accommodation pages of our website.

The information detailed in this letter will form part of your agreement with the University of Lincoln. If we do not hear from you to the contrary prior to enrolment, we will assume that you acknowledge and accept the information contained in this letter. Adaptations to how we work may have to be made in line with any future changes in government guidance, and we will communicate these with you as necessary. Please do review the University’s Admissions Terms and Conditions (in particular sections 8 and 9) and Student Complaints Procedure so you understand your rights and the agreement between the University and its students.

We very much hope this information is useful to help you plan for the next step in your academic journey, and we look forward to welcoming you here at Lincoln this Autumn. This is the start of a new phase and will be an exciting time for all of us. If you have any questions, please do email me at awesterside@lincoln.ac.uk.

Dr Andrew Westerside

Head of the School of Fine and Performing Arts

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Choreo 1: Improvisation and Composition 2022-23DAN1026MLevel 42022-23This module aims to increase the dancers potential as a creative practitioner. Through studio practice sessions, students will be guided through a series of choreographic techniques to understand how improvisation and composition exist together. Students will be encouraged to use physical skills developed from contemporary techniques as a point of departure to develop their own movement ideas, languages, forms and identities.CoreCollaborative Performance Making 2022-23DAN1027MLevel 42022-23Students will investigate the choreographic portfolio of a significant practitioner from the 20th or 21st Century, and use their choreographic process as an inspiration to develop an original choreographic work. The module gives an opportunity for students to work collaboratively with their peers and tutor, and students are asked to contribute to the choreography, set design, light, sound and costume design as part of this module. The work is usually performed at our annual public showcase in January, held in the LPAC theatre.CoreDance Anatomy 2022-23DAN1028MLevel 42022-23This module will provide a sound and detailed anatomical, physiological and kinesiological knowledge base for the students to support their technical training and help them better understand the functioning of the body in motion. Students will focus on the cardio-respiratory and neuromuscular systems, the module will aim to help them identify key aspects of kinesiology such as alignment, posture, muscle strength, developing flexibility, and how to utilise this knowledge for safe dance practice and physical progression.CoreDance Studies 1 2022-23DAN1029MLevel 42022-23This Semester A level 1 module will support the students in their transition into HE study by introducing necessary theoretical tools and methods of study required throughout the BA (Hons) Dance degree, and allow them to put these into practice. The focal area for this skills building will be around the introduction to, engagement with, and critical analysis of 21st Century dance works (live and recorded) and dance-based literature from key practitioners and writers. Students will also be introduced to the concepts of lineage, development and dance history as relevant to the rest of their degree course.CoreDance Technique 1 2022-23DAN1030MLevel 42022-23This module is aimed at initiating the development of acquiring physical techniques and body-based knowledge required of dance professionals. Students will be introduced to basic principles of safe dance practice and effective methods of warming up and cooling down. Within this module, students will develop an awareness of multiple contemporary dance techniques and will be encouraged to develop their strength, flexibility and coordination.CoreScreen Dance 2022-23DAN1022MLevel 42022-23Screen Dance gives students the opportunity to explore choreography off the stage and onto the screen. This module focuses on the creation of a dance work for video, exploring the use of the camera, editing as choreography and the transformation of movement through digital video technology. The module gives students the opportunity to storyboard, shoot and edit a short dance film, as well as document this process in a production dossier. Students can work in production teams to achieve a final video which explores choreography in a new and exciting way.CoreChoreo 2: An Ongoing Research and Performance Lab 2023-24DAN2025MLevel 52023-24Choreo 2: An Ongoing Research and Performance Lab builds on earlier choreography and technique modules and introduces contact improvisation as a movement form that challenges and develops the students responses to gravity, inertia and momentum, thus complimenting a technical and creative dance training by revealing new possibilities and relationships for questioning, moving and choreographing bodies in space.CoreChoreo 2: Space and Location 2023-24DAN2026MLevel 52023-24This module builds on the knowledge gained in Choreography 1 and aims to increase the dancers potential as a creative practitioner. Through studio practice sessions, students will be guided through a series of choreographic techniques and responses to set stimuli. Students will be asked to consider making work for theatre and non-theatre venues, and will explore the implications of performing in public or private spaces.CoreDance Contexts 2023-24DAN2027MLevel 52023-24Dance Contexts introduces a range of critical perspectives that help students analyse, interpret and discuss constructs of performance in more detail. The module opens up the idea that performance making and viewing is both an artistic and cultural activity, and starts to unpack what else there might be to look for and how else we might think about and discuss what is seen, to produce multiple readings of a work.CoreDance Studies 2 2023-24DAN2030MLevel 52023-24The Dance Studies 2 module will explore a range of methods and practice of research. Students will learn how to select appropriate methods and methodologies pertinent to their chosen research questions. The module allows students to explore, apply, analyse, evaluate and create knowledge with the objective of identifying and critically evaluating research.CoreDance Technique 2: Dance and Fitness 2023-24DAN2028MLevel 52023-24This module aims to introduce students to principles and concepts of fitness training alongside the development of their dance technique training. The content develops further upon the function of the major physiological systems addressed in the level 4 Dance Anatomy module. Students will embark on their own research projects that focus on safe and effective practice in dance technique as well as the needs of the training dancer.CoreDance Technique 2: Somatics 2023-24DAN2015MLevel 52023-24In Dance Technique and Somatics students may build on their technical and anatomical understanding from level one through the introduction of somatic practices. The purpose of introducing somatic practices into the second year of study is to help students become mindful of how the body is used, and to uncover thought process, attitudes and training practices that can both hinder and liberate their potential as dancers. The application of somatics facilitates a deeper understanding of the body and its systems in relation to its environment.CoreDigital Performance 2023-24DAN2019MLevel 52023-24This module focuses on the interdisciplinary field of digital performance. We define the term 'digital performance' broadly to include all performance works where computer technologies play a key role rather than a subsidiary one in content, techniques, aesthetics or delivery forms (Dixon, 2007, p3). It examines the intersection of digital media and performance in various contexts, such as interactive media on stage, biosensors and the body in performance, and social media and performance opportunities. By working with various digital technologies students can engage and explore practically how to make performance using these tools and new technologies.CoreMusic Theatre 2023-24MUS2012MLevel 52023-24Musical theatre is an interdisciplinary form. Those that perform it require a triple threat skill set (acting, singing, and dancing), and similarly those that produce it need to have an understanding of directing, choreography and composition/arrangement. In this module students will have the opportunity to develop and integrate their skills across these disciplines. While, there will be the option to incorporate both performance and production roles, students will be required to participate in and contribute to the development of material that encompasses acting, dancing, singing/music making. This work will take place in the context of a preparing a piece of Music Theatre (60-90 minutes in length) for public performance. The production itself may take various forms. For instance, it could be a production of an existing Musical, or it could be devised and developed by the group. Similarly, an existing libretto could be set to new Music or vice versa. These decisions will be made by the member of staff directing the production at the beginning of the module.OptionalPlacements (LSFPA) 2023-24DRA2051MLevel 52023-24The Placement module encourages students to engage with the creative industries beyond the University through an 80-hour placement with a business or organisation of their choosing. Through direct workplace experience, students may develop new skills, strengthen existing ones, establish valuable professional networks, and target future employment opportunities. Following the placement students are assessed via presentations where they reflect upon their professional development and the impact of their work with the partner organisation.OptionalStage Combat 2023-24DRA2037MLevel 52023-24This module aims to teach students the basics of engaging in stage combat and gives them the option of progressing to the Academy of Performance Combat Basic Three Weapon exam.OptionalStudy Abroad Dance 2023-24DAN2024MLevel 52023-24The Erasmus Exchange Programme is an optional module of study for the award of the BA Dance Degree. As part of the three-year course, some students may study for the duration of Semester B at the Norwegian College of Dance. The modules for study in Semester B are all practice based modules. The Erasmus Exchange enables participants to spend a semester at a Norwegian institution, to experience other approaches to the study of their own and others culture and history and the opportunity to experience living in another culture.OptionalThe Teaching Artist 2023-24DAN2029MLevel 52023-24Throughout this module students will develop and deepen their knowledge and practice of teaching and delivering dance in a ranger of practitioner settings. Students will practice, analyse and discuss various possible strategies for working in a variety of environments, including more challenging environments, such as integrated settings and with hard-to-reach groups. A range of established dance practitioners will share their practice over the course of the module, providing specialist insight into the many varied ways of engaging people in dance. This module has a strong industry-facing element, and will provide key knowledge and tools for students wanting to move toward teaching dance as part of their career.OptionalChoreo 3: Performance 2024-25DAN3020MLevel 62024-25This module builds on the knowledge gained in Choreo 2 and aims to prepare students for developing and realising a choreographic project tailored to their own interests and specialisms. Students will explore choreographic techniques in dance and physical theatre, and create two projects over the course of the year. Students will be guided through pre-production processes, including the design and delivery of an audition, as well as considerations of production design. The final projects will be performed in a public performance event, held in the LPAC theatre.CoreDance Company and Education 2024-25DAN3023MLevel 62024-25This module allows students to directly apply the skills acquired in technique, choreography and teaching. Students will form their own dance company and work with an artist to create a full length work. The company will embark on a small scale tour to perform their work and deliver educational workshops to schools/ colleges based on the repertoire. Students will be responsible for the organisation and management of the tour, adopting appropriate roles as part of the company.CoreDance Management and Production 2024-25DAN3024MLevel 62024-25The module will examine the current dance landscape in which students will explore key questions such as: What dance is being made? How is it being made? Who is it being made for? Students will analyse this information in order to identify gaps and trends within the current market to gain further understanding of what skills and knowledge may be required in order to successfully work within the dance industry.CoreDance Studies 3: Research Project 2024-25DAN3021MLevel 62024-25Dance Studies 3 requires students to complete an extended final year project and identify research questions pertinent to their own interest or specialism. Students will devise, plan, research, draft and complete their own individual research project on a subject of their own choosing in the field of Dance Studies. Students will have the option to conduct practice based, practice led research or a fully written thesis using appropriate academic conventions.CoreDance Technique 3: Performance and Leadership 2024-25DAN3025MLevel 62024-25In Dance Technique and Performance students have the opportunity to develop and explore a working practice of the technical skills and knowledge required to further an advanced understanding of dance technique. The module supports students to develop their unique potential as a mover and practitioner. Technique and Performance aims to demonstrate an understanding of artistic communication through acquisition and mastery of technical dance and presentation skills. The module aims to reveal a students individuality and creativity in technical performance, displaying personalised style, technical proficiency in placement, strength and flexibility, and centring. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their own technique teaching skills and develop an understanding of how to plan and deliver a dance technique class.Core

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Choreo 1: Improvisation and Composition 2021-22DAN1026MLevel 42021-22This module aims to increase the dancers potential as a creative practitioner. Through studio practice sessions, students will be guided through a series of choreographic techniques to understand how improvisation and composition exist together. Students will be encouraged to use physical skills developed from contemporary techniques as a point of departure to develop their own movement ideas, languages, forms and identities.CoreCollaborative Performance Making 2021-22DAN1027MLevel 42021-22Students will investigate the choreographic portfolio of a significant practitioner from the 20th or 21st Century, and use their choreographic process as an inspiration to develop an original choreographic work. The module gives an opportunity for students to work collaboratively with their peers and tutor, and students are asked to contribute to the choreography, set design, light, sound and costume design as part of this module. The work is usually performed at our annual public showcase in January, held in the LPAC theatre.CoreDance Anatomy 2021-22DAN1028MLevel 42021-22This module will provide a sound and detailed anatomical, physiological and kinesiological knowledge base for the students to support their technical training and help them better understand the functioning of the body in motion. Students will focus on the cardio-respiratory and neuromuscular systems, the module will aim to help them identify key aspects of kinesiology such as alignment, posture, muscle strength, developing flexibility, and how to utilise this knowledge for safe dance practice and physical progression.CoreDance Studies 1 2021-22DAN1029MLevel 42021-22This Semester A level 1 module will support the students in their transition into HE study by introducing necessary theoretical tools and methods of study required throughout the BA (Hons) Dance degree, and allow them to put these into practice. The focal area for this skills building will be around the introduction to, engagement with, and critical analysis of 21st Century dance works (live and recorded) and dance-based literature from key practitioners and writers. Students will also be introduced to the concepts of lineage, development and dance history as relevant to the rest of their degree course.CoreDance Technique 1 2021-22DAN1030MLevel 42021-22This module is aimed at initiating the development of acquiring physical techniques and body-based knowledge required of dance professionals. Students will be introduced to basic principles of safe dance practice and effective methods of warming up and cooling down. Within this module, students will develop an awareness of multiple contemporary dance techniques and will be encouraged to develop their strength, flexibility and coordination.CoreScreen Dance 2021-22DAN1022MLevel 42021-22Screen Dance gives students the opportunity to explore choreography off the stage and onto the screen. This module focuses on the creation of a dance work for video, exploring the use of the camera, editing as choreography and the transformation of movement through digital video technology. The module gives students the opportunity to storyboard, shoot and edit a short dance film, as well as document this process in a production dossier. Students can work in production teams to achieve a final video which explores choreography in a new and exciting way.CoreChoreo 2: An Ongoing Research and Performance Lab 2022-23DAN2025MLevel 52022-23Choreo 2: An Ongoing Research and Performance Lab builds on earlier choreography and technique modules and introduces contact improvisation as a movement form that challenges and develops the students responses to gravity, inertia and momentum, thus complimenting a technical and creative dance training by revealing new possibilities and relationships for questioning, moving and choreographing bodies in space.CoreChoreo 2: Space and Location 2022-23DAN2026MLevel 52022-23This module builds on the knowledge gained in Choreography 1 and aims to increase the dancers potential as a creative practitioner. Through studio practice sessions, students will be guided through a series of choreographic techniques and responses to set stimuli. Students will be asked to consider making work for theatre and non-theatre venues, and will explore the implications of performing in public or private spaces.CoreDance Contexts 2022-23DAN2027MLevel 52022-23Dance Contexts introduces a range of critical perspectives that help students analyse, interpret and discuss constructs of performance in more detail. The module opens up the idea that performance making and viewing is both an artistic and cultural activity, and starts to unpack what else there might be to look for and how else we might think about and discuss what is seen, to produce multiple readings of a work.CoreDance Studies 2 2022-23DAN2030MLevel 52022-23The Dance Studies 2 module will explore a range of methods and practice of research. Students will learn how to select appropriate methods and methodologies pertinent to their chosen research questions. The module allows students to explore, apply, analyse, evaluate and create knowledge with the objective of identifying and critically evaluating research.CoreDance Technique 2: Dance and Fitness 2022-23DAN2028MLevel 52022-23This module aims to introduce students to principles and concepts of fitness training alongside the development of their dance technique training. The content develops further upon the function of the major physiological systems addressed in the level 4 Dance Anatomy module. Students will embark on their own research projects that focus on safe and effective practice in dance technique as well as the needs of the training dancer.CoreDance Technique 2: Somatics 2022-23DAN2015MLevel 52022-23In Dance Technique and Somatics students may build on their technical and anatomical understanding from level one through the introduction of somatic practices. The purpose of introducing somatic practices into the second year of study is to help students become mindful of how the body is used, and to uncover thought process, attitudes and training practices that can both hinder and liberate their potential as dancers. The application of somatics facilitates a deeper understanding of the body and its systems in relation to its environment.CoreDigital Performance 2022-23DAN2019MLevel 52022-23This module focuses on the interdisciplinary field of digital performance. We define the term 'digital performance' broadly to include all performance works where computer technologies play a key role rather than a subsidiary one in content, techniques, aesthetics or delivery forms (Dixon, 2007, p3). It examines the intersection of digital media and performance in various contexts, such as interactive media on stage, biosensors and the body in performance, and social media and performance opportunities. By working with various digital technologies students can engage and explore practically how to make performance using these tools and new technologies.CoreMusic Theatre 2022-23MUS2012MLevel 52022-23Musical theatre is an interdisciplinary form. Those that perform it require a triple threat skill set (acting, singing, and dancing), and similarly those that produce it need to have an understanding of directing, choreography and composition/arrangement. In this module students will have the opportunity to develop and integrate their skills across these disciplines. While, there will be the option to incorporate both performance and production roles, students will be required to participate in and contribute to the development of material that encompasses acting, dancing, singing/music making. This work will take place in the context of a preparing a piece of Music Theatre (60-90 minutes in length) for public performance. The production itself may take various forms. For instance, it could be a production of an existing Musical, or it could be devised and developed by the group. Similarly, an existing libretto could be set to new Music or vice versa. These decisions will be made by the member of staff directing the production at the beginning of the module.OptionalPlacements (LSFPA) 2022-23DRA2051MLevel 52022-23The Placement module encourages students to engage with the creative industries beyond the University through an 80-hour placement with a business or organisation of their choosing. Through direct workplace experience, students may develop new skills, strengthen existing ones, establish valuable professional networks, and target future employment opportunities. Following the placement students are assessed via presentations where they reflect upon their professional development and the impact of their work with the partner organisation.OptionalStage Combat 2022-23DRA2037MLevel 52022-23This module aims to teach students the basics of engaging in stage combat and gives them the option of progressing to the Academy of Performance Combat Basic Three Weapon exam.OptionalStudy Abroad Dance 2022-23DAN2024MLevel 52022-23The Erasmus Exchange Programme is an optional module of study for the award of the BA Dance Degree. As part of the three-year course, some students may study for the duration of Semester B at the Norwegian College of Dance. The modules for study in Semester B are all practice based modules. The Erasmus Exchange enables participants to spend a semester at a Norwegian institution, to experience other approaches to the study of their own and others culture and history and the opportunity to experience living in another culture.OptionalThe Teaching Artist 2022-23DAN2029MLevel 52022-23Throughout this module students will develop and deepen their knowledge and practice of teaching and delivering dance in a ranger of practitioner settings. Students will practice, analyse and discuss various possible strategies for working in a variety of environments, including more challenging environments, such as integrated settings and with hard-to-reach groups. A range of established dance practitioners will share their practice over the course of the module, providing specialist insight into the many varied ways of engaging people in dance. This module has a strong industry-facing element, and will provide key knowledge and tools for students wanting to move toward teaching dance as part of their career.OptionalChoreo 3: Performance 2023-24DAN3020MLevel 62023-24This module builds on the knowledge gained in Choreo 2 and aims to prepare students for developing and realising a choreographic project tailored to their own interests and specialisms. Students will explore choreographic techniques in dance and physical theatre, and create two projects over the course of the year. Students will be guided through pre-production processes, including the design and delivery of an audition, as well as considerations of production design. The final projects will be performed in a public performance event, held in the LPAC theatre.CoreDance Company and Education 2023-24DAN3023MLevel 62023-24This module allows students to directly apply the skills acquired in technique, choreography and teaching. Students will form their own dance company and work with an artist to create a full length work. The company will embark on a small scale tour to perform their work and deliver educational workshops to schools/ colleges based on the repertoire. Students will be responsible for the organisation and management of the tour, adopting appropriate roles as part of the company.CoreDance Management and Production 2023-24DAN3024MLevel 62023-24The module will examine the current dance landscape in which students will explore key questions such as: What dance is being made? How is it being made? Who is it being made for? Students will analyse this information in order to identify gaps and trends within the current market to gain further understanding of what skills and knowledge may be required in order to successfully work within the dance industry.CoreDance Studies 3: Research Project 2023-24DAN3021MLevel 62023-24Dance Studies 3 requires students to complete an extended final year project and identify research questions pertinent to their own interest or specialism. Students will devise, plan, research, draft and complete their own individual research project on a subject of their own choosing in the field of Dance Studies. Students will have the option to conduct practice based, practice led research or a fully written thesis using appropriate academic conventions.CoreDance Technique 3: Performance and Leadership 2023-24DAN3025MLevel 62023-24In Dance Technique and Performance students have the opportunity to develop and explore a working practice of the technical skills and knowledge required to further an advanced understanding of dance technique. The module supports students to develop their unique potential as a mover and practitioner. Technique and Performance aims to demonstrate an understanding of artistic communication through acquisition and mastery of technical dance and presentation skills. The module aims to reveal a students individuality and creativity in technical performance, displaying personalised style, technical proficiency in placement, strength and flexibility, and centring. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their own technique teaching skills and develop an understanding of how to plan and deliver a dance technique class.Core

How you are assessed

Most modules on the course are assessed through practical performances and written work that takes the form of notebooks, analytical essays, case studies and reflective reports.

In the first year, assessment is 52.5% coursework and 47.5% practical exams. In the second year it is 50% coursework and 50% practical exams. In the third year it is 42.5% coursework and 57.5% practical exams.

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. The University of Lincolns policy is to ensure that staff return assessments to students promptly.

There are no written exams on the Dance programme. Most modules on the course are assessed through practical performances and written work that takes the form of notebooks, analytical essays, case studies and reflective reports.

In the first year, assessment is 52.5% coursework and 47.5% practical exams. In the second year it is 50% coursework and 50% practical exams. In the third year it is 42.5% coursework and 57.5% practical exams.

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. The University of Lincolns policy is to ensure that staff return assessments to students promptly.

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

Clothing for class = estimated £40 per year

Costumes for performances = estimated £20 for performance costumes

Kneepads= £10

The Lincoln Dance Collective and our third-year performance company both undertake an annual national tour. Please note that additional costs may apply.

There is currently a £150 cost to attend the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with The Lincoln Company. Students are responsible for their travel and general living costs.

Students are responsible for any travel, accommodation and general living costs during their work placement or term abroad.

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

Clothing for class = estimated £40 per year

Costumes for performances = estimated £20 for performance costumes

Kneepads= £10

The Lincoln Dance Collective and our third-year performance company both undertake an annual national tour. Please note that additional costs may apply.

There is currently a £150 cost to attend the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with The Lincoln Company. Students are responsible for their travel and general living costs.

Students are responsible for any travel, accommodation and general living costs during their work placement or term abroad.

Entry Requirements 2022-23

United Kingdom

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.

International

Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk

Entry Requirements 2021-22

United Kingdom

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.

International

Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk

Application Process

You can find out more about the current application process for Dance at the University of Lincoln by watching our video.

 

Industry Links

Fine and performing arts courses at Lincoln are delivered by a dedicated team of academic staff, many of whom have excellent industry links and considerable experience as practitioners and researchers in the arts. There are opportunities to work with guest lecturers and choreographers to create professional performance work.

A female dancer jumping into the air

Performance Opportunities

Opportunities for participation in performances include collaborations with staff, as well as with national and international choreographers and theatre companies. Students can audition for The Lincoln Company which has taken shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Regular opportunities to perform are available through our extracurricular performance company The Lincoln Dance Collective and our third-year performance company, which both undertake an annual national tour.

A female student being lifted into the air by others

Learning to Teach

Students are offered the option to study for the International Dance Teachers' Association (IDTA) Level 4 Diploma in Dance Teaching. This qualification provides a basis for students to progress into dance teaching in a variety of contexts. It is delivered in three units by a qualified IDTA trainer, covering anatomy and physiology, teaching planning and delivery, and safe dance practice. Training sessions are extracurricular and usually take place in the evenings or at weekends. Fees apply.  

A group of students all performing the same dance move

Facilities

Students can work and perform in the University’s on-campus Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, a £6 million, 450-seat professional theatre with industry-standard studio spaces. The Centre, part of a busy arts community, hosts professional performances alongside student productions.

Each student will receive event/performance credits which can be used against ticketed performances at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.

A view of the seating area from the stage in the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.

"During my time at Lincoln, I have had the opportunity to develop myself as a dancer, performer, and choreographer. What first attracted me to Dance at Lincoln was the variety of modules that were on offer, and I felt these would enable me to grow in all areas of my dance practice."

Charlotte Bennett, BA (Hons) Dance graduate

Career Opportunities

Dance graduates are well-placed for a wide variety of careers, including performance, choreography, community arts leadership, education, and arts management. The BA Hons Dance programme has most recently established a new relationship with Aakash Odedra Dance Company. Final year Dance students have the opportunity to audition to be part of the semi-professional graduate training programme Aakash Odedra 2. See website for more information.

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