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Overview - UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in dance

Whatever your favourite dance style - ballet, jazz, urban or contemporary - your skills and technical ability will benefit from this course, which is ideal for anyone considering a dance-focused career. During your studies, you will develop your understanding of a wide range of dance disciplines, styles and approaches. You will also gain an
insight into the range of career paths available, and enjoy opportunities to enhance your learning experience by working with visiting professional dancers and choreographers.

What will I be doing? 

The course has regular technique classes in ballet, jazz, contemporary and urban dance where you will work on your placement, flexibility and strength. In other areas of the programme the focus will be on developing your creative and choreographic skills, and you will have the opportunity to develop your talents as you work to put on a series of performances (across a range of styles) each term. 

Our project-based learning approach will enable you to develop your skills through workshops, assignments and projects. You will also work alongside students of other disciplines to put on a series of performances during the teaching year, including annual Dance showcases and Final Major Projects. You will benefit from
masterclasses, workshops and visits from external industry professionals, and carry out work experience both internally and externally across the wider performing arts community both within Liverpool and beyond.

What will I study? 

The UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance is equivalent to three A-Levels and suitable for progression onto Higher Education. You will study a range of projects such as Dance Techniques, Rehearsing and Performing, and Musical Theatre Dance Styles and you will also explore the background to these in Context lessons. During your studies, you will also develop your interpersonal, critical and decision-making abilities,
which are essential skills for your future career.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Are there any extra-curricular activities? 

We offer a range of enrichment opportunities to complement your Dance studies, which, in previous years, have included tap classes, urban/street dance, choir, drama and improvisation. Our students also regularly undertake trips to local theatres such as the Liverpool Empire and further afield, such as to Manchester and London.

What could I do next? 

You will be equipped to apply for Higher Education or to seek employment in the creative and performing arts industry. Related career paths might include performing on stage, in music videos, as a backing dancer, or as a choreographer. Previous students have gone on to study at a range of HE institutions, including The Arden, Bird College, Edge Hill University, Institute of the Arts Barcelona, Italia Conti, LIPA, Liverpool John Moores University, London Studio Centre and Middlesex University.