Foundation & BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Dance and Performance
We are proud to be the only vocational ballet school offering the Foundation Degree leading to a BA (Hons) top-up in Professional Dance and Performance (validated by The University of Kent).
On completion of the Foundation Degree, students usually progress to the BA (Hons) top-up Degree, but in accordance to the published guidelines in the degree Programme Handbooks.
The degree rewards the high level of training and outstanding achievements of our students, giving graduates a qualification that is internationally recognised and respected.
The range and quality of our course gives the most complete and professional preparation for entering the world of professional dance, provided by international teachers who have performed for some of the world's leading dance companies.
“Each year of training I learnt more about dance and its different forms. This helped me understand how I could become the best possible dancer I wanted to be, how I could help others in the process and prepared me for the professional workspace.” Jacob Wye (Graduate 2012), Dancer, Ballet Black
In the first two years as a student you will work towards the Foundation Degree alongside optional AS and A levels.
During the 3rd and final year, students join our graduate touring company Ballet Central and work towards obtaining the BA (Hons) degree.
90% of the course is held in the studio and on-stage, and you will work towards becoming the best possible dancer you can and want to be.
The core discipline is Ballet, supported by Contemporary Dance and the following:
- Contextual Studies – Dance Research, Historical Context of Performance, Stagecraft
- Dalcroze Eurythmics
- Dance Studies
- Dancer in Training - Nutrition, Sport Psychology, Anatomy, Injury Prevention and Recovery
- Jazz Dance
- Professional Development - Goal setting, Audition Preparation, Career Planning
- Spanish Dance
- Study Skills – Reflective Practice, Critical Analysis
“Central taught me not only to build a strong balletic technique but also to develop a diverse range of dance styles and professional techniques.” Tom Broderick (Graduate 2013), Dancer, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Swan Lake Tour
Skills for the future
The BA (Hons) in Professional Dance and Performance provides value above and beyond your performing career. When graduating from Central you can be assured that while performing careers may come to an end, you will retain an internationally recognised qualification that will support your future career plans.
“After studying at Central from the age of 11, I went on to perform for Northern Ballet for 9 years dancing many lead roles across the world. I am now a professional photographer. My training at Central prepared me for not only my dance career but also helped me embark on my photography career.” Martin Bell, Photographer