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Performing Arts

Performing Arts – Dance (Extended) Diploma Level 3

  • Course Type: Diploma/Certificate

What can this course lead to?

Successful completion of this course will allow you to progress to the HND in Performing Arts at The Eastern School of Performing Arts or study at prestigious performing arts schools. Previous students have gone on to study at establishments such as: Arts Ed, Guildford School of Acting, Urdang, Performers College, Bird College, Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama, Italia Conti, Liverpool Theatre School, Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and Stella Mann.

Progression to year 2 is subject to successful completion of year 1.

Who is it for?

A comprehensive dance course where you will develop a wide range of skills across multiple dance disciplines whilst advancing your individuality and performance technique, run at the Eastern School of Performing Arts (ESPA). Gain an excellent grounding to become a versatile dancer and develop your individuality and performance skills to allow you to progress to professional dance schools and employment. You will train across a variety of genres including: choreography, ballet, contemporary, jazz, commercial, musical theatre and tap.

You will develop your performance skills along with learning about the performing arts business. All assessments are written and developed to enable students to gain and develop skills whilst gaining a qualification. You will undertake an additional ABD Ballet Exam to support your progression to sought after colleges and/or universities and develop your technical skills. ABD qualifications are recognised by UCAS and contribute towards your points calculation.

ESPA provides industry experienced tutors for all their courses, enabling students to develop skills required for their next steps. The course is highly vocational and you will spend your days in the dance studio.

What is covered?

You will study the following units:

  • Principles of Performance
  • Engaging with an audience
  • Introduction to professional practice
  • Critical and contextual studies
  • Production skills and context
  • Performance skills and context
  • Preparation for specialist study
  • Collaborative Performance Project
  • Developing Performance and Production Skills
  • Preparing for progression
  • Exploration of specialist study and context
  • Extended Project

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

5 GCSEs at grades 4/C or above including English and Maths, and a successful audition at one of our audition days.

We will review each application on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suitable for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effective ‘6 weeks to success’ programme that operates from the first day you start your course. This includes support such as (but not limited to):

  • Allowing you to change courses if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks – subject to course availability
  • Moving you between course levels if you are finding your current level too easy / too hard – subject to course availability
  • One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieving well

You will be expected to commit to rehearsal schedules and some additional hours for performances. You will be required to wear uniform for classes as per the essential kit list provided before starting the course.

Our course enquiries and admissions team can be contacted at should you have any further questions. Alternatively contact the Principal at ESPA, Kelly Ann Gordon on 01780 767696 or

Start date: 02/09/2024

Course Code
Stamford College
2 Years

Full-time courses are fully funded for 16 to 18-year-olds. For age 19+, various funding options are available.

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kyle jackson

ESPA’s nurturing tutors shared industry knowledge, guiding us rightly. Now in my 3rd year at my dream school, Performers College, I’m astounded by my achievements, thanks to ESPA.

Kyle Jackson

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