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Performing Arts (Dance) HNC/HND

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

This course is based at Addict Dance Academy in Leicester. The aim of this course is to give you the dance technique you will require to sustain a professional career in dance. This full-time course is an intensive mix of studio practice, supported by research, professional dance workshops, external lectures, guest speakers, dance agency workshops and performances. The course places industry at its core, giving you regular opportunities to work alongside artists for dance videos, national competitions, TV work and community dance, all of which will give you a real-life insight in to the demands and reality of the dance industry.


  • HNC: 1 year 
  • HND: 2 years 

Contact Time (per week): 5 days

Validated by: Pearson Edexcel via Addict Dance Academy

UCAS Course Code: 1A70

UCS Course Code: HCDACAP


What Does The Programme Include

Your technique classes will be taught by Professional Dancers who are currently active in the industry working with, Rita Ora, Cheryl Cole, Mariah Carey, as well as on The Voice and X Factor.

You will develop yourself outside of the studio by creating a professional profile and dance reel ready for your auditions and for networking with agencies. You will prepare your body, mind and thinking for your auditions and chosen career paths and refine your skills in all dance genres.

Entry Requirements

• 80 UCAS points

• Prior knowledge and skills in performing arts

• An audition which can include a commercial, jazz and ballet class, a singing demonstration, a physical assessment and a one-to-one interview

How The Course Will Be Assessed

Assessments will be conducted through real-life experiences with professional choreographers and employers, as well as performances, workshops, mixed media portfolios, presentations and reflective writing. Your technique and background knowledge of each dance style will be rigorously examined by your teachers and together you will refine your skills and knowledge in commercial, ballet, tap, musical theatre, jazz, urban, contemporary, lyrical, cabaret, point work and singing.

Fees, Finance & Funding

£6,500 per year. Uniform: £165 Trips and visits: £100.

Potential Future Career

Successful completion of this course will provide you with the qualifications required to top-up’ to a full Bachelor’s Degree at university in just one year. Acceptance on to these courses is at the discretion of the institution offering the top-up (for more information please see page 8).

You could also enter the dance industry. Former graduates have successfully gained employment on the West End, on cruise ships, at Disneyland Paris, on European tours with artists such as Stefflon Don, and as freelance dancers and teachers and professional singers in LA.

Course Content

Year 1

  • The Performing Arts Industry (Core)
  • Professional Development (Core)
  • Ballet 1 (Specialist)
  • Jazz Dance 1 (Optional)
  • Contemporary Dance 1 (Optional)
  • Commercial Dance 1 (Optional)
  • Tap 1 (Optional)
  • Ensemble Singing (Optional)

Year 2

  • Creative Research Project (Core)
  • Working in the Performing Arts Industry (Core)
  • Ballet 2 (Specialist)
  • Jazz Dance 2 (Optional)
  • Contemporary Dance 2 (Optional)
  • Commercial Dance 2 (Optional)
  • Tap 2 (Optional)

Other specialist units will be available and discussed at interview.

Work-based Learning

You will work on a product for exhibitional output, and experience a real-life studio environment, where communication, production working and deadlines mirror industry practice. You will develop soft skills in team management and production, whilst gaining a professional outlook to your career.

You will perform in the Agency Showcase at the end of the year, where by you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your physical skills to potential agents, as well as having the opportunity to network with them after your show.


Addict Dance Academy has three professional standard dance studios, classrooms, changing facilities and a student common room. There are also strong links with local theatres for external practice.


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The course has developed my performance technique and with support from the College I successfully auditioned and appeared on BBC Doctors.

Ryan Chapman



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