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Performing Arts (Dance) HNC/HND

Course overview

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.

This course is ran by our partners Addict Dance Studios based in Leicester.


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 Enrichment: £200.

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)
  • Dance for Camera (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)
  • MT Jazz(Optional)

Other specialist units will be available and discussed at interview.

Work-based Learning

You will work on exhibition performance with industry professionals, experience a real-life studio environment, where communication, production working and deadline 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. Throughout the year, you will be required to audition for external projects with potential employers.


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



During my course I performed at many prestigious venues such as Drury Lane, Her Majesty’s Theatre and the 02 Arena. I was awarded a fully paid scholarship at Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama.

Megan Thompson-O’Connor



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