BA (Hons) Dance

Programme Information

Title BA (Hons) Dance
Calendar September – June
Type Full-Time
Length 3 Years
Awarding Institution Liverpool John Moores University
Typical Class Size 22

About the Programme

The BA (Hons) degree in Dance is designed for individuals who wish to follow a highly vocational, broad based, and industry focused training and education programme so as to enable them to become highly creative, employable and empowered professional dancers and dance makers potentially working as:

  • Contemporary/Modern Dance Performers
  • Contemporary/Modern Dance Choreographers
  • Independent Dance Artists
  • Dancers and Performers for Musical Theatre
  • Commercial Dancers
  • Dance Animateurs

The programme develops in its students high levels of technical and creative skill across all the principle performance techniques - particularly ballet, contemporary/modern dance, jazz and commercial dance. The inclusion of acting techniques, singing and voice is to ensure as much flexibility and creative opportunity as possible.

What Makes the IAB BA (Hons) Dance Programme Special?

The programme is designed for individuals with passion, creativity, imagination and a real commitment to gaining and sustaining a lasting career as a performer. The programme provides the student with the opportunity to develop as an individual creative artist who is able to work and thrive in multiple contexts and environments.

The programme aims to create dance artists capable of working, as performers and choreographers across a range of styles and disciplines. The programme does not ultimately dictate a particular approach to performance, but rather gives its students the opportunity to develop as an independently minded creative practitioner with their own relationship to dance and performance.

Distinguishing Features of BA Dance
  • The focus on technique and performance, across a range of dance disciplines (Ballet, Contemporary/Modern, Jazz with Commercial).
  • One-to-one mentorship and coaching.
  • High teacher contact time.
  • Substantial performance opportunities in a variety of settings.
  • The development of individual creative identity as dance artist and choreographer.
  • The integration of performance, creation, technology and entrepreneurship.
  • A showcase presentation for UK and international agents, casting directors, directors and choreographers.
  • Being part of one of Europe's most creative and exciting Institutions with the opportunity to collaborate with artists from across the performing arts.
  • High quality experienced staff with substantial links across the dance sector.
  • The study location in Sitges, Barcelona is one of Europe's most lively cultural and innovative cities.
Overview of Programme Structure

The BA Hons Dance degree is delivered over three years and is made up of 180 European Credits (ECTS) and 360 UK Credits. The degree is fully compliant with the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) framework. The figures in brackets below are European Credits.

Course Content Description

The BA (Hons) Dance programme is highly practical and provides its students with the opportunity to learn through doing. Students take multiple dance technique and other practical classes each day (normally between three and five.

Students also develop analytical skills and knowledge of the business and broad cultural aspects of the performing arts through a programme of lectures and seminars.

As the programme progresses more time will be spent on public performance projects in the IAB theatre or elsewhere. Whilst technique classes continue throughout the three years of the degree, in the third year the programme essentially operates as a Dance Company with the creation of a number a major dance performance projects.

Although the programme is made up of separate units/modules of study the programme as a whole is integrated with different elements of study joining together and feeding into each other.

Core Studies

  • Ballet Technique and Performance
  • Contemporary/Modern Dance Technique and Performance
  • Jazz and Commercial Dance Technique and Performance
  • Choreography
  • Fitness and Health (Injury prevention, complimentary fitness training, applied anatomy)

Complementary Performance Studies

  • Singing and Acting Techniques

Professional Studies

  • Audition Techniques
  • Marketing and Promotion
  • Performing Arts Business and Professional Studies
  • Dance History and Analysis

Professional Studies

Central to the success of any programme is the quality of the teaching staff. All the staff who teach on the programme are experts in their field and have had successful careers as performers, choreographers and dance entrepreneurs. All Dance programmes involve a considerable number of visiting and guest artists who are currently dance or creating work with some of the world most prestigious companies and performers.

Resources and Technology

The Institute of the Arts is one of the best-resourced centres for the training and education of professional dancers. The IAB has 11 large dance studios totaling more than1,500m2. Each studio is equipped with sprung floors, ballet barres, mirrors, professional sound systems, piano and are fully air-conditioned. The IAB also has its own professional theatre and a small studio theatre.

In addition to this the IAB has digital audio facilities (for the making and recording of music), a comprehensive library with computers, and a range of other facilities, which support dance education and training.

Future Prospects

Graduates from the BA (Hons) in Dance programme will have all the key skills required for a sustainable career in the performing arts with a focus on contemporary, mainstream and popular dance forms.

Graduates will not only be a creative artists with a substantial portfolio of work behind them, but will also be a professional practitioner with the commercial and networking skills to go out and find work and make their own work.

As a Dance graduate from the Institute of the Arts they will be in a unique position. Not only will they have refined and defined skills in Dance but will also have professional knowledge and expertise in a range of other performing arts disciplines.

The degree will also allow them to progress on to further postgraduate / Master degree studies in Europe and the USA.

Who Is the Programme For?

The BA (Hons) Dance programme is designed for creative and ambitious dancers / dance artists who are committed to gaining and sustaining a career in dance performance and creation, across a range of performance styles, but principally contemporary and modern dance.

To be awarded a place on the Dance programme you will need to demonstrate strong dance technical skills, creativity and imagination, passion and determination, leadership skills and very importantly openness to learning and experimentation.

The programme is designed for students who have had substantial prior experience in dance.

The IAB offers two BA (Hons) programmes in Dance.

The BA (Hons) Dance degree is designed for students who wish to develop and work as performers, artists and choreographers across a broad range of styles and techniques (ballet, contemporary/modern, jazz and commercial).

The BA (Hons) Commercial Dance degree is designed for students who wish to develop their careers solely within the commercial and entertainment dance industries.

English Language Requirement

All of our programmes are taught and assessed in English.

Foundation Certificates: IELTS 5.5 BA and MA degrees: IELTS 6.5

Students applying from countries where English is the main language do not need IELTS qualifications

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HOW TO APPLY

Applying is Simple

We make applying to our programmes as simple as possible. We highly recommend that you visit us and talk to our lecturers and take a tour of our facilities. We are open every week day except for public holidays and the month of August. Please contact apply@iabarcelona.es to make an appointment.

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STEP ONE – APPLICATION FORM AND FEE

Download the application form and fill it out accurately. The form is a PDF document that will need to be emailed back to us:

You do not need to send copies of your qualifications or references at this time. The application must be filled out in English. Please use Adobe Acrobat Reader (free) to fill out your application form. Mac users – do not use the “Preview” application.

A €50 audition fee will need to paid before the audition. You can pay for the audition fee with a credit card here:

The application form and fee is due 4 weekdays before an audition.
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STEP TWO – CHOOSE AND ATTEND AN AUDITION

If you meet, or will meet, the requirements of the programme, you will need to attend an audition as part of the application process. At the audition, bring a photograph of yourself with your name clearly marked on the back, along with copies of your qualifications achieved to date.

The Institute holds auditions and interviews in multiple locations throughout the year. You will need to choose an audition date and place for your application form. Upcoming dance auditions are listed at the bottom of this page.

Detailed information regarding the audition will be emailed to you after receipt of your application form and audition fee. The auditions are open to anyone who will be at least 18 years old by the 31st of December of the year of enrolment in our programmes.

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STEP THREE – ACCEPT THE OFFER

About 2 weeks after your audition we will contact you. Should you be offered a place at the Institute, you will be asked to email us to let us know if you would like to take up the offer and to pay a one-off Registration Fee of €350. The offer letter will also contain a Fact Sheet setting out the payment plan for the Deposit and the Programme Fee instalments.

Upon receipt of the Registration Fee, you will be sent an enrolment pack as well as accommodation information and you will be given the name of a staff member who will support you through the rest of the process.

What We Look For in a Prospective Student

Enthusiasm for, and commitment to the performing arts or media

Through your application form and in your interview you need to show us tangible evidence of your enthusiasm for and commitment to a career in the media & performing arts. This can be shown in any number of ways. Indeed every applicant will be different. As an example you could talk about what performing arts activities you have done and are doing, you could talk about who inspires you, you could detail any research you have done to progress your planned career. We know that some of you live in cities with access to a lot of performing arts – what have you seen? Some of you do not have such easy access, so what else have you done?

Subject specific skills

Each of the programmes require a specific set of base skills. It is highly unlikely that for BA programmes or above we will accept students with no or limited previous experience, this is particularly true of the performing programmes (Acting, Dance, Music, Musical Theatre). We do not expect you to be perfect (why would you do a degree if you were?) but rather be able to demonstrate the core skills that will enable you to take full advantage of what we can offer you.

Intellectual capacity

The qualifications we offer at the Institute are at the same level as any other University or institute of higher education. You need to demonstrate to us that you have the intellectual capacity to fully engage with the programmes. This is normally demonstrated to us by your achievement in your previous qualifications. Mature students (over 24) without prior academic qualification may be given the opportunity to demonstrating their capacity through the production of some written material specifically for us. If you think you fit into this category please contact us.

Programme Fees and Schedule

  • Audition Fee
    €50 non-refundable One time payment. Due 4 days before your audition.
  • Registration Fee
    €350 non-refundable One time payment. Due 1 month after receipt of offer letter.
  • Deposit
    €2000 EU/EEA and Rest of World £2000 UK Non-refundable and only applicable for new admissions. (Counts toward programme fee.)
  • Programme Fee (includes deposit)
    €7700 Spain Residents* €9950 EU/EEA Residents €14000 others £8750 UK Residents

*To qualify as a Spanish resident, you must:

a) have lived in Spain 6 months prior to your Application

AND

b) be a Spanish citizen or hold a Spanish Residence Certificate or Card for the same length of time or more.

Attending the programme does not entitle you to the Spanish resident fee in subsequent years of attendance.

Important Information

Non-EU/EEA Students Visa Requirement

If you are not a resident of the EU or EEA, you will need to apply for a Spanish student visa. It is your responsibility to apply for this visa and it is very important that you start your visa application process early as it can take a long time. Consult the nearest Spanish embassy or consulate for more information.

Equal Opportunity

The Institute of the Arts Barcelona welcomes applications from disabled students. It is important that you let us know in the application process whether you have any long term disability which could impact on your studies so that we can prepare for you.

Questions?

If after reading this application procedure and you feel unsure about certain aspects of it, we will be happy to assist you. Email your questions to: apply@iabarcelona.es

AUDITIONS

Choose an audition that suits your schedule from this list and enter the place and date on your application form.

Chicago
TIME:
10AM – 2PM
PLACE:
Lou Conte Dance Studio
WEBSITE:
www.hubbardstreetdance.com/loucontedancestudio
ADDRESS:
1147 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, Ill 60607
TELEPHONE:
(323) 633-6536
contact
Jessica Hallam, US Talent Scout
Los Angeles
TIME:
2 – 6PM
PLACE:
Edge Performing Arts Studio
WEBSITE:
www.edgepac.com
ADDRESS:
6300 Romaine St., Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90038
TELEPHONE:
(323) 633-6536
contact
Jessica Hallam, US Talent Scout
Manchester
TIME:
10:00 - 15:00
PLACE:
Studio 25
WEBSITE:
www.studio25manchester.com
ADDRESS:
25 Church Street
Manchester M4 1PE
London
TIME:
10:00 - 15:00
PLACE:
Pineapple Studios
WEBSITE:
www.pineapple.uk.com
ADDRESS:
7 Langley Street
Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9JA
Barcelona
TIME:
9:00 for Dance, Commercial Dance, Singing and Musical Theatre;
14:00 for Acting
PLACE:
Institute of the Arts Barcelona
WEBSITE:
www.iabarcelona.com
ADDRESS:
C/ Ramon Dalmases 18
08870 Sitges
Spain
Glasgow
TIME:
10:00 - 14:00
PLACE:
UK Theatre School
WEBSITE:
uktheatreschool.com
ADDRESS:
4 West Regent Street
Glasgow G2 1RW
Barcelona
TIME:
9:00 for Dance, Commercial Dance, Singing and Musical Theatre;
14:00 for Acting
PLACE:
Institute of the Arts Barcelona
WEBSITE:
www.iabarcelona.com
ADDRESS:
C/ Ramon Dalmases 18
08870 Sitges
Spain
Bristol
TIME:
14:00 - 17:00
PLACE:
Dance Station
WEBSITE:
www.dancestation.org.uk
ADDRESS:
Alexandra Park
Fishponds
Bristol BS16 2 BG
Dublin
TIME:
10:00 - 14:00
PLACE:
Dance Ireland
WEBSITE:
www.danceireland.ie
ADDRESS:
1 Foley Street
Dublin 1
Manchester
TIME:
10:00 - 15:00
PLACE:
Studio 25
WEBSITE:
www.studio25manchester.com
ADDRESS:
25 Church Street
Manchester M4 1PE
London
TIME:
9:00 - 12:00 for Dance; 16:00 - 19:00 for Musical Theatre
PLACE:
Pineapple Studios
WEBSITE:
www.pineapple.uk.com
ADDRESS:
7 Langley Street
Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9JA
Barcelona
TIME:
9:00 for Dance, Commercial Dance, Singing and Musical Theatre;
14:00 for Acting
PLACE:
Institute of the Arts Barcelona
WEBSITE:
www.iabarcelona.com
ADDRESS:
C/ Ramon Dalmases 18
08870 Sitges
Spain
Lisbon
TIME:
17:00 - 20:00
PLACE:
EDSAE
WEBSITE:
www.edsae.com
ADDRESS:
Edifício Amoreiras Plaza
Rua Silva Carvalho, nº 321 Loja M
1250-252 Lisboa
Barcelona
TIME:
9:00 for Dance, Commercial Dance, Singing and Musical Theatre;
14:00 for Acting
PLACE:
Institute of the Arts Barcelona
WEBSITE:
www.iabarcelona.com
ADDRESS:
C/ Ramon Dalmases 18
08870 Sitges
Spain
Manchester
TIME:
12:00 - 16:00
PLACE:
Studio 25
ADDRESS:
25 Church St, Manchester M4 1PE
London
TIME:
10:00 - 14:00
PLACE:
The Place (Studio 8)
WEBSITE:
theplace.org.uk
ADDRESS:
17 Duke's Road, London WC1H 9PY
Berlin
TIME:
10:00 - 15:00
PLACE:
TheaterHaus Mitte
WEBSITE:
thbm.de
Porto
TIME:
10:00 - 14:00
PLACE:
Conservatório Vocare
WEBSITE:
http://conservatoriovocare.wordpress.com
ADDRESS:
Rua D. João IV 667
Rés do Chão
Copenhagen
TIME:
10:00 - 15:00
PLACE:
Copenhagen Dance Space
WEBSITE:
http://copenhagendancespace.dk
ADDRESS:
v. Josefin Bjerkensjö, København
Stockholm
TIME:
9:00 - 14:00
PLACE:
Danscentrum Stockholm
WEBSITE:
http://danscentrum.se
ADDRESS:
Jungfrugatan 7B
114 44 Stockholm
Munich
TIME:
10:00 - 14:00
PLACE:
Munich International Ballet School
WEBSITE:
www.mi-ballet-school.de
ADDRESS:
Marsstraße 40
80335 München
Oslo
TIME:
9:30 - 12:30
PLACE:
Norges Dansehøyskole
WEBSITE:
http://ndh.no
ADDRESS:
Borgatta 7
0650 Oslo
Norway
Helsinki
TIME:
17:00 - 19:00
PLACE:
Step Up (2nd Floor)
WEBSITE:
www.stepupschool.fi
ADDRESS:
Kaikukatu 4, 00530 Helsinki
Barcelona
TIME:
9:00 for Dance, Commercial Dance, Singing and Musical Theatre;
14:00 for Acting
PLACE:
Institute of the Arts Barcelona
WEBSITE:
www.iabarcelona.com
ADDRESS:
C/ Ramon Dalmases 18
08870 Sitges
Spain
Barcelona
TIME:
9:00 for Dance, Commercial Dance, Singing and Musical Theatre;
14:00 for Acting
PLACE:
Institute of the Arts Barcelona
WEBSITE:
www.iabarcelona.com
ADDRESS:
C/ Ramon Dalmases 18
08870 Sitges
Spain
Barcelona
TIME:
9:00 for Dance, Commercial Dance, Singing and Musical Theatre;
14:00 for Acting
PLACE:
Institute of the Arts Barcelona
WEBSITE:
www.iabarcelona.com
ADDRESS:
C/ Ramon Dalmases 18
08870 Sitges
Spain