MA Dance

Programme Information

Title MA Dance
Calendar September - June
Type Full-Time
Length 1 Year
Awarding Institution Liverpool John Moores University


The MA Dance programme at the IAB is designed for professional dance artists who wish to transition to the next stage of their career. The MA dance, through an immersive and intensive experience, helps its students to expand and explore new territories and to define and then refine their own personal informed and creative approach to dance performance and choreography. The MA Dance aims to create rigorous and empowered creative performers and dance makers and acts as an incubator for talent.

Download the Programme Specification here.

Programme Aims
The aim of the programme is to support and develop a new generation of creative dancers and choreographers who can make a contribution to the development of dance. More specifically the programme aims to develop individuals who can:

  • Create challenging, innovative performances which respond dynamically and imaginatively to diverse context, settings and stimuli
  • Demonstrate, through practice, a rigorous research led understanding of contemporary critical thinking surrounding dance and performance
  • Demonstrate a clear and embodied understanding of diverse dance technique and its relationship to performance
  • Demonstrate an empowered entrepreneurial outlook to creative practice

Unique Features of the Programme
The MA Dance programme has a number of distinguishing features:

  • The substantial opportunity to experiment, explore and expand, and create new dance work, in a stimulation and highly supportive creative environment
  • The opportunity to develop as creative, informed and empowered and technical dance performers
  • Its relationship with the partner MA Acting
  • Its unique synthesis of dance technique, choreographic practice and critical thinking
  • Its student centred, individual research approach to teaching and learning
  • The one to one mentoring and coaching

Teaching and Learning Strategies
The MA Dance (Choreography and Performance) is committed to a student centred approach with a strong emphasis on action research. The majority of student’s time will be spent in practical workshop and laboratory sessions exploring the principles and practices of dance technique, performance and choreography. Students will explore repertoire from leading practitioners or lead a number of dance theatre performances as choreographer and performer. The programme will include specific and focused lecture programmes exploring the history, theory and context of global dance theatre production. This will run parallel to a comprehensive programme of lectures and workshops in creative dance theatre producing.


The MA Dance consists of seven modules and is made up of 90 ECTS units (180 UK credits). The programme starts in September each year.

This module provides the students with the ability to contextualize and evaluate their own work and the work of others. Through this module students will critically engage with a range of theoretical and conceptual approaches relevant to contemporary performance practice. The module is also designed to support the student in the development of Master level research and writing skills. (10 ECTS Units)

This module provides students with a clear and practical understanding of theatre producing in a variety of contexts. Creative Theatre Producing is not explored as an abstract concept but as a set of real-world practical skills that will enable the students to take their creative and artistic vision to fruition. (10 ECTS Units)

This module focuses on developing the student´s understanding of the relationship between the performance and the performance space, design and technology. The subject is explored through both practice (interrogating performance texts to explore design possibilities) and theory (exploring the various theories surrounding mise-en-scène, text, choreography and performance). (5 ECTS Units)

These modules introduce students to a range of diverse and challenging concepts and practices in dance and performance technique. The module is grounded in ballet and contemporary dance but will also allow the students to access new/alternative dance skills and techniques. It is designed to both enhance the student´s current technical skills and importantly explore new and emerging dance techniques from across the world. Through these modules students undertake daily classes either with other students or in specialist. The module will involve the student participating in a range of diverse dance performances frequently led by leading international guest artists. (15 ECTS Units)

CHOREOGRAPHY LABORATORY 1 - Process and Methodology
This module provides the students with a broad introduction to the principles and practices of choreographic composition and techniques. It aims to help the student gain a solid understanding of working practices and the technical and human processes of taking an idea through to performance. The module provides the conceptual and practical underpinning for the module ´Choreography and Performance Workshop. (10 ECTS Units)

CHOREOGRAPHY LABORATORY 2 - Consolidated Practice
This module is designed to provide the students with the opportunity to work with both established and emerging choreographic talent and exploring their diverse approaches to creative choreographic practice. The module concludes with the students presentation of a choreographic concert of the work they developed during their studies as part of their process of developing their signature style / methodology. (10 ECTS Units)

The Final project is the culmination of the programme. The project allows each student to undertake a substantial and sustained body of practical, creative performance work with capitalizes on their experience, learning and aspirations and intentions as an artist. Each student has the opportunity to negotiate their own plan and strategy for their studies. The Final project is shared between all MA students at the IAB and it is hoped that the project will see collaboration across the MA community.

It is anticipated that the Final Project on the MA Dance will result in the collaborative production of a range performance projects to be performed at the IAB and potentially internationally. (30 ECTS Units)

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Applying for the MA programme is simple. It is important for the Institute to get to know applicants for its MA programmes very well. The application process is straight-forward.



In the first instance, applicants are asked to fill in the MA application form and attach a personal statement detailing their creative aspirations and reasons for wishing to join the MA programme. You can download the MA application form here:

A €50 application fee must be paid along with your application form. You can pay for it here:



On receipt of the application form and application fee, we will contact each applicant and they will be invited to meet the MA team at our campus to discuss their application and explore in more detail their learning and career aspirations.

If you are unable to attend in person, we can arrange for a video review. Please let us know.

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The MA Dance Programme is designed for mature, adventurous and ambitious dance artists who wish to develop/transition their career. The MA Dance programme is designed for those with considerable prior experience of dance and dance technique. The experience may come from professional dance training, undergraduate studies in the performing arts, or professional theatre experience.


Depending on choices made through the programme students may go on to careers across a broad spectrum of dance practice. This includes:

  • Choreographers (commercial or contemporary)
  • Performers
  • Dance animateurs
  • Dance teachers and facilitators
  • Dance Programmers / administrators

Applicants are normally required to have achieved a University degree in an area related to the performing arts. Those who hold unrelated degrees are also encouraged to apply if they can demonstrate substantial levels of performing arts experience as a theatre maker or performer. Applicants without degrees may apply if they are able to demonstrate that they have substantial and directly relevant professional or professional-level work experience (normally three years minimum).


All of our programmes are taught and assessed in English.

MA degrees: IELTS 6.5

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


Application Fee: €50
(Due together with the Application Form.)

Registration Fee: €350
Due no later than 1 month after receipt of offer letter.
(one time payment, non-refundable)

Deposit: €2000
(Counts towards programme fee)

Programme Fees
Spain Residents*: €7700
EU Residents: €9950
All Others: €14000

Financial Ability
Students must ensure that before commencing their course that they have sufficient financial resources to cover fees and living expenses throughout their course.

*To qualify as a Spanish resident, you must:

a) have lived in Spain 6 months prior to your Application,
b) be a Spanish citizen or hold a Spanish Residence Certificate or Card for the same length of time or more.