Commercial Dance Degree

BA (Hons) Commercial Dance


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Commercial Dance degree that gives you the competitive edge

Is your goal to perform as a touring dancer for your favourite artist, or perhaps working on music videos, tv and film appearances? 

Our BA (Hons) Commercial Dance programme at the IAB is one of the few in the world that will truly prepare you with all you need to become a professional commercial dancer. Our dedicated three-year degree is dance programme at it’s core that explores all the current dance styles required to be as employable as possible.


3 academic years full time

Validated by

Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Start Date

16 September, 2024



Programme Name

Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Commercial Dance

Programme Leader

Anthony Trahearn

Programme Specification

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Versatility in styles is key for any commercial dancer

You will explore a wide variety of styles in the commercial dance world. Core technical classes (ballet and jazz) will build a strong foundation, while Commercial Dance classes will give you the different skillsets the industry expects of you as a performer.

The Commercial Dance Styles module explores a number of styles:

commercial jazz

Jazz Dance

Jazz dance is a core technique on the course. Elements of established jazz techniques such as Matt Mattox and Luigi are studied alongside current commercial jazz choreography.

hip hop classes

Hip Hop/Funk Foundations

Hip-Hop and funk styles are fundamental components of commercial dance. Dance styles such as locking, house, popping and new style Hip Hop choreography are key components of the programme.


Vogue femme and Waacking have become an integral part of the commercial dance industry and are also featured within the commercial dance module.

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Class Schedule

During your commercial dance training will be taking core classes each year and some additional classes to help you grow as a commercial dancer:

COre Classes
Additional Year 1
Additional Year 2
Additional Year 3

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Making your dance resume skills stand out
Develop your aerial and acro technique

Experience in Aerial and Acrobatic is increasingly being requested in the Commercial Dance industry. These skills will add an exciting dimension to your resume. The Insititue of the Arts Barcelona theatre is fully equipped with an aerial rig, which allows our students to showcase their skills to a live audience.

The class will include working from a foundation through to an advanced level in silks, hoop, static trapeze and basic acrobatics.

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Industry week

During your third year a you will get a week dedicated to putting you in front of agents, managers and international casting directors. You will have the chance to audition for them and participate in masterclasses.

In addition, we will bring in professional videographers to film material to help you create your own dance showreel.


We invite industry-working choreographers to choreograph pieces for the shows, teach classes in specific styles and provide insight into what the industry currently demands. It’s a great chance to start building your professional network.


In addition to your dance training, you will get classes on how to build your performer resume, choose the perfect headshot, negotiate with agents and build networking skills.

Learn how to dance for the camera

Dance film project

During your second year you will be part of a dance film project. You will have a chance to learn how to dance for camera, how to hit your marks and proper etiquette on set.

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How To Apply

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Live Audition

During the live audition you will take part in a number of different dance techniques classes:

  • Ballet
  • Commercial
  • Jazz
  • Contemporary


One-to-One Interview

You will have a one-to-one meeting with our staff.

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Entry criteria

Successful audition, IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, and the national university entry academic qualification of your country equivalent to 104 UK Tariff points or 24 points from an International Baccalaureate. Mature applicants without recognised university entry-level academic qualifications are assessed on their experience to date. 

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*We are now accepting video auditions for our waiting list

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Fees and Funding
Tuition Fees are paid to the Institute of the Arts Barcelona. All financial arrangements are with the IAB, and not with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). 
European & UK Students

€11,400 annual tuition fee

With an additional €500 registration fee and €80 health clinic membership.

International Students

€16,900 annual tuition fee

With an additional €500 registration fee and €80 health clinic membership.

Check out our Fees and Scholarship page to learn about our fees, funding and scholarship opportunities.

A graduation will be arranged by the IAB for all graduating students. Further information is provided directly to graduating students. 
Award Certificate

The Award Certificate and Transcript of Studies are issued by Liverpool John Moores University.

Our BA (Hons) Dance programme prepares you for a career in contemporary dance, with all of the technical, academic and vocational skills needed to pursue a sustainable and satisfying career in dance.

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