Advanced Dance Performance MA

Postgraduate Certificate / Master's Degree

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Develop your dance practice by being part Dance City’s postgraduate company, The Collective. Create new and exciting work, led by nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographers and get taught by leading arts practitioners and educators.


This MA is offered by North East dance organisation, Dance City, in partnership with the University of Sunderland. The course is based at the Dance City Sunderland studios, with visits throughout the year to Dance City Newcastle studios and theatre.

The course lasts 38-weeks and is a practice-based qualification that offers new and recent dance graduates the opportunity to develop their dance practice and technique, learn and develop choreography, and perform in work by leading choreographers.

The course has a broad and current approach, which includes physical theatre and experimental forms, and is designed to produce strong, highly employable dancers who will be able to work in a range of settings.

The focus of this MA is for the dancing of the students to meet the public. The primary vehicle for this is ‘The Collective’, Dance City’s touring company. The Collective creates work that is physically captivating and relevant today, presented in theatres across the country as well as in offsite locations and through digital platforms. There are opportunities to engage with a range of partner venues and participants through the wraparound work of the company.

Dance technique:

  • Advanced technical training in ballet and a number of contemporary dance forms
  • Complementary techniques – pilates, yoga, and visiting artists who provide up-to-date material including kuchipudi, voguing and contact improvisation

Dance performance:

  • Development and performance of three newly commissioned works each year
  • Touring of created works
  • Offsite/digital performance work, created with the company

Professional contexts:

  • Development and realisation of a choreographed work, delivery of teaching sessions or a cross-arts project (film, installation etc).
  • One-to-one tutoring with an experienced member of staff.

Why us?

  • Access state of the art facilities at Dance City
  • As a University of Sunderland student, you will also benefit from all of the University facilities and support on offer
  • Increase your earning and employability potential
  • Learn from leading sector professionals

Course structure

All three modules on the MA Advanced Dance Performance take a longitudinal approach with assessment points throughout the year of study. Individual progress, personal development and future employability underpin the delivery and are at the heart of all teaching and learning. As the course prioritises physical and technical development, the modules in Advanced Dance Technique and Advanced Dance Performance are worth 70 credits each.

The modules complement each other and it is expected that you use a cross-curricula approach to all aspects of their learning. For example, classical ballet is taught as a core technique in the Advanced Dance Technique module, however you will not be performing classical ballet pieces when touring, rather you are expected to use the knowledge gained in classical sessions to enhance your contemporary work and to draw on the choreographic explorations required in the Advanced Dance Performance module. By using this approach you are developing an embodied and deep understanding of your technical options and gaining an advanced awareness of your own physicality. Classical ballet is also an important requirement for dancers when auditioning for work with professional companies and so is considered a relevant and realistic employability skill.

Practical sessions are led by highly experienced tutors who are experts in their fields. Detailed and in depth physical exploration into practical concepts is explored and the application of feedback is a necessary part of the learning throughout the course. Tasks are specifically designed to enable you to discover and understand links between techniques, choreographic ideas and abstract concepts. You will be given individual and group feedback which you will critically evaluate in relation to your own physicality and apply it appropriately to your practical work.

As the course progresses you are expected to problem solve and adapt your practices more confidently. Tutors become increasingly removed from technical problem solving and you are expected to apply your knowledge with more awareness of your body and to make positive decisions about artistic style. You are always supported throughout the course but it is vital that you begin to trust your own judgement and this is encouraged as the course evolves.

The course focuses heavily on continuous assessment. You are expected to develop reflective skills using a journal or video diary to assist you in evaluating and analysing your own development. All performances are live graded. At the end of the Advanced Dance in Performance module you will submit a show reel for assessment while the Professional contents module is assessed against the learning outcomes in a mode which you select.

ear 1 (national level 7):

  • Advanced Dance Technique (70 credits), and:

  • Advanced Dance in Performance (70 credits)

The Advanced Dance Technique module and the Advanced Dance in Performance module significantly inform each other and the interplay between technique and choreography are acknowledged and developed through a holistic approach to your individual development. The ability to select contemporary and classical techniques appropriate to each choreographic work is a key feature of this programme and is a realistic and important aspect of employability.

  • Professional Contexts (40 credits)

The Professional Contexts module assesses you against the learning outcomes in a mode which you select. For example, if a choreographic work is devised as the final project this will be assessed, if a lecture demonstration is delivered, this will be assessed. This flexibility in approach ensures that your individual learning and goals are recognised and allows you to take control of your own development.


The course is delivered at Dance City Sunderland in the city centre. The building was officially opened in 2018 and is a restored Fire Station, built in 1907. Dance City occupies two of the studios. The group makes frequent visits to Dance City Newcastle across the duration of the year.

You will also access the library, a range of student support services, student accommodation and generous scholarships through the University of Sunderland.

Career ready

You will develop advanced skills and an understanding about working at an advanced level as a professional dance artist or practitioner in a range of contexts such as health, education and community engagement. You will leave this course with the knowledge required to work at the highest level in the dance sector.

Dance City

Dance City is a vibrant and friendly place where people come together to take part, enjoy, experience and talk about dance; where professional and aspiring dancers meet, learn and train; somewhere to watch world-class dance performances and somewhere for everyone to come along and get involved in dance.

People come to Dance City to socialise, learn new skills, keep fit and active, train professionally and find out more about dance.

This all takes place in purpose-built dance studios in both Newcastle and Sunderland. You’ll be based at the Dance City Sunderland studios, with visits to the Dance City Newcastle studios throughout the year.

What can I expect to develop?

  • Improved dance technique across a variety of styles
  • An advanced understanding of the choreographic practice
  • An advanced understanding of how to work with choreographers
  • An advanced understanding of how to work as part of a team/company
  • An advanced understanding of creative choreographic input within a company
  • An on-going understanding of the dance touring landscape and opportunities
  • The capability to reflect on learning and express this knowledge to others
  • A deeper understanding of current choreographic/dance trends
  • Ability to absorb different learning methodologies and embody them


the tuition fee is yet to be determined.


If English is not your first language you should have at least one of the following qualifications (or equivalent) as a minimum.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

You need an overall score of 6.0, with at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) will also be accepted if the applicant’s element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS. After 6 April 2015, you must take your IELTS exams at one of the test centres listed on the UKVI website.

Pearson Test of English Academic

You need an overall score of 59 with no less than 59 in each skill.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

You need grade C or above.

Cambridge Certification in Advanced English (CAE)

You need grade C or above.




26 January 2022 – UCAS deadline

Applications for all UCAS Undergraduate courses, except those with a 15 October deadline, should arrive at UCAS by 6pm on 26 January 2022. This is the ‘equal consideration’ deadline, which means course providers must consider all applications received by this time equally. 

25 February 2022 – UCAS Extra opens

If you’ve used all five choices, and you’re not holding any offers, you can add another choice using Extra.

19 May 2022 – University decision deadline

If you applied by 26 January and you’re still awaiting a decision from one of your choices, we have until today to decide whether we’re making you an offer. Any choices that are still outstanding after this will be made unsuccessful.

9 June 2022 – Deadline to reply to offers

If you receive all your university decisions by 19 May, you must reply to any offers by today (except if you are using Extra to find a place), otherwise they’ll be declined.

30 June 2022 – Final day to make an application to five universities

You can still apply with up to five choices until 6pm today. After this, your application will automatically be entered into Clearing. 

4 July 2022 – Final day to apply for a course in Extra 

This is the last day to add an Extra option to your 2022 application. If you don’t hold any offers after this, you will be able to add an additional choice using Clearing. 


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The university offers three different student residential buildings, all of which are within walking distance from the university campuses. All students that are residing in these buildings can take advantage of the free transport that the university offers. What is more, all the dorms are equipped with facilities like fridge, Shower, toilet facilities, Wi-Fi, bed Wardrobe, Washbasin and mirror, as well as car parking and bicycle storage.
The first student residence of the university is called Scotia Quay that costs up to £95.50 per week. Each room is suitable for up to 5 students. the second one is named Panns Bank costs about £77.79 a week and is also suitable for families of four. Lastly, Clanny House also costs around £77.79 per week and is suitable for couples as well as single students.

After Graduation

All the students have the opportunity to seek help from The Careers and Employability Service, a team dedicated to helping students find proper and suitable employment either during or after their education.
Students are encouraged to take on part-time vocational roles in order to gain perspective on the reality of the labor market and also earn extra cash. As a matter of fact, the university helps and guides them during this process. It helps students find part-time jobs that do not impact their studies or temporary jobs that can be done during vacations and breaks. Students also have the chance to take part in paid or unpaid internships and job placements that are related to their field of study.
The Careers and Employability Service also helps students with finding employment after graduation. They help students with the resumes, CVs, job applications and job interviews.


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Advanced Dance Performance MA


Postgraduate Certificate / Master's Degree

The University of Sunderland in England

United Kingdom

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