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Dance Courses
Start Date
Full Time
Start Date
Full Time

This highly practical two-year course is equivalent to 3 A Levels and will give you a broad foundation in dance. It makes use of the college's modern theatre, performance spaces, changing rooms and costume store, and focuses on styles such as ballet, contemporary, jazz and street dance. There will also be intensive workshops on a range of performance subjects. You will study the craft of choreography and physical theatre in relation to your production projects and performances. You will also cover the theoretical, social, historical and administrative side of dance.

  • About the Course

    The course combines both practical assignments and the study of a variety of dance styles, leading to a series of production projects in the drama studio and at external venues. You will usually be in a class of 16-20 students and will work on group projects as well as individual assignments. In the second year you will produce a final major project.

    You will study:

    • Contemporary dance techniques (Release, Limon, Cunningham-based, Graham-based)
    • Jazz dance
    • Urban dance styles
    • Performance workshop
    • Dance in context
    • Choreographic principles
    • Health and body maintenance
    • Rehearsing
    • Dance performance
    • Safe practice
    • Theoretical, social, historical and administrative aspects of dance.

    At some points in the year when productions are scheduled, you will need to be in college for extra sessions to rehearse.

    You will use the college's modern theatre, performance spaces, changing rooms and costume store, and your student learning adviser will guide and support you throughout your course. In the second year you will receive guidance for applications to university.

  • Entry Requirements
    At least 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C / grades 9-4, or a merit or distinction in a relevant subject at Level 2 with functional skills in English and maths. There will be an audition as part of your interview. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Progression

    You can go on to an HND in Dance at West Thames College, a BA (Hons) degree at university or find employment in the dance or related disciplines.

  • Assessment Method

    We encourage your active involvement in the assessment process, which is continuous throughout the year and culminates in a final major project. Reports on your progress will be prepared twice a year.

How to Apply

Please click the apply now button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.

Course Info

Courses for 16-18 years

Full Time

Level 3

Location Isleworth

Start Date 01/09/2021

UAL Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)

Emmeline Cresswell
Programme Leader for HND Dance

“I have danced for various companies and choreographers including Riccardo Buscarini. Alongside teaching I have my own performance company.”

Emmeline Cresswell

Tyreese Remy- Henderson
L3 Dance

Alongside studying at West Thames College, Tyreese performs with the dance company ZooNation. “I’m constantly busy but college is really supportive and helps me stay on track.”

Tyreese Remy-Henderson
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West Thames College

One of the top 3 Colleges in London *

* Based on overall performance for students aged 16-18 across all levels in 2018-19

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