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Dance at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I come to Runshaw to study Dance?

Dance at Runshaw is an exciting and dynamic subject for those with a strong dance background who pass an audition with us. 

We also run a full range of enrichment activities; two technique classes per week are on offer as well as two shows per year in which all students can be involved.

2008 saw the introduction of ‘Extension 12’, our fantastic Dance Academy which gives students the opportunity to perform in competitions in the UK and abroad and to experience workshops in many varied styles. This year our students came first in two categories in the Barcelona Dance Grand Prix!

In 2018, 82% of students achieved high grades.

What will I study?

You will mainly study Contemporary dance, although other styles such as Jazz, Ballet, Latin, Ballroom and Street have now been in introduced.

Entry requirements

For access to our A Level Programme, our entry requirements are 5 x Grade 5 equivalent (5 x Grade 5 or B) in a range of separate subjects.

For Dance specifically, this should include a Grade 5 in a written subject AND a successful audition.


How is the course assessed?

Year 1:

  • Solo choreography and performance
  • Duet/trio performance
  • Written examination

60% of the units are practical and 40% are written examinations.

Year 2:

  • Group choreography
  • Solo performance
  • Written examination

50% of the units are practical and 50% are written examinations.

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

What will this course prepare me for?

This course prepares students for study at a higher level in Dance at university or specialist dance schools or to work in a dance profession.

Recently, students have progressed to a number of prestigious dance colleges such as Rambert, LIPA, The Royal Academy of Dance, Italia Conti, Bird, Urdang, London Contemporary, Northern Contemporary and Performers, whilst others have gone on to study for Dance degrees at Liverpool John Moores and the University of Surrey.

Where are you going?

  • Choreographer
  • Composition Director
  • Dancer
  • Performer
  • Teacher

Further information

Which subjects complement this A Level?

  • English
  • Biology
  • Sport

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 21 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: LADANCE

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