Dance & Performance BA(Hons)

Penryn Campus
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

Falmouth's Dance & Performance degree offers a thorough grounding in dance techniques and performance skills. You'll be encouraged to develop into a thinking and reflective dancer, as a performer and as a performance-maker. You'll work across a range of contexts and media, emerging at the end of the degree as a versatile practitioner able to meet the demands of dance and related disciplines.

We'll encourage you to specialise in your second and third years, following your own professional interest with the support of specialised modules and a range of facilities. Housed at the £19m Performance Centre, you'll have the chance to engage in studio, auditorium and site-based performance, while our national and international partnerships offer extensive opportunities for collaboration.

How is the course taught

Dance & Performance is part of the integrated Dance programme at Falmouth with BA(Hons) Dance & Choreography. Both courses follow the same first year, providing a thorough basis in technique and skills, and a framework of contextual, practical and written projects in the final year. This allows you to specialise in the second and third years while maintaining a sense of focus and identification with the Dance programme as a whole.

What you'll do

Year 1

The first year offers high levels of contact time with a technique focus, covering practices including contemporary and release technique, ballet and anatomy, yoga, pilates, improvisation and somatic approaches to movement. Complementing this, you'll explore the theories and contexts of performance, as well as projects in site-based dance and choreography.

Year 2

Following the intensive technical and skills training covered in year one, the specialist modules in the second year are designed to involve students in a range of directed, supervised and self-generated approaches to dance, performance and its contexts. Teaching contact is maintained at 25 hours per week, divided between studio work, lectures, seminars and performance projects.

Modules focusing on devised performance, techniques in translation and cross-disciplinary project work with video, installation and sound will all support your professional development. The end of the year presents the opportunity to develop a proposal for independent practice in context, for realisation in year three.

Year 3

At the beginning of the year you will realise your proposal for an independent practice-in-context project. Continuing technique and bodywork classes will help to equip you for your final dissertation and professional practice project. And the complementary practices module prepares you for your graduate career – offering a web or print platform for you to document and publicise your practice.


The Performance Centre has three dance studios with fully sprung Harlequin floors, and is equipped with production lighting, projection and sound facilities, as well as a range of other studios and performance spaces.


Kuldip Singh-Barmi leads Dance & Performance alongside core staff Emily Dobson, Simon Birch, Malaika Sarco-Thomas and Ruth Pethybridge. Contemporary technique and ballet classes are taught by our associate lecturers including Grace Sellwood of Freefall, Polly Motley, Ros Maynard, Jane Castree, Sally Williams of Cscape, Katy Lee and Eugenia Demeglio, while we enjoy a variety of visiting lecturers
and workshops.

Experience you'll get

You'll receive daily technique and bodywork classes, artist-led projects, visiting artist workshops and residencies, as well as exchange opportunities in the EU and USA.

Throughout your degree you'll be encouraged to maximise our industry partnerships, which include Paul Taylor Dance Company, New York; Dance4; Dance Base; Willi Dorner, Vienna; Motion Bank/Forsythe Company, Frankfurt; Cscape and Freefall Dance.


Assessment is both written and practical, using a variety of methods ranging from essays and research trails, to performances, teaching practice and video projects.

Assessed practical work is shown in either a studio context to staff and peers or to a public audience.


  • Dance performance artist
  • Dance production consultant
  • Film, theatre, opera, television or music videos
  • Teaching, cultural industries or further studies

Interview and selection process

Selection day dates will be published soon.

Student mentor scheme

Falmouth's student mentor scheme matches new starters with a second year student, to help you settle in and find your feet. Our student mentors are now on Facebook. To chat to a mentor about the course, living in Cornwall or what to expect at Falmouth, check out the Dance and Choreography group. You'll need to join the group before you can post.

If you don't have access to Facebook please email your name and proposed course to:

For more information about the application process, portfolios, interviews and selection days, please contact our admissions team: