Dance & Choreography BA(Hons)

Penryn Campus
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

Take part in an inspirational, creative and educational experience that focuses on innovative performance and choreographic practices, underpinned by a thorough grounding in dance techniques.

During this practice-led course you'll be equipped with the skills, experience and confidence to become an adaptable and creative dancer, choreographer and communicator. You'll develop your physical, technical and critical capabilities through daily technique classes and performance training. You'll also learn through lectures and seminars on dance histories, theories and contexts. Through intensive projects, workshops and performances you'll make and perform works for a range of audiences and environments.


  • Intensive, practice-led course offering daily technique training
  • Situated within a live venue that attracts international talent
  • Lectures and workshops from visiting experts and artists
  • International exchange opportunities with partner institutions and companies

Course outline

The Dance & Choreography course begins with a foundational first year. This provides you with a thorough grounding in technique and skills at levels appropriate to the experience you bring with you.

From the start you're involved in the three core strands of teaching and learning that run through the course: techniques and bodywork, theories and contexts, and projects and performance. These strands are taught through daily class, intensive projects, workshops and performances, in lectures and seminars, and in individual and group tutorials.

In the second year and third years of the course you'll specialise either in Dance & Performance, Dance & Choreography, or Dance & Communities, whilst maintaining a strong sense of focus and involvement with the dance programme as a whole.

Our emphasis on combining physical practices and creative collaboration with critical thinking and context, enables you to take charge of your own development in relation to others. You'll explore and extend your individual movement language, discuss your training and academic needs with tutors, and decide on your future pathways.

What you'll do

Year 1

The first year offers high levels of contact time in the studio and focuses on the acquisition of physical techniques and skills. You'll practice contemporary techniques and improvisation, ballet, yoga, Pilates, and approaches to embodied learning.

Complementing this, you'll explore and study dance cultures and histories, and take projects and workshops in studio and site-based dance performance and choreography. At the end of your first year you'll choose a specialism that enables you to explore an area of dance practice in depth.

Year 2

The three specialist modular pathways in the second year are designed to involve you in a range of directed, supervised and self-generated approaches to dance and performance, dance and choreography, or dance and communities.

You'll continue to develop your skills and abilities in technique and bodywork, lectures and critical seminars, and in intensive performance, community or choreographic projects. The pathways enable you to research and investigate techniques and skills, theories and contexts, and modes of performance, composition and audience engagement that inform and shape your chosen specialism.

Each of the pathways enable you to continue daily dance and bodywork classes.

Dance & Performance allows you to focus as a dancer on performance skills, experience working with professional chorepgraphers, and explore cross-disciplinary project work to support your development as a dancer and perfomer.

Dance & Choreography enables you to develop your choreographic skills through intensive directed and collaborative projects. Working with video, sound and editing techniques equips you to choreograph for the screen and for other media.

Dance & Communities involves you in participatory projects working with and through dance in a variety of community contexts and situations.

Throughout the year you'll expand your knowledge of the theories and contexts of dance through research projects and case studies. The end of the year presents an opportunity to develop a proposal for a choice of independent or group practice-in-context projects in the first semester of year 3.

Year 3

Following the direction of your specialism, your proposal for a practice-in-context project may involve you in an independent (individual or small group) project that explores the possibilities of dance practice in a particular context that you have negotiated; or an Erasmus or Study Abroad exchange with one of our partner institutions in Europe or further afield, experiencing other cultures and approaches to dance; or in a regional project within a particular community or institutional setting; or a placement or internship that explores contexts for further dance, physical, performance or choreographic training.

During the final semester, technique classes, lectures and tutorials help to equip you for your final written research and practical projects that you present at the AMATA Performance Festival in May. Alongside these, a complementary practices module prepares you for your graduate career - offering a web or print platform for you to document and publicise your work.


  • Four state-of-the-art dance studios with fully sprung Harlequin floors
  • Two large (250m2) studios and two smaller (110m2) studios - each equipped with production lighting, projection and sound facilities
  • A range of other studios, performance spaces and recording studios
  • Access to the Centre for Performance Research Resource Centre with its unique collection of books, videos and journals on contemporary performance
  • An excellent café


The dance programme is staffed by a core team of tutors and associate lecturers with active professional and research connections to local, national and international dance networks.

Our core staff lead the course and its specialist pathways: Kuldip Singh-Barmi (Dance & Performance), Simon Birch (Dance & Choreography), and Lois Taylor (Dance & Communities) with Emily Dobson (Dance Technique) Ruth Pethybridge (Dance Theories & Contexts), and Katrina Brown (Choreography). The dance programme is currently led by Dr Ric Allsopp, Head of Subject and Professor of Contemporary Performance. Our Visiting Professor is Siobhan Davies (Independent Dance).

Our associate lecturers are drawn from the vibrant regional independent dance and performance scene: Grace Sellwood (Freefall Dance) Polly Motley, Jane Castree (JCDC) Sally Knight (Cscape), Katy Lee, Eugenia Demeglio, Angus Balbernie and Rachel Oxley. Our sessional teachers include Amelie Instance (ballet) and Jane Pascoe (physiotherapist)

The dance programme enjoys a wide variety of visiting lecturers and workshop leaders including Ramsay Burt, Andrea Bozic, Daniel Squire, Katie Duck and Alfredo Genovesi, Marie-Gabrielle Rotie, Theo Clinkard, Malcolm Manning, Panta Rei Dance Theatre, Charlotte Eatock, Sarah Whatley, Tracey Warr, Rosemary Lee and Siobhan Davies.

Our national and international project collaborators include Liv Lorent, Becky Edmunds, Lucy Cash, Tomaz Simatovic, Jorge Crecis, Emilyn Claid, Liz Aggiss, Gabriele Reuter, Nikolina and Goran Sergej Pristas (BADco) and Scott deLahunta (Motion Bank), Company Chameleon, Nobulus Hip Hop Dance Theatre Company, and Yael Flexer.

Experience you'll get

  • Daily technique and bodywork classes
  • Lectures in dance and performance theories, histories and contexts
  • Artist-led performance, choreographic and community projects
  • Visiting artist workshops and residencies
  • Opportunities to initiate independent projects and performances
  • Educational exchange opportunities in the EU and USA and further afield

Throughout your degree you'll be encouraged to maximise our dance-specific industry partnerships and networks (see industry connections, right). Above all you'll be a part of dynamic, friendly and challenging community of people who put the practice and exploration of what dance and choreography can be first.


Assessment is both written and practical, using a variety of methods ranging from presentations of practical work, essays and case studies, to performances, teaching practice and video projects.

Assessed practical work is shown in either a studio context to staff and peers or to public audiences both on and off the campus.


Our BA(Hons) Dance & Choreography course gives you the skills, experience and confidence to enter and contribute to the creative economy at local, national, and international levels as creative thinkers and practitioners. In 2014, 84% of our dance programmes graduates were in dance-related, graduate-level employment or further studies.

  • Freelance dancers, choreographers or community facilitators
  • Graduate start-up and independent dance or performance company founders
  • Working with established dance companies, theatre, film, opera, TV or music videos
  • Teaching, cultural industries or further studies
  • Dance production or management consultants
  • Dance or movement workshop leaders
  • Arts and health practitioners

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 using our enquiry form

Dance & Performance

From September 2015 we are integrating our current BA(Hons) course in Dance & Performance with the BA(Hons) Dance & Choreography course. This enables us to simplify rather than alter the structure of our dance provision.

You'll be able to follow exactly the same specialist Dance & Performance modules in the new integrated BA(Hons) Dance & Choreography course.

As in the current dance programme, all our first year students take the same core modules, with a choice of specialisation (in Dance & Performance, Dance & Choreography, or Dance & Communities) in the second and third years. This gives you the opportunity to decide, from your first year experience, which specialism is most suited to your developing interests and skills.

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