The first two-year practice-based dance degree in the UK has been launched by the University of Suffolk and DanceEast.
The unique partnership will provide BA (Hons) Dance from September 2018 with another entry point in January 2019.
The degree will be hosted at DanceEast’s Jerwood DanceHouse which boasts some of the best dance facilities in the country, including purpose-built dance studios and a fully equipped 200-seat theatre supported by a team of highly trained staff.
DanceEast’s wide-ranging programme includes performances by internationally renowned dance companies such as James Cousins Company, Jasmin Vardimon Company, Hofesh Shechter Company and Stopgap alongside highly specialised classes such as Dance For Parkinson’s.
Students will work with professional dance artists and specialists in related subjects to create, manage, see and participate in dance performances, classes and projects.
The learning experience and employability will be enhanced through a unique interdisciplinary approach to dance that brings together a number of departments at the University of Suffolk, from health science to education to photography and film.
Responding to growth in demand for dance artists working in health, education and community settings this innovative course will prepare students for a successful career within this context.
Head of Arts and Humanities at the University of Suffolk, Dr Lisa Wade, said “I am delighted to be working in partnership with our colleagues at DanceEast on this unique programme. The launch of this new undergraduate honours course in Dance will bring together the expertise of both academics at the University of Suffolk and that of internationally revered professional performers. As a forward thinking institution we are pleased to offer this as a two year programme providing accelerated learning.”
Contemporary dance choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne OBE said “I welcome this new kind of dance degree course. Working with a range of visiting and resident professionals at DanceEast offers students a great start to a dance career. I look forward to New Adventures / Re:Bourne being involved in it, and to welcoming future graduates to our continuing professional development for dance teachers and practitioners.”
The fees for the two year Dance degree are subject to final agreement of maximum fee cap by parliament for accelerated degree courses and will be attractive to students keen to enter the graduate job market as soon as possible.
The programme will be led by Stephanie Schober, founder of the Stephanie Schober & Dance Company, Head of 3rd Year at Trinity Laban and former resident dance artist at the South Bank Centre. She said “I am very excited to be involved in this new dance degree course, which will bring invaluable benefit to many. It will provide a unique pathway for young dance artists to bridge vocational training with professional experience. It will open opportunities for the internationally established dance artists associated with DanceEast to play a proactive part in nurturing future generations. It will be instrumental to increase the reach of the ground-breaking work that DanceEast have been promoting in the East of England and it will be good for developing the art form of contemporary dance.”
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