A unique UK degree course is now on offer to students at Dance City in Newcastle.

This September students will start their dance careers on a unique BA (Hons) Degree with Dance City, fully immersed within a successful major UK & international Centre for Dance, here in Newcastle.

As North East school leavers await their A ‘level results, Dance City is recruiting the final students for its BA (Hons) in Professional Dance which will be taught on-site in Newcastle from September for the first time. Dance City is the only place in the country to offer this innovative approach.

To fill the remaining few spaces an open audition will be held at Dance City on Saturday 18 August between 12 noon and 2 pm. To attend please contact Julie.campbell@dancecity.co.uk

Accredited by Sunderland University the courses are practically focused and have a strong emphasis on developing dance technique. Students will spend up to 75% of their study time in the dance studio, undergoing rigorous technical training comparable to any professional company. The aim of the course is for students to develop the skills necessary to survive in the current dance market.

The course celebrates all aspects of dance and students will be encouraged to become versatile professionals, able to achieve long-term careers in different avenues of dance. Study will be divided into three focused areas: professional practice, education and management.

The courses will be part of The Learning Academy at Dance City which offers formal, professional dance training all within a venue where professionals, students and the wider community mingle together – a unique offering in dance education.

The BA (Hons) in Professional Dance will begin this September and be delivered at Dance City’s Newcastle site in this innovative approach to dance education.

Anthony Baker, CEO and artistic director, Dance City, said: “We are very proud that here at Dance City we have an amazing place in which to learn. We are the only place in the country where training, performance and outreach all take place under the same roof, offering a totally different learning environment and experience to other dance courses.

“One of our main aims is for the region to retain its talent and being able to offer such high quality and unique training opportunities to the North East is a huge achievement and a step closer to being able to achieve our goal. Our plans for the future are all about ensuring that people in the region have the same or even better cultural opportunities as the rest of the country.”

An MA in Advanced Dance Performance will also start in September 2019, while the MA in Advanced Professional Practice (Dance) will begin in January 2019 both at the Sunderland site, based in The Fire Station Arts Centre.

Dance City is the North East’s leading development organisation for dance biggest dance employer in the north of England. Last year ticket sales grew by 12%, with 10,000 tickets sold for performances. There were 45,000 attendances at dance classes across the year, and it also works with 20,000 people in the community.