The Creative Academy Foundation Degree in Dance is a unique and innovative offer combining vocational school dance training underpinned with academic/industry qualifications. The course covers 12 modules including two work based learning modules and various dance technique modules associated with classical, contemporary, commercial and community dance. The course is delivered and developed with our industry partners including Rifco Arts, Rudeye and Rambert Dance Company and validated by The University of West London.
The course is underpinned by daily compulsory technique classes in Ballet (ISTD – Imperial Grade 4 – Advanced 2), Bharat Natyam, Bollywood, Break, Contact, Cunningham-based, Graham-based, Jazz, Modern Theatre, Release, Street, Tap, Tumbling & Urban.
Students have a minimum of 910 hours of contact time over the two semesters annually. This equates to, on average, 30 hours contact time per week.
The students have two major performances each year including performing at various venues around London and the South-East. In the past, students have performed at Spitalfields Market, Victoria and Albert Museum, Arts Council England, British Music Experience at The O2 Arena and Olympia.
FdA Year 1 – Level 4
Contemporary Techniques 1
Commercial Techniques 1
Performance Project 1
Community Dance 1
FdA Year 2 – Level 5
Contemporary Techniques 2
Commercial Techniques 2
Performance Project 2
Classical Dance Techniques
Community Dance 2
The full time course is preparing and training individuals for careers in Dance; both performance & teaching, which requires the body to be in peak condition physically.
Creative Academy aims to create confident, knowledgeable, technically proficient, versatile, strong, independent, passionate and talented performers/teachers ready for the diverse dance industry by:
- offering industry relevant, affordable and innovative vocational dance training.
- creating an inspirational and inclusive learning environment.
- ensuring students are treated as individuals.
- supporting students to reach their full potential.
- engaging with high profile industry partners.
- being wholly committed to developing and maintaining the highest quality standards.
- creating employment and performance opportunities.
As well as attending all technique classes, the student will be:
- encouraged to see as much relevant theatre, dance performances and gigs/concerts as possible.
- encouraged to participate in outside classes.
- gain employment in the creative industries.
The course was developed through action research with Rambert Dance Company and The Hip Hop Collective.
Creative Academy is an industry/community interface and the FDA qualification is the ONLY one of its kind in the country which offers students a professional teaching qualification embedded within a dance programme Module (PTTLS).