BA (Hons) Dance programme welcomes new second year students


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The second group of students will join the new BA (Hons) Dance degree which is based at regional dance house Déda in Derby this September.

Déda in Chapel Street joined forces with the University of Derby to launch the new degree last September and a group of 6 students have completed their first year – joined this September by a further group of 15 students.

The BA (Hons) Dance degree is one of the only Higher Education courses in the UK that is based at a professional dance house and is designed to give students a better insight into the arts industry with a range of work-based experiences.

The specialist Dance degree includes theory and practical contemporary dance with modules covering choreography, dance techniques, performance skills, production, history and applying dance in health, community and, education settings.

Degree students are based at the expanded dance studios where facilities include the equipment needed to teach the latest aerial dance skills. 

Degree students work with top choreographers and dance professionals on a daily basis. There are also be a wide range of work placement opportunities both at Déda and through its extensive network of professional touring dance companies to increase students’ employability in the Arts. 

This academic year they will be working with international contemporary dance artist Jorge Crecis who has joined Déda in Derby as Associate Artist.

Jorge is a Sport Sciences graduate and studied contemporary dance at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid. As a professional dancer he has worked with different companies throughout Europe, as well as in China and the USA.

His role as Déda Associate Artist will involve working with professionals and young dancers at Déda to plan the next stage of ‘Through & Out2’ - an innovative choreography which brings together sport, dance, music and augmented reality technology.

Among the students who have completed their first year on the degree programme is Joshua Horsley (20) from Long Eaton.

Joshua is a former Performing Arts student at the nearby Derby College Joseph Wright Centre, is a member of Déda’s Youth Dance Academy and performs with the award-winning Bounceback group who won a place at the national U.Dance festival in Plymouth this summer.

He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year on the degree programme.

“The studio space is amazing and we have the space and access to choreography support that enables us to do some incredible work.

“I came on the degree thinking that I wanted to build up my skills behind the scenes but this has given me a real passion for performing and I am looking to go onto become a professional dancer.”

Fellow student Megan Smith added: “The BA Dance Course offers plenty of opportunities to develop your knowledge and skill through practical workshops with renowned companies from the contemporary dance world.

“At Déda, the course is facilitated in large, professional dance studios. A great aspect throughout the course is receiving lessons from professional teachers who engage with students, sharing their experience in order to produce distinctive works.”

Déda’s Head of Dance Development and Learning Clare Limb explained: “The new degree course fulfils a real need in the region for a specialist degree that has a clear focus on the employability skills.

“We focus on the skills required to be successful not only as a professional dancer but also in a range of different careers including teaching in schools as a dance specialist, community development work and professional choreography.”

Huw Davies, Dean of the University’s Faculty of Arts Design and Technology concluded: “Students on the course have the best of both worlds.  They are based at Déda with access to specialist dance facilities and teachers but also benefit from our full range of student facilities, support and life experience as they will be part of the University.

“The degree is only in its second year but is already attracting talented dancers from across the country who are greatly contributing to the cultural life of the city and county.

“We look forward to welcoming the second group of students in September who will have the opportunity to experience Déda’s wonderful facilities, and the high quality teaching and mentoring from some of the top dance professionals in the UK.”

There are still a few places remaining for September 2015 start.  Application is through the UCAS clearing process or directly though the University of Derby Admissions Team and anyone interested can also contact Stephen Munn or Clare Limb at Déda, Tel: 01332 370911.

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Note to Editors


Déda (formerly known as Derby Dance) is a unique venue located in Derby city centre offering a dance-focussed arts programme. The building houses two performance spaces, two professionally equipped dance studios, conferencing facilities and the CUBE café|bar.

With a class curriculum of almost 50 classes a week and an extensive community development programme Déda is one of the key cultural organisations in the city.

Déda receives funding from Arts Council England and Derby City Council.


About Arts Council England

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