Degree open event offers first steps to a top career

degree01.jpgBudding dancers and choreographers can take their first steps towards a professional dance career, at an open event staged by the University of Derby and Déda.

A specialist BA (Hons) Dance degree is being offered by the University and Déda, the East Midlands' dedicated dance house, for the first time from September (2014).

Students will learn dance theory, contemporary dance, choreography, performance skills, production, dance history, and the uses of dance in health and community settings. They will be on one of the only UK higher education courses based at an off-campus, professional dance house.

An Open Audition for those interested in studying the degree will be held at Déda, in Chapel Street, Derby, from 6pm-8.30pm next Wednesday (July 9). There will be a chance to take part in a sample dance class and hear more about the course's dedicated facilities, with the option of taking an interview with tutors to gain a place on the course starting in September.

To attend the open audition contact Clare Limb, Head of Dance Development and Learning at Déda, on email: or telephone 01332 374681.

Déda's facilities are being expanded ahead of the degree course starting.

Once on the course, students will be taught by top choreographers and dance professionals. There will also be a number of work placement opportunities, with professional touring dance companies, on offer during the course.

Clare said: "We already have students signed up for the course starting in September but there are a few places left.

"This BA (Hons) Dance degree course fulfils a real need in the region for a specialist degree that has a clear focus on the employability 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 – added: "Students on the course will be based at Déda but will also benefit fully, as part of the University, from its facilities, support and life experience.

"This new degree will attract talented dancers from across the UK, and greatly contribute to the cultural life of the city and county."

For more information about the BA (Hons) Dance degree see University website or go to Déda's website at


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Déda – Formerly known as Derby Dance, Déda is a unique venue located in Derby city centre offering a dance-focused 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.