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BA (Hons) Theatre Dance: Third Year

The final year represents the culmination of practice and theory. Practice is characterised by learning through doing, in an apprenticeship model through which students gain invaluable performing experience in either classical ballet, contemporary dance, jazz dance or music theatre. Performing in professional venues, each company – Images of Dance, INTOTO Dance, The Jazz Dance Company and Seedtime – tour the UK with a full evening show, concluding with a London performance.

Students hone specific skills and gain crucial experience, participating in a production from the creation of material, through a rehearsal period and into public performances. They work with leading directors, choreographers, technicians, costume designers, stage managers and musical directors, providing an invaluable insight into the day-to-day life, challenges and necessary stamina of a professional performer. Each company is engaged with established professionals in its chosen field as well emerging new talent, furnishing students with invaluable connections as they progress into their professional careers – a bridge to a professional future.

Within the third year students also complete either a written dissertation, comprising independent research on a topic of the student’s choice, or a video or live performance of a choreographic project, as well as a journal documenting its conception, development and final presentation. Students thereby gain vital practical experience in using their individual creativity and analytical skills to produce a piece of original work.

Alongside this, continuing contextual studies focus on current debates in dance practice, including the influence of post-modernism, interdisciplinarity and the digital age; these enrich their performance and dissertation work and ensure students are engaged with current, relevant discussions about the industry as they graduate into professional careers.

“The course at LSC is not only physically demanding, but intellectually challenging too. The academic side of the course really helped me develop a critical eye for performance, and made me hone the way I perceive and critique dance work. I think this has given me a deeper appreciation of the work that I do” – Edd Mitton, LSC graduate and founder of EDDance. Credits include Swan Lake (Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures), Yorke Dance Project, and Cabaret (West End).

Click the links below to find out more about the four specialist performing companies for third year students:

BA (Hons) Theatre Dance: YEAR 3
Module Classical Ballet Pathway Contemporary Dance Pathway Jazz Dance Pathway Music Theatre Pathway
The Professional Practitioner
Technique based module, including:
Classical Ballet
Pointe Work
Male Virtuosity &
Contemporary Dance Repertoire
Technique based module, including:
Graham-based Technique
Cunningham-based Technique
Release Technique &
Contact Technique
Technique based module, including:
Jazz Dance Technique
Tap Dance &
Hip-Hop and associated styles
Technique based module, including:
Dance for Music Theatre
Harmonies &
Creation, Performance and Production
Images Ballet Company INTOTO Dance Jazz Dance Company Seedtime

Employability in Practice

Development of students individual professional goals with Careers Guidance sessons such as:
Audition Practice,
Research and Development Techniques,
Self-management and Professional Representation,
Entrepreneurial Skills and Project Development
Dance Facilitation &
Community Dance Practice,
Project Leadership,
Funding and Management,
Continuous Professional Development,
Financial Management.

Research and Critical Practice

Research Methods for Dance Criticism
Written or Practice-based Dissertation