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Our new Extended Diploma Dance programme is designed to encourage students to develop as independent artists and grow into confident, creative dance practitioners. Led by Adele Proctor, the course will develop students’ strong technical and expressive skills. Combining the versatility, creativity and drive to meet the challenges of the competitive and demanding dance profession of today. Students will be taught by a team of dance professionals with a wealth of experience in both performance and choreography.
It will be an intensive and challenging dance course, with the standards and expectations of a professional dancer in training. It’s designed to: develop you as a young contemporary dancer , discover your individuality and help you achieve your ambitions beyond the course .
The course is based on a conservatoire dance school model tailored for 16-18 year olds. It will be intensive and demanding with on average 21 hours a week of class to prepare you for a career in dance. It will focus on contemporary dance, physical theatre, urban and jazz as well as world dance styles to develop you as a versatile artist.
As a student, you’ll have a personalised learning programme and you’ll work with your tutors to develop specific areas of skill. We’ll support your progression so we can best help you to achieve your ambitions beyond the course, whether that’s university, dance school or in some cases entry into the profession.
The course is a practical one. There is some written assignment work but much of the evidence is filmed and evaluation is conducted through filmed interview. We describe the course as consisting of 80% practical and 20% written work. There are no examinations. You are assessed continually through an assignment for each unit.
Throughout the two years you’ll have four technique classes a week. Every week there will be a contemporary class, in addition to two of the following, which are rotated termly, throughout the year. In addition, there is a unit titled Global Dance styles, where you will learn dances from other cultures, their origins, spiritual or ritual significance, costumes, music and traditions, such as:
Urban dance – including Hip-Hop, Reggaeton and Carnival
Musical Theatre and Jazz
Classical Indian dance
Traditional African dance
Contemporary technique is at the foundation of professional dance training. Over the course you will cover the established technical styles of Limon, Graham, Cunningham, Paxton, Horton and Release; as well as movement content that is current and new.
Repertory Dance Performance allows us to study the work of famous choreographers in a practical sense, developing this work in to a performance inspired by their work.
Choreography, improvisation and movement classes each
week will develop your core skills in dance.
Dance fitness and safe practice
Cross Art Collaboration (acting in a short film or combining acting with dance)
Ensemble Dance Performance
Repertory Dance Performance
Individual tutorials over 3 terms to prepare you for dance school or university dance course entry and ongoing support through the second year.
As a student on the course, you automatically become a member of the dance company. In year 1 you’ll have the opportunity to take part in stages dance festival at Colston Hall and U-Dance festival. You will also put on a showcase of your own choreographic work. In year 2 you’ll be cast in a professionally produced dance production, featuring your own choreographed work in Bristol performance venues.
"It has been a hard ride for me, and my flexibility as a dancer, but that will never stop me from dancing. I have become stronger, more focused, and resilient whilst being at boomsatsuma."
"I've found my time at boomsatsuma fun and educational. During my time on the Dance course, I have had many opportunities that have given me so much motivation to push forward in my career. I'd highly recommend boomsatsuma to anyone passionate about the areas they teach."
You will study the work of the artists who have influenced dance practice and how dance genres have developed. You will learn how the dance industry is organised and how to build a career in it. You’ll have the opportunity to try out skills and put them into practice as you learn about the production process.
You’ll be expected to work as part of a group, responding to a range of stimuli and challenging your personal and creative potential alongside your learning of acting and theatre techniques. You’ll be required to undertake independent rehearsal, study and research to inform and enhance your learning and development.
The boomsatsuma Experience
A personalised learning programme to develop your skillsand help you achieve your ambitions beyond the course
21 hours a week of contact time (on average), compared with around 12-14 hours in many FE colleges
Teaching delivered by professional dancers and dance practitioners who are specialists in their field and an exciting range of guest tutors
A professional working atmosphere to help you excel
Workshops with professional touring dance companies
Many of our students are aiming to secure a place at dance school or one of the new conservatoire style performance courses at universities. Getting into Performing arts school at the first attempt is difficult but our team have over 25 years experience of both supporting students through auditions and sitting on the audition panels themselves. Students may apply to schools such as Laban Centre London; London Contemporary Dance school; Urdang; Central dance studios or Northern Contemporary; Or they may wish to take on their studies closer to home at Bath Spa University or Welsh College of Drama and Music, Cardiff.
Or students may want to go on to study courses that lead to becoming a fitness instructor or personal trainer, taking on a more therapeutic form of career.
However, it’s important to note that the qualification is considered a passport to a wider range of performing arts, media and humanities subjects at many universities and choosing this course does not close down your university options.
Submit your application on our website by visiting boomsatsuma.com/apply. You will then be invited to an informal group audition that will assess your potential to join the course. Though experience of dance, drama or expressive arts are advantageous in giving you a sense of what’s involved, we are more interested in raw talent and welcome your application even if you have had little or no experience.
You will need to be on track to get at least five GCSE grades 4 - 9 including Maths and English or BTEC Level 2 Diplomas (at merit or distinction). In exceptional cases we can take students who don’t have GCSE English or Maths at grade 4 or above and we can provide tuition in those qualifications alongside the course.
RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative and Performing Arts - Dance Pathway
worth up to 168 Points - equivalent to 3 A* A Levels.
Programme fully funded for students ages 16-18 at the start of their course. Students will be eligible to apply for a discretionary bursary. Auditions are also free of charge.Students will be expected to contribute to the cost of trips.
Two Years, 20 hours a week.
Silver St, Bristol BS1 2AG, UK