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University of Sunderland: Advanced Dance Performance

Institution University of Sunderland View institution profile
Department Media
Telephone 0191 515 3000
Study type Taught


Develop your dance practice by being part Dance City’s postgraduate company, The Collective. Create new and exciting work, led by nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographers and get taught by leading arts practitioners and educators.

This MA is offered by North East dance organisation, Dance City, in partnership with the University of Sunderland. The course is based at the Dance City Sunderland studios, with visits throughout the year to Dance City Newcastle studios and theatre.

The course lasts 38-weeks and is a practice-based qualification that offers new and recent dance graduates the opportunity to develop their dance practice and technique, learn and develop choreography, and perform in work by leading choreographers.

The course has a broad and current approach, which includes physical theatre and experimental forms, and is designed to produce strong, highly employable dancers who will be able to work in a range of settings.

The focus of this MA is for the dancing of the students to meet the public. The primary vehicle for this is 'The Collective', Dance City’s touring company. The Collective creates work that is physically captivating and relevant today, presented in theatres across the country as well as in offsite locations and through digital platforms. There are opportunities to engage with a range of partner venues and participants through the wraparound work of the company.

Dance technique:

Advanced technical training in ballet and a number of contemporary dance forms Complementary techniques – pilates, yoga, and visiting artists who provide up-to-date material including kuchipudi, voguing and contact improvisation Dance performance:

Development and performance of three newly commissioned works each year Touring of created works Offsite/digital performance work, created with the company Professional contexts:

Development and realisation of a choreographed work, delivery of teaching sessions or a cross-arts project (film, installation etc). One-to-one tutoring with an experienced member of staff.


University of Sunderland

About the University of Sunderland
The life changing University of Sunderland has 27,500 students based in campuses on the North East coast, in London and Hong Kong and at its global partnerships with learning institutions in 15 countries.

Ranked as a top 50 university in the Guardian University Guide 2023, we are proud of our long-established commitment to widening participation, our world-leading research, and public and private sector collaborations. We also have a track-record for providing quality student experiences that result in graduates who are the tomorrow-makers of our societies and economies.

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