DANCE: Contemporary and Commercial course pathway

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The Dance: Contemporary and Commercial course pathway at CAPA College provides students with intensive, professional dance training developing their skill set, creative approach and awareness of Dance and the Arts. In Year 1 students will study a broad and balanced Dance curriculum developing skills and experience in a range of genres. In Year 2 students will be able to specialise their Dance focus to further hone their skills and level of expertise and interest.

Students will also gain experience and appreciation of other complementary art forms and will work collaboratively with students on CAPA College’s other course pathways. Most students will progress to Dance based higher education courses and careers in the Dance sector. However students will also have the versatility and transferable skills to diversify into other areas of the Creative Arts sector.

CAPA College provides extensive directed studio time for students led by an outstanding team of resident specialist teachers and choreographers focusing on technical and creative development. This is complemented by regular masterclasses and residencies by visiting artists and companies. Through these opportunities, students experience different artistic approaches, styles and methods. Training ultimately leads to students gaining extensive performance experience in a range of venues giving students the opportunity to learn how to adapt to different spaces and audiences.

Inspirational…high quality specialist performing arts education that is an example of its kind Ofsted, November 2016


• Contemporary – Release, Graham and Cunningham based
• Ballet
• Urban .
• Commercial
• Jazz
• Choreography
• Improvisation
• Body conditioning
• Yoga
• Dance in education
• Dance theory
• History of Dance
• Anatomy
• Dance analysis and appreciation
• Voice for dancers
• Production skills


Students will gain the following qualifications:

Extended Diploma in Dance – equivalent to 3 A levels

A level Dance

The A-level qualifications are examined both practically and through formal written examinations. The vocational focus of the Extended Diploma means that all work and performance opportunities (including all ongoing participation in classes and rehearsals) are assessed. Students cover a range of units and, at the end of the course, will be awarded an overall grade according to the combined total of the individual units. Varied assessment methods include: studio based assessments, studio performances, lecture demonstrations, journals, public performances in CAPA College’s theatre and across the country.

John-William Watson

CAPA Graduate 2016

Now studying BA (Hons) Dance at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. John was also a member of the prestigious National Youth Dance Company. John was a finalist in the BBC Young Dancer 2017.

“CAPA College offers truly outstanding training. It enabled me to discover my love for performance; provided the training and education for me to succeed; the confidence and aspirations to apply for a place at an international dance school where I am now in my second year of study.”

Kaine Ruddach

CAPA Graduate 2016

Now studying Diploma in Dance and Musical Theatre at Laine Theatre Arts.

“The CAPA College ethos is extraordinary, developing everyone as individuals. Staff provide excellent teaching and endless support to ensure all students excel.”