Dance: Contemporary and Commercial

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.


Our curriculum is led by an outstanding team of teachers and acclaimed choreographers who focus on technical and creative development.


Students learn different artistic approaches, styles and methods through regular masterclasses and residencies by visiting artists and companies.


Phenomenal opportunities from in-house showcases and productions to competitions, touring shows, professional debuts and wide-scale events.


  • Contemporary – Release, Graham and Cunningham based
  • Ballet
  • Hip Hop
  • 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:

  • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts (Dance)
  • 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

Studied BA (Hons) Dance at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp.

Kaine Ruddach

CAPA Graduate 2016

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

John was a member of the prestigious National Youth Dance Company. John was a finalist in the BBC Young Dancer 2017 and is now a Sadler’s Wells Young Associate.


“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 is currently in the UK & International tour of Mamma Mia.


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