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About Body Awareness
Masters degrees in Body Awareness provide advanced study of the way the human body moves when performing certain artistic gestures, typically in dance performance.
MA courses are typical for this field, with some covering mostly taught elements, and other being more research-focused. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, such as Choreography or Performance Studies.
An array of dance types may be explored on these courses, from Ballet to contemporary dance, as well as other forms of movement including physical theatre. Practical training often includes contact improvisation, Pilates and yoga. This is to help you deepen your understanding of both creative processes for performance, and your personal physical capabilities.
Through investigations of different types of performance, you will analyse the body’s shape, parts moved to perform actions, and the bases (body parts) used to support a dancer during different movements. You will typically then explore methods to alter and experiment with Body Awareness through individual performance research projects, sometimes through professional placement.
Careers may range from dance choreography to theatre performance, as well as non-traditional careers such as dance movement psychotherapy and physiotherapy.
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This programme provides you with a broad understanding of the theories and practices of dance movement therapy necessary for safe and effective clinical work, and enables you to practise as a dance movement therapist.
Build your experience of clinical dance movement psychotherapy and use your creativity to promote self-expression. Develop the skills and knowledge to enable you to apply for registration as a dance movement psychotherapist. .
Whether you are an established choreographer intent on refining and hot-housing your practice, a dance artist looking to retrain or a recent graduate from a performance-related subject, this course will give you the opportunity to find new and innovative ways to produce exciting choreography.
Dance studies is a branch of the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences and affiliated with Professional Studies major.