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This course explores the creative and professional skills needed for dance teachers, educators and youth dance leaders. The programme has a similar structure to a PGCE Dance: theoretical modules in dance pedagogy and two long teaching placements. It explores the wider educational needs and remits for dance teachers beyond secondary schools: further education colleges, youth dance groups, dance schools and a range of community dance settings.

This programme develops emerging dance educators in a unique way: identifying and supporting the artistry inherent in dance teaching. It will highlight the role of choreography in teaching young people and explore the creative aspects of a dance educator through choreographic skills specific to making dance work with and for young people.

PGCE Dance holders have the opportunity to undertake a ‘top-up’ route to pursue the MA on one-year, part-time course. For dance educators at any stage in their career, this course will support you in developing your creative skills and deepening your abilities to support your students in and through dance.

You will:

  • practice in a creative university with leading industry partnerships, including relationships with Arts Council England in talent development, OneDanceUK, and many regional youth dance companies.
  • have the opportunity to apply through a possible part-time ‘top-up route’, should you hold a PGCE Dance and want to pursue an MA Dance.

This course is for you if:

  • you are an emerging or established dance educator needing the time and support to deepen your creative work and advance your career towards a new aspiration.
  • you want to develop as both a dance teacher and creative artist, enabling you to pursue a sustainable career in your field.
  • you wish to engage with key theories, concepts and practices central to dance teaching and education.

Course Details

We will support you to expand and refine your approaches as a dance educator working in a wide range of educational situations.

Throughout the programme, you will:

  • Engage with creative trends and current issues within dance teaching, such as talent development, core UK dance curriculums and strategies for inclusive dance teaching
  • Undertake two teaching placements, supporting dance education delivery in both curricular and extra-curricular/non-curricular settings
  • Develop your own creative research project, drawing on your experiences in teaching and choreography and testing your future creative practices your wider work as a dance educator

Visit the website for further information on modules.

Teaching and Assessment

As the course is highly practical in nature, you will be taught in a mixture of physical and practical methods. This includes practical demonstration in technique classes and workshops, with a mixture of verbal and embodied feedback given throughout.

Modules are also supported by practical workshops, lectures, seminars and facilitated student discussion. In many areas, theoretical or screened content is related directly to the students’ practical experiences to underpin their holistic development as dance educators.

You will be supported by staff supervision in your dance teaching/industry placements and independent research projects. In these final projects, student-centred approaches consider the individual’s chosen area of enquiry and combine instruction with guidance and feedback to support your personal development and exploration.

Assessment on this course is done through a combination of formative and summative assessment, supporting and promoting the slow and ongoing nature of your personal development. There will also be formal means to present the outcome of your learning through writing, practical presentations and performances.

You will be assessed through: performances, portfolios of creative, reflective and analytical written work, practical/creative and oral presentations, as well as essays.

School of Arts and Media

The School of Arts and Media is the largest School at the University of Salford with more than 4,000 creative students. Across sites at MediaCityUK and the University's Peel Park campus, we offer a huge variety of courses, from fashion image making and styling, television and radio, creative writing and music to journalism, animation, design and performance.


Graduates will be able to work in a range of environments within the cultural sector.

This programme has links with a number of industry bodies, including:

  • OneDanceUK
  • The Lowry’s Youth Development Team and Commotions Youth Dance Company
  • Dance Manchester
  • Ludus Dance and LYDC

In addition, we have an annual dance artist-in-residence scheme which has engaged with companies such as Company Chameleon, Hawk Dance Theatre, Kapow Dance Theatre, along with many independent dance artists. These schemes bring workshops, apprenticeships, performance and project opportunities and mentoring opportunities to our dance students. 

Visit the Dance: Creative Dance Education - MA page on the University of Salford website for more details!





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