BA Performing Arts (Contemporary Dance)


The BA Performing Arts (Contemporary Dance) is a four-year, full-time undergraduate programme designed to develop your dance skills and knowledge of your practice, as well as to include other forms of artistic expression. As a student you will spend extensive studio time developing technique and work in the world-class dance studios at the Academy.  You will also be able to develop your scholarly knowledge and enquiry around your own discipline and genre.  Importantly, you will be introduced to other dance and performance practices and scholarly traditions in order to gain new insights into the worlds of dance and the performing arts, enhancing your creative potential.  You will also study a number of vocationally focused modules aimed at allowing you to translate your artistic and scholarly creativity into a fulfilling career.

In first year, you will focus and develop your own dance practice and be introduced to the critical academic engagement with classical, popular, traditional, contemporary, world dance and music through a performative lens.

From the second year of the programme you will focus on Contemporary Dance and students will undertake specialist modules in dance studies, experiential anatomy and movement analysis as well as dance pedagogy.

You will learn a range of Contemporary Dance Techniques, Choreography, Ballet and movement awareness techniques such as Yoga, Pilates and Feldenkrais. The course will also give the opportunity to engage with other practices including Aerial Dance, Hip hop and Irish traditional dance. You will gain the contextual understanding and the critical, analytical and reflective skills which will inform your artistic practice.

As a student, you will be based at the world-class facilities of the Irish World Academy building, equipped to the highest standards with cutting edge performance and rehearsal spaces and technological infrastructure. Tuition is provided by a faculty of excellent performers and academics, as well as industry professionals and  international guest artists and researchers.

The programme prepares you for many different career paths including professional performance; further study; work in cultural institutions; media related posts; archival work; performance production; portfolio careers combining the preceding and others in entrepreneurial ways.


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