Diploma in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre

Our flagship, three year Diploma in Professional Dance or Musical Theatre is for 16 years old+ students who have the drive and aptitude for a career in the performing arts.

Specifically designed to meet the demands of today’s entertainment industry, we produce confident, articulate and multi-skilled performers; true ‘triple threats’. Students qualify with a Level 6 RQF, validated by Trinity College, London.

Students are rigorously assessed throughout their studies and also take part in many performances, covering a range of different styles.

The first year is generic and establishes grounding in all aspects of performing arts.  The course content enables the student to develop high standards and guide them towards their diploma choices for years two and three. First year assessments begin with mock assessment sessions. These are used to evaluate progress and work constructively towards the formal assessments, which are held later in the year. Contextual Studies subjects are marked throughout the year and are on-going until the third year when they are moderated by Trinity College.

Year Two consolidates and expands on the techniques introduced in the first year. Students specialise in either a Dance or Musical Theatre Diploma route with guidance and feedback from their department heads. All students will also study Business Skills as part of the Contextual Studies strand of the course. Performance projects are introduced to enhance the learning process and help students gain an understanding of company work. These projects are led by industry professionals, including choreographers, directors and musical theatre directors from the industry, leading to an assessed performance.

Path One: Dance

While studying the Dance Diploma, students have two key skills in dance subjects and one supporting skill.

Path Two – Musical Theatre

Singing is the core subject for all Musical Theatre students.  A second key skill in Dance or Acting and a supporting skill in another discipline.

Year Three is geared toward graduation and completion of the Diploma. Final assessments are carried out, with Performance Projects for Musical Theatre students comprising one American and one British musical and ongoing Dance Performance Projects. Year Three is also preparation for the profession and focuses heavily on performance for each Diploma path. The Contextual Studies strand includes the writing of CVs and obtaining professional photographs, visits from Equity and Spotlight, and detailed contract and tax advice. Agents and casting directors are invited in to audition the third year students for them to gain representation before they graduate.

Throughout the course, all students have the opportunity to produce their own choreography, which will be assessed by an invited panel and then presented to the college along with the performance projects they have been working on throughout the term, in a twice-yearly dance platform.

Second and Third year students also take weekly guest classes with leading professionals from Theatre, TV and Film.

Term Dates for 2021 – 2022

How To Apply

To apply for an audition please complete our Online Application Form. Please ensure you have 2 current photos ready to upload – A passport sized  & one full length in dancewear.  Once submitted you will be required to pay a £45 Audition Fee which you can do through PayPal or using your credit/debit card. We will then contact you by email with further information regarding the video audition requirement and process.

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Subjects Studied

  • Ballet
  • Contemporary
  • Jazz
  • Commercial and Street Dance
  • Tap
  • Pas de Deux and partner work

  • Singing
  • Acting
  • Integrated Professional Studies
  • Body Conditioning
  • Floor Barre

“I have absolutely nothing but amazing words about my time at Bodywork. Apart from it being incredible training, it really is like having a family away from home and there is nothing better than having that feeling of stability to support you throughout your time there – and even after you’ve flown the nest!

I left after my three year course feeling more than prepared to get out there and fight for what I’ve wanted to do my whole life. If it wasn’t for Bodywork, I wouldn’t be where I am now and I’m eternally grateful for everything they have given me.”

Alice Harvey, 2013 Graduate