Déda in Chapel Street have joined forces with the University of Derby to launch the new degree which will be one of the only Higher Education courses based off-campus at a professional dance house.
As part of the University’s open day potential Dance students will visit Déda, as well as having the opportunity to view the facilities on campus at Kedleston Road and Markeaton Street.
The degree will start in September 2014 and will be based at the expanded theatre and dance studio facilities which will be completed at Déda next summer.
The £412,000 project will include the redevelopment of part of the neighbouring Queen’s Leisure Centre which will be linked to the existing Déda building by a stunning glass atrium. Work is due to start early summer 2014.
This specialist Dance degree will include theory and practical contemporary dance development with modules covering choreography, dance techniques performance skills, production, history and applying dance in health and community settings.
The new dance studio at Déda has also been designed with capacity for teaching the latest aerial circus dance skills.
These are growing in stature and demand within the profession and have already featured heavily in outdoor productions staged across the region by the organisation’s sister company Déda Producing.
Students will be working with top choreographers and dance professionals on a daily basis.
There will also be a wide range of work placement opportunities both at Déda and through its extensive network of professional touring dance companies to increase students’ employability in the Arts.
Déda Dance Development Manager Clare Limb said: “We are very excited about welcoming the first prospective students and there has already been a great deal of interest from colleges and sixth forms – particularly in the East Midlands.
“Launching a degree that is based at a professional dance house and aimed at talented young dancers is a natural progression for Déda.
“We have a flourishing youth academy development programme and a national reputation for staging high quality performance.
“The degree therefore bridges the gap between these two successful areas of work.
“It fulfils a real need in the region for a specialist degree that has a clear focus on the employability skills required to be successful not only as a professional dancer but also in a range of different careers including teaching in schools as a dance specialist, community development work and professional choreography.”
Huw Davies, Dean of the University’s Faculty of Arts Design and Technology added: “Students on the course will be based at Déda and will also benefit from our full range of student facilities, support and life experience as they will be part of the University.
“The new degree will attract talented dancers from across the country and greatly contribute to the cultural life of the city and county.
“We look forward to welcoming the first students who will have the opportunity to experience Déda’s wonderful new facilities, and the high quality teaching and mentoring from some of the top dance professionals in the UK.”
To book a place at the open day visit: http://www.derby.ac.uk/opendaydance
Find out more about the degree at: http://www.derby.ac.uk/dedadance