Based in Newcastle, Dance City is an exciting major UK and international hub for dance. Offering a wide variety of training courses, professional performances and additional workshops; Dance City is an instrumental place to study for a degree in dance. The course consists of dance training in primarily contemporary and ballet, plus jazz, urban and street.
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Through social media, I was lucky enough to chat with Emily, a third year BA (hons) Professional Dance student at Dance City. The course, which Emily spoke very highly of, requires 112 UCAS points and GCSEs grade A*-C in English Language and maths, plus 3 A-levels or a BTEC Extended Diploma (DMM or above).
In Emily’s opinion, Dance City welcomed auditionees in a very warm and reassuring manner. With a relaxed atmosphere, she was invited with other auditionees to a presentation and talk before the audition, allowing her to settle-in and gauge more of an understanding of the course. Dance City has a range of stellar facilities, including a variety of professional-standard studios and a fully equipped on-site theatre.
With a total length of 1.5 hours, the audition at Dance City seems to be a lot less intense than other universities/conservatoires. The audition includes a ballet barre assessment, contemporary technique class and a creative session. Dance City welcomes a variety of different abilities, for auditionees with a selection of backgrounds. Emily said that the audition was tailored to suit the needs of the less experienced, whilst still allowing more advanced auditionees to show off their full potential and artistic abilities in the creative task. This is really reassuring to hear- Dance City clearly seeks potential and goes about finding it in an encouraging manner.
Following the audition, successful candidates are then asked to attend an interview. Again, the interview is pleasant and not overly formal, allowing you to relax and properly express yourself. The aim of the interview is to really gauge your motivation for applying, interests, level of commitment and your engagement within the dance scene. Questions that Emily was asked included: What about the course appealed to you most? Why have you applied for Dance City and not for another institute? What other interests do you have? Can you describe a recent dance piece you watched, and what did you like/dislike about it?
Emily was notified in less than a week to find out that she had been successful.
- Dance City is a really exciting place to study, due to the amount of dance-related activities going on there. The theatre creates an inspiring atmosphere, allowing students to not only perform there every year, but gives them the opportunity to watch professional performances too.
- There is a maximum of 20 students per year group, meaning that everyone gets a personalised learning experience and the full support required from their lectures.
- Although Dance City is not considered to be a dance conservatoire, the training and opportunities are of a very similar standard.
- Dance City are looking for potential and not fully-formed dancers. The auditions accommodate dancers with less experience, as well as challenge the more able.
- Emily said that everyone is different in her year, meaning that Dance City aren’t looking for one particular thing or type of dancer. Therefore, as long as you are passionate and can bring something new to the course, you have more of a chance of being successful.
- To prepare for the audition, practise answering some similar interview questions to the ones mentioned above, optimising the quality of your answers.
- Emily also recommends exploring your creative side prior to the audition, as this allows for development of your ideas, which you can then utilise in the creative section of the audition.
A massive thank you goes to Emily for being such a wonderful contributor for this blog post. Audition Quest wishes her the absolute best of luck for the rest of her studies and her future in the dance sector.