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BA (Hons) Dance Course Overview BA (Hons) Dance  Course Overview

Our course trains you not only to be a technically strong, versatile dancer, but also a dance artist - a performer, who retains what’s unique to you. 

You work in a supportive community where your creativity is encouraged and developed. During your learning, the discipline and etiquette expected of a professional becomes second nature to you, making you work ready.

Accreditated By:

Accredited by CDMT

What You Will


  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Student


    "I can honestly say I was blessed with the best, the most professional advice and versatile training that I have used in every aspect of my professional career so far."

    Billy Joe Rowan - 8 out of 10 Cats, Strictly Come Dancing, Magic to Do (Musical) (Graduated 2016)

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  • Student


    "The versatility of the course and the incredible staff helped me find my voice as a dance artist as they particularly nurtured our individuality."

    Sanea Singh - Ballet Cymru (Graduated 2017)

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  • Student


    "I loved my training! The best years of my life thus far. I was able to flourish with other like minded and passionate artists."

    Myron Birch - Stormzy, Ed Sheeran, Robbie Williams, Bridgerton (Graduated 2011)

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  • Student


    "The versatility of the programme meant that I could explore many parts of myself as a performer to then have the freedom to choose where I would go after graduating."

    Rosie Terry Toogood - John Bishop, Bollywood, Lea Tirabasso (Graduated 2011)

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  • Student


    "LIPA equipped me with everything I needed to succeed as a professional, the knowledge, the foundation of technique and the business lessons and network."

    Jonny Grundy - International aerial artist performing with silks, hoops and flying pole. (Graduated 2015)

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  • Student


    "LIPA taught me to be open, curious and most importantly to own and celebrate my individuality."

    Aishwarya Raut - Member of leading dance company Rambert. Credits also include the film Rocketman and Brit Awards. (Graduated 2017)

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How You Will


  • Technique Classes
    Technique Classes
  • Performances
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Independent Study
    Independent Study
  • Group Work
    Group Work
  • Masterclasses

How You Will Be


You’re continually observed in practical classes, with a final presentation of work at the end of each practical module. There is an element of written work in the form of essays, reports, evaluations and critical reflections. In the third year, you produce a research paper on an area of dance and performance which is of a particular interest to you.

Practical/written work ratio

80% practical work / 20% written assignments

Validated By:

Liverpool John Moores University

On successful completion of your award, our validating body Liverpool John Moores University will issue you with one certificate. The graduation ceremony for this programme will be arranged by LIPA.

What Our

Graduates Do

Our graduates work as performers and choreographers in dance shows, musicals, West End productions, touring productions and on cruise liners and appear in music videos, TV shows, award ceremonies and Bollywood films. Their career achievements have included:

Deavion Brown (2019)

Dancer with Thriller Live, West End, Message in a bottle UK tour. Also played Cy in the film adaptation of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

Thomas Carsley (2019)

Winner of the 2019 Street Dance Final on BBC Young Dancer. He also won the Theatre Forever Solo competition at Summer Dance Forever in 2020.

Mathilde Caeyers (2018)

Received Norwegian Arts Council funding to create her contemporary dance show Eksogen with Intakt Dance. Awarded artistic grant by Arctic Arts Festival to premiere New Religion. Commissioned to produce new work for Extreme Chill Festival and Insomnia.

Olivia Jones (2018)

Performed in The Lion King UK tour.

Renae Hughes (2017)

Formerly one of Rita Ora’s core dancers, recently toured with Little Mix and performed with the band on their BBC show The Search.

Aishwarya Raut (2017)

Member of leading dance company Rambert. Credits also include the film Rocketman and Brit Awards. BA (Hons) Dance

Ella Redhead (2017)

Recently danced in Heartbeat of Home, West End, previously Thriller Live (also West End).

Charlie Knight (2016)

Spent a year performing in Bat Out of Hell in Germany.

Kristine Berget (2015)

Member of hip-hop company Boy Blue, she also danced on Florence + the Machine’s Big God video.

Jonny Grundy (2015)

International aerial artist performing with silks, hoops and flying pole.

Fortune Jordan (2015)

Has danced with Rita Ora, Cher Lloyd and Rick Astley. TV credits include the Royal Variety Performance, Peaky Blinders and 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

Zahra Jones (2014)

Dance captain on Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, West End.

Stevie Mahoney (2013)

Theatre credits include Thriller Live and Exposure. Performed with Dua Lipa, Mabel and Little Mix at the BRIT Awards and on Take That’s 2019 Greatest Hits tour.

Siobhan Hayes (2009)

Artist with dance development agency, Dance4, former assistant artistic director for Stopgap Dance Company.

Bence Vagi (2003)

Founder and artistic director, Recirquel.



It is with great pleasure that we present our graduating Dancers for 2024.

Final Year Dancers




UCAS tariff points required from level 3 qualifications

For example:

  • Two A Levels at grade C or above
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: MPP  
  • BTEC Diploma: MM
  • T level: P (D or E)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: Pass including 64 points from Higher Level subjects

You also need 5 GCSEs grade 4/C or above including English and Maths or Level 2 equivalents.

Mature applicants (aged 21+): if you do not hold the qualifications listed but have relevant work experience, you are welcome to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis.


IELTS or above

You need to meet our English language requirement - a minimum of IELTS 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening). We also accept other English language examination equivalents. You can find out more about English Language requirements here 

You also need academic qualifications at the same level as UK applicants. You can find out more about qualifications from specific countries here

Mature applicants (aged 21+). If you do not hold the academic qualifications but have relevant work experience, you are welcome to apply.  

Educational qualifications are important but limited in what they can tell us about you.

Your natural ability, your fit with what and how we teach, your growth and your potential are also key factors in our admission process. We can’t evaluate these solely on your educational achievements, so no matter which course you are applying for, we look for the following attributes on your application and at the interview stage.




Knowledge, Ability and Experience

We teach jazz, contemporary, ballet and commercial styles, so ideally you’ll have experience of one or more of these dance forms. However, you could come to us with a variety of dance and performance experiences. You need to demonstrate potential and receptiveness to our methods of dance teaching. Some of our considerations include – do you have good physical range, strength and flexibility; are you capable of physically-intensive training; have you got an aptitude for picking up new steps and routines quickly; if you exhibit incorrect technique, are you able to adjust this following demonstration? As we provide some training in singing and acting, you should be willing to engage with this, but you don’t need formal experience in these areas to apply.



We’re interested to hear how you’ve pursued your passion for dance by performing and watching dance outside of your school or college. We understand that distance or cost may have made this difficult, so we would like to read what you have done to connect to dance.


Ability To Work Effectively with Others

While you’re with us (and in your professional work) you’ll work with a range of people – students, teachers and industry professionals, so it’s essential that you can work well with others. We’d like to see that you can take direction and feedback well, listen to others and offer support and constructive feedback.


Broad Interest and Engagement

We look for evidence that you are curious about the world around you and want to engage with all aspects of the course you’re applying for and the wide range of opportunities we offer.



We’d like to know why you’re applying to us and how you think the course you’re applying for will help you to grow and achieve your career aspirations. We’d like to see that you understand your strengths and weaknesses and how we can support you.


A Spirit of Enterprise

We want you to be able to work on your own initiative and see that you’re interested in creating your own opportunities. You may have been involved in creative projects which weren’t part of your regular school/college curriculum, or if you haven’t had the chance to do this, you might have ideas and ambitions which you can tell us about.

  • "LIPA is the real deal, Dance students hone their strengths with budding music producers, writers and artists making this establishment completely unique."

    Gary Lloyd
    Award-winning director, choreographer and writer

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Course Changes

For information on possible changes to course information, please click here.

View the programme specification on the LJMU course catalogue here