Professional Diploma in Dance Performance

(SCQF Level 8) 2 year HND

Jazzartuk’s unique approach to Professional Dance training has produced the most successful graduates in the land.

To Date 100% of Jazzartuk’s Dance Graduates have gone directly onto prestigious contracts both nationally and internationally.

In today’s performance industry, it is no longer sufficient to only be a dancer. Dancers are now required to have high technical & performance skills in all techniques, plus the ability to sing & act to a professional standard to portray the many characteristics necessary in modern productions, cabaret, musical theatre, pantomime, pop videos & television.

Today’s industry sees performers such as Darcy Bussell now seen not only dancing to prima ballerina standard but singing alongside John Barrowman & Michael Ball in concert tours.

The aim of all Jazzartuk courses is to produce confident, professional young performers & dance teachers of the future.

Studying RAD ballet to Advanced 2 level - working regularly with performers from ‘So you think you can Dance’ - being taught by tutors who are current in the industry and having the basis of Director Sheridan Nicol’s world renowned Jazzart Technique ensures a strong technical base from which to develop and flourish.

The course consists of the following:

• Jazz (Technical /Lyrical/Commercial/Street)
• Classical Ballet (Royal Academy of Dance)
• Horton & Cunningham based Contemporary
• Tap
• Choreography
• Body Conditioning
• Acting for Dancers
• Ensemble Singing for Dancers
• Performance & Production
• Anatomy & Injury Prevention
• Teaching Jazz Dance
• Professional Development / Audition Technique

As with all Jazzartuk courses, the emphasis is on performance with Jazzartuk Dance students performing in both Dance and Musical Theatre Productions.

Jazz Dance

Jazzartuk’s unique training scheme aims to develop flexibility & strength, to enable performance with energy, speed, stamina, co-ordination & control. The student will gain the confidence necessary for auditions & to work in varying jazz dance skills including Hip-Hop, Street Dance & Lyrical.

Classical Ballet

This is the foundation for all other dance disciplines. Classical Ballet aims to develop an understanding of stance, placement & turn-out. The student will focus on understanding how to avoid injury during this module. Year 1 dance students are encouraged to achieve their Intermediate certificate, with year 2 students entered to Advanced 1 certification.

Contemporary/Creative Dance

Horton & Cunningham-based contemporary are part of Jazzartuk’s dance certification. This aids the delivery of energy through an understanding of weight transference to enhance performance – the essence of all performance is energy transfer through centred movement. The student will create their own work, researching different genres of music & styles. All choreographic modules are mentored by senior staff members. The student will be encouraged to create their own work on all Jazzartuk’s vocational courses.

Tap Dance

The student will build a vocabulary of steps & be able to provide a repertoire of combinations. They will develop competence in different tap styles & be versatile performers with a sense of dynamics. Following in the footsteps of our founder Bette Clark (undefeated Tap Dance World Champion), Jazzartuk continues to promote the art of American Rhythm Tap.

Graded Unit: Professional Dance Performance

Performance skills are developed across the vast majority of the individual units, a number of which include the requirement for formal & informal demonstration of skills, in front of an assessor and/or appropriate audience. This helps to develop the student as a performer and develops awareness of:


Self-evaluative skills are developed through an integrated approach to evaluation. This includes the use of personal progress records (log books) which are monitored & assessed regularly. The aim is to provide the student with the skills & discipline necessary to identify areas of strength & weakness in their performance & recognise opportunities to produce strategies & targets for improvement.

Choreographic skills are integrated into the various mandatory dance technique & performance & production units. There are further opportunities to develop choreographic skills in the optional units, should the student desire.

All Professional Dance Performance students participate in singing/voice production & acting/drama workshops, improvisation workshops & audition technique (incorporating monologues & ensemble singing). The school also runs regular guest tutor workshops with top Choreographers & Directors from all areas of the industry.


Monitoring of the student’s progress will be continuous. The student will receive reports from each of their subject tutors. In addition, the course director will feedback on their progress.

All productions, presentations & projects will be assessed by the tutors involved & feedback will be given to the student immediately after the work is completed.

Jazzartuk is recognised by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education as a national training scheme & a model of Good Practice.

Please prepare a solo dance of 2 minutes showing your flexibility, technique, musicality and performance quality.

You will take part in a ballet class, jazz class, vocal ensemble session and drama workshop.

Anyone wishing to sing solo – please bring a backing track.

All music should be edited and on CD or IPad.

The student will have a high grade pass in National 5/Higher English.

Entry is by audition only. The student will take part in the following:

Ballet Class
Jazz Class
Vocal Ensemble
Drama Workshop

The student will prepare a song & monologue.

There will be a formal interview with the audition panel.

The student is expected to wear appropriate dance wear for Ballet & Jazz class. Comfortable clothing should be worn for workshops. Hair must be back from the face at all times & no jewellery is allowed.

Entry to second year after completion of the 1 year HNC course is not automatic. The student will be required to audition for their place on the 2nd year of study.

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