Northern School of Contemporary Dance
Course type
1 year full-time (Home & Overseas students) or 2 years part-time (Home students only)
Organisation Northern School of Contemporary Dance

MA Dance Teaching & Facilitating

Type: Postgraduate

Qualification: MA Dance Teaching & Facilitating 

Duration: 1 year full-time (Home & Overseas students) or 2 years part-time (Home students only)

Validated by: University of Kent

Advance your knowledge and skills as a teacher and facilitator of dance. Choose to focus on contemporary, ballet, commercial and/or street styles, with placements tailored to your interests.

This course is suitable for graduates of three-year dance degree programmes or those with equivalent educational/professional experience. It is suitable for both international students looking to develop their teaching skills and for students familiar with the UK education system who want to work in this environment.

Whatever your career aims, this course will equip you with the key teaching skills you need to succeed in this field and enable you to apply them in a variety of contexts.


The MA Dance Teaching and Facilitating enables you to develop all aspects of your teaching, combining practical experience with theoretical study.

Based both at NSCD and working on placement, you will observe, assist and lead on dance activity, looking at different learning and teaching styles, different learner profiles and how to most effectively educate in an inclusive learning environment.

Through this hands-on approach you’ll learn how to plan, deliver and assess dance effectively, supported by a specialist mentor.

Please note: an enhanced DBS check is required for those working with children and young people whilst on placement. This is processed on your behalf by NSCD.


The course is designed to enhance all elements of your practice, with teaching covering individual lesson planning, developing a curriculum, how to cater for the full range of learners, creating an inclusive environment and how to develop a research-led teaching practice. It is divided into the following modules:

  • Dance Teaching and Learning in Context
  • Inclusive Creative Practice
  • Dance Workshop Design and Planning
  • Professional Practice
  • Independent Action Research Project


The MA Dance Teaching & Facilitating is for anyone with an existing dance practice in contemporary, ballet, commercial or street styles. Whether you are just at the beginning of your teaching career or an established teacher looking to develop your existing skills, the course thrives on bringing perspectives from different backgrounds and levels of experience together.

The course takes in multicultural, international cohorts, and welcomes applications from the UK, EU, EEA and overseas.

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