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.

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Course overview

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.

What will I study?

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

Who is it for?

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.


You will spend the equivalent of 3-4 days a week on placement during the course. Placements are tailored to your interests and experience and can include:

  • Secondary schools & academies
  • Further Education colleges
  • Higher Education settings
  • Community groups
  • Private dance schools
  • Museum and gallery learning teams
  • Regional dance agencies
  • Dance company outreach departments

Placements are sourced in the Yorkshire region or the wider North. If you are currently employed in a teaching capacity and wish to make your employer your host institution this is also possible.


Teaching at NSCD is tailored to the nature of the modules being taken, combining practical and theoretical learning to best prepare you for the demands of the industry. Taught hours for each module reflect the nature of the module and current professional practice.

Teaching on this course combines lectures, seminars and tutorial sessions with practical professional experience, workshops, placement activity, guided reflection and one-to-ones with tutors – at NSCD and on placement.

Teaching on this course is delivered by staff with a wide range of educational experience ranging from teaching in community and prevocational settings to Higher and Further education.


When not on placement, you will have access to our wide range of industry-standard facilities on-site to develop your practice, carry out research and test ideas in a supportive, creative learning environment. This includes:

  • 7 large dance studios
  • Riley Theatre, our on-site performance venue
  • Lighting Studio
  • Video and Sound Editing Suite
  • Arts and dance Library
  • Fully-resourced Bodywork Studio
  • Pilates equipment
  • NSCD VLE (Virtual Learning Environment)

NSCD Value for money

We are committed to providing a holistic experience for our students. Based on a comparison with other courses of an equivalent price, we typically offer the following as ‘value added’:

  • Enrichment classes, some of which are free to NSCD students – these have included Gaga, pointe work, fitness, men’s ballet vocabulary, yoga, percussion, lighting for dance and gymnastics for dancers
  • Access to visiting artists’ and practitioners’ talks
  • Reduced-price theatre tickets and deals
  • On-site injury intervention and support
  • On-site counselling service
  • On-site learner support
  • On-site English language support
  • Access to additional rehearsal spaces
  • Access to projects and research run by staff and our network of partner organisations