BA (Hons) Dance Education

 

A First Class Honours graduate of the Royal Academy of Dance.

 

I graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance with First Class Honours in Dance Education. The varied BA (Hons) Dance Education programme not only equips graduates with the anatomical, musical and pedagogical knowledge and understanding to teach dance but also engages with philosophical, professional and practical issues in the fields of dance and dance education.

The Royal Academy of Dance is one of the world’s most influential institutions for dance education and dance teacher training. Founded by an international group of dancers and dance teachers in 1920 to set standards for dance teaching in the United Kingdom, the organisation now operates in 85 countries. Its classical ballet syllabus is taught globally, with over 240,000 candidates taking Royal Academy of Dance ballet examinations each year. Beyond this, an ever-increasing programme of outreach work takes dance into diverse communities, while the Faculty of Education develops knowledge that informs and inspires dance enthusiasts all over the world.

 

 

After initially acquiring a broad perspective on dance education across all contexts, I explored dance in the community, dance for older learners and dance in higher education. This afforded me insight into the benefits of dance participation for assorted individuals and has enhanced my teaching practice by empowering me as a reflective and empathetic professional. Furthermore, examining these topics has enriched my awareness of the irreplaceable role of the arts, and specifically dance, in lifelong education.

In other modules, I focused on ballet. This enabled me to delve into the relationship between music and mime, refining my appreciation of Romantic Era ballets and facilitating new ways to use the music as an educational resource in the studio. Concentrating on ballet also made the most of my expertise as a journalist and dance writer by allowing me to discuss familiar ballet companies in relation to relevant historical, political, economic, artistic and educational circumstances.

Completing my dissertation, titled Meet Me at the Barre: Community in the Ballet Class, combined my skills as a researcher, interviewer, writer and academic with my passion as a dance student and dance teacher. Inspired by my own experience of ballet classes, I investigated the role of the ballet teacher in making the most of the sense of community that the ballet class can provide.

 

 

I was awarded an academic scholarship bursary by the Faculty of Education in 2016 and was one of just fifteen students to successfully graduate from the BA (Hons) Dance Education programme in 2017. Studying Dance Education with the Royal Academy of Dance has certainly reaffirmed to me just how much zeal I personally have for learning, improving, performing and watching dance. Without a doubt, sharing dance with others through both my writing and teaching is something I take great pride in and feel privileged to do.

Teaching itself is very much an art. No one approach will necessarily work for every learner and individuals differ when it comes to their reasons to dance. My teaching ethos is therefore based on an ambition to help everyone in my dance classes to recognise their own strengths and progress positively.

The Royal Academy of Dance often uses the tagline “Learn. Teach. Dance” in its marketing materials and I think this is an excellent motto to live by. I will continue to seek knowledge, share ideas and seize every chance to dance. Now possessing a comprehensive knowledge of dance and education, in addition to experience teaching individuals of all ages, I aspire to inspire the students and audiences of the future!

 

 

 

Georgina has a well-honed ability for communicating dance on the page – making the movement live and capturing detail.

Seeing her ideas, writing style and knowledge grow during the completion of her degree was inspiring.

It’s always lovely to work with someone who absorbs feedback, challenges ideas and pushes boundaries.

 

Libby Costello

Programme Manager and Senior Lecturer, Royal Academy of Dance