UWTSD introduce a new BA Commercial Dance Course.


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is introducing a new BA Commercial Dance programme for the next academic year.


This new degree prepares dancers for the industry in a practical, studio-based learning environment, offering the opportunity to acquire and develop essential technical and artistic skills through professional training.

Led by staff with a wealth of professional experience, students work alongside their peers on an interdisciplinary campus honing their technique and performance skills through several dance projects. It provides a platform for aspiring dance artists to begin their careers in the dance and performing arts sector.

Lecturer Tori Johns said: “I am delighted at the launch of this brand-new degree for aspiring dancers. The opportunity for students to train within Commercial Dance in Wales’s capital is a very exciting development. We have seen a huge increase in demand within the Commercial Dance industry, and I am thrilled that this degree will be the very first of its kind to exist in Wales.”

Students will be able to discover their identity as an artist through studying a wide variety of dance forms, building on varying dance techniques and performance skills, such as Hip Hop, House, Funk, Waacking, Voguing, Ballet, Tap, Jazz and contemporary.

Students will be guided to become their own unique dance artists with an excellent understanding of the current dance industry and the skills to sustain their own creative careers.

Throughout the three years, opportunities will be given to develop skills and give students an understanding of the industry which they will need to foster in order to be able to work professionally and to take advantage of the increasing demand for skilled, versatile, and reliable performers.

In the first year, students will focus on their understanding and development of a diverse range of dance techniques required for the commercial dance industry. Students will build upon skills, whilst learning about all important fitness, nutrition, and injury prevention in order to withstand the demands of the industry. The first year will culminate in a performance project that will be led by a guest choreographer.

The second year will build upon, stretch, and challenge the skills that students have learned from the previous year. Extra skills will be gained within workshops from studying specialist areas such as acro and circus. Focusing on audition techniques, students will gain invaluable insight into audition processes and work within a collaborative project.

During their final year, students will have the opportunity to develop their own dance pieces with guidance from tutors. They will work towards a showcase/showreel, whilst learning how to present themselves as a dance artist. The course will culminate in a large-scale performance project.

 For more information, visit the Wales Academy of Voice & Dramatic Arts (WAVDA) website.


Further Information

Lowri Thomas, Principal Communications and PR Officer

07449 998476