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What does a Ulster Dance Graduate look like and what are the career opportunities?

The dance degree programme at the University of Ulster is committed to enabling students to gain skills and expertise that can be applied across the professional field. Dance is a vibrant environment to work within and demands skill, expertise, creativity and flexibility as well as a strong sense of entrepreneurship. We recognise that to sustain a career in such a profession the modern professional dance artist is required to be multi – skilled and resourceful.


Here at The University of Ulster we take pride in teaching that ensures you have a wide range of skills to suit the work environment. A University of Ulster dance graduate not only has technical dance skill, choreographic skill, performance experience and contextual knowledge but they also have the ability to apply this knowledge within the professional field, whether as a dancer, choreographer, facilitator, administrator, or dance researcher.  To ensure that students are prepared for life as a dance professional we expose our students to many teaching and learning opportunities led and supported by dance professionals currently working in the industry. We feel that this strong link and exposure to the professional dance environment during training and the range and depth of the skills we develop ensures that a Ulster dance graduate is confident, resourceful, highly skilled and above all prepared to enter the workplace.

Career Opportunities

The course at the University of Ulster offers an intensive training designed to equip students with a range of skills necessary for today’s dance artist. As a graduate of a BA. Hons Degree in Dance students have the skills and expertise to enter the profession in many areas; dance performance, choreography, administration, community dance and dance in education. Students may also progress to further study, research or a teaching qualification.


Our graduates have found careers as dancers, choreographers, teachers, community dance artists and dance in education workers. Some examples are:


Alexandra  Boettcher (2007 Graduate) - Gained a place on the Daghdha Dance Company Mentoring Programme 07/08 enabling her to develop her interest in visual media and dance.


Danielle Knocker (2008 Graduate) - Recipient of a business start up award. Danielle successfully set up education and community dance company DK Dance


Ryan O'Neill (2008 Graduate) - Gained a place with Transitions Dance Company, Laban, London then went on to perform with Maiden Voyage Dance Company.


Claire Williamson (2008 Graduate) - Gained a place studying for a PGCE in dance and currently works teaching key stage 3 & 4 at a performing arts college in England.


Breda McNulty (2008 Graduate) - Currently works as Community Dance Artist for Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre, Northern Ireland.


Oona Doherty (2009 Graduate) - Gained a place with Transitions Dance Company, Laban, London.


Bridget Madden (2009 Graduate) - Graduated then went to work in New York for Solas An Lae Dance School and Company where she was responsible for choreographing, teaching, training and mentoring both the school and company.


You can read some of what our students have had to say here.


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