Dance – IGNITE Dance Centre Diploma – Level 3


Professional dancer? Choreographer? Dance Teacher? Inspired? Interested? Well, we have the course for you!

Our Level 3 qualification is designed to provide you with a high standard of technical, creative and performance training. All of our dancers become proficient in ballet, contemporary, urban, commercial, heels, jazz, tap, choreography, improvisation, performance and safe dance practice. During your studies you will work alongside our expert staff, who are outstanding practitioners who still work professionally within the industry.

Our mission is to provide students with the best professional training in all styles. We have a reputation for developing outstanding versatile dancers and enhance dancer's ability to reach their highest potential through vocational training.

Hard work breeds opportunities!



  • What will be studied

    You will study a variety of units over 2 academic years to obtain your Extended Diploma.

    You will participate in at least 3 performances a year within our own theatre. Other opportunities to perform will also be available throughout the two years.

    Year 1 is predominantly focused on 'Technical Development', where you will develop and refine your technical ability and understanding in all styles of dance studied.

    Units include:

    • Contemporary Dance Technique,
    • Ballet,
    • Jazz,
    • Commercial,
    • Urban,
    • Choreography,
    • Tap Dance,
    • Performance Preparation,
    • Heels,
    • Improvisation,
    • Repretoir,
    • Body Conditioning,
    • Fitness


    Year 2 focuses on 'Applying Technique and Performance skills, where you will undertake additional units to enhance and finesse your skills as a developing artist, whilst preparing for Vocational and University Audition. Units include:

    • Contemporary Dance Technique
    • Ballet
    • Jazz
    • Urban
    • Commercial Heels
    • Contact Improvisation
    • Ballroom
    • Dance Fitness
    • Pilates and Stretch
    • Audition Preparation
    • Tap Dance
    • Performing Arts business
    • Historical Context
    • Final Performance

    Throughout your two years of training, you will perfect your craft and additional private singing and acting classes are available if you wish to audition for performing arts schools, which will be scheduled outside of your timetable.

  • What are the entry requirements?

    In order to be considered for this popular qualification, you must have:

    • 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (formerly grade C) or above, which should ideally include English and Maths, alternatively completion of a Level 2 qualification in the subject area, with an overall Merit profile
    • A passion for dance
    • A strong work ethic
    • The ability to work as part of a team
    • The initiative to work independently


    PLEASE NOTE: During this process, individual circumstances where students do not fully meet the entry requirements may be considered.

    Once we have received your application you will then be invited to an audition where you will complete classes in Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz. You will also need to perform a short solo which best showcases your talents. You will then complete a short interview with our course leader.

  • Where does this course lead to?

    Since training with Ignite Dance Centre our dancers careers include those such as West End and Broadway performers, freelance artist, cruise ship entertainers, choreographers, backing dancers, dance teacher or lecturer and dance movement therapists.

    We are known for 100% success rate meaning that after completing your training with us your will progress onto further training at the UK's most prestigious conservatories such as

    • Laban
    • Laine Theatre Arts
    • Bird College
    • Northern School of Contemporary Dance
    • LIPA
    • Masters
    • The Urdang Academy
    • Shockout
    • Wilkes Academy
    • Addict 
    • Tiffanys Theatre School.
  • What qualifications will be gained?
    • Edexcel Level 3 (90 Credit) Diploma in Performing Arts - Dance (Year 1).

    Progression to the second year is dependent on successful completion of Year 1.

    • Edexcel Level 3 (180 Credit) Extended Diploma in Performing Arts - Dance (Year 2}
  • How will this course be delivered?

    This programme will be delivered via

    • Practical workshops
    • Theoretical studies
    • Tutorials from our award-winning staff

    You could be dancing up to 23 hours a week with Ignite Dance Centre

    Our students' study five intensive days a week 9-5 at IGNITE Dance Centre Kidderminster College within our specialised dance studios. Compulsory evening rehearsals will be timetabled during show terms and busy periods, at the discretion of the course leader students often perform in competitions and youth dance platforms over some weekends.

    Classes generally run between 9am-5pm but may vary. Timetables will be given to all students during enrolment and induction week.

  • How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed within every practical lesson after a 12 week period. Each class is designed to gradually build your technical development and understanding. You will then undergo a practical assessment in front of an invited audience and your dance lecturers under exam conditions.

    Each practical lesson has a theoretical strand attached to it, in order to deepen your understanding into the technique practiced and how to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses.

    Essays are spread throughout the year to avoid the stress of being overloaded with work.

  • How to get a place?
    Fill out our quick and easy application form HERE

    Once you have applied you will be invited to one of our 4 auditions over the year.

    During your audition you will undergo classes in Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz. You will also be required to perform a short solo that best showcases your talents. The final aspect of the audition will see you completing a short interview with our course leader. You will then hear from us within two working weeks to inform you on the success of the audition.

    Some dancers may be awarded a place on our Level 2 course if we believe you are not ready to train on the Level 3.

  • Other Information:

    The course is absolutely free! However, there are other costs involved whilst studying on the course.

    As we run our course in a vocational manner and conform to industry standards there is a set uniform for each discipline studied. The uniform list will be sent out once you have gained your place with us at Ignite, allowing you plenty of time to purchase your uniform.

    We aim to provide learners with workshops throughout the year. Each workshop will be led by industry professionals and within each style of dance, usually costing around £6.

    Additionally, whilst studying on the course we would expect you to bring equipment to classes to assist with completing lesson tasks, such as;

    • Pens
    • Pencils
    • Memory stick
    • Notepad
  • Exam Board:

    Since training with IGNITE Dance Centre our dancers careers include those such as West End and Broadway performers, freelance artist, cruise ship entertainers, choreographers, backing dancers, dance teacher or lecturer and dance movement therapists.


Start Date : September 2022 End Date : June 2024 Fee : N/A
Day : N/A Time : N/A Fee Description : N/A Duration : 2 Years
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