This BA (Hons) Dance Practices course is essentially practice-based and reflects the changing nature of the dance industry, alongside opportunities to share your work in public arenas. Following extensive consultation with the dance industry, this course has been designed so that from Level 5 you will be able to specialise, either as a ‘creator’, spending time in the studio with peers and visiting artists, or as a ‘teacher-facilitator’, working in external venues with a variety of different client groups such as youth groups or residential homes. Currently LJMU is one of the leading dance institutions in the country and one of only a handful to offer community/education practice. You will have the opportunity to get involved in a number of projects run by the department. For instance, our dance company, JMUpstart, gives final year students first-hand experience of running a dance business and regularly secures funding to lead community projects with disadvantaged young people, as well as contracts for dance in local primary and secondary schools. The company has toured a variety of conferences and festivals since 2008, including the Edinburgh International Arts Festival. The Distant Voices project links up with universities across USA & Europe and explores the use of web-cam technology to share creative and performance practices. Technology as a creative medium for dance artists is embedded into a variety of modules from level 4, 5 & 6. There is an improvisation project that integrates graduate and undergraduate dance students who explore a practice based research enquiry through workshops, discussion, reflection and performance. Practical sessions will evolve through exploration and elaboration of new lines of movement experimentation and enquiry. We combine a research-oriented project with practical, artistic and more performance based enquiries, exploring and discussing our findings and the potential for exchange of ideas to create a performance work. There will be plenty of opportunities for public performance through various projects and touring opportunities during the course. Work-related learning is embedded in the programme too, so you will spend a proportion of your studies on work placement, be it teaching practice or in an administrative or creative/performance role. New for September 2017, our IM Marsh campus offers students access to a free onsite fitness gym with brand new facilities. All LJMU students are also entitled to apply for free off-peak membership for Lifestyles Fitness Centres across Liverpool and discounted peak-rate membership is also available so you can keep yourself active alongside your Dance practice studies.