The BA (Hons) Dance Practices course is essentially practice-based and reflects the changing nature of the dance industry. The Dance Department at Liverpool John Moores University has been groundbreaking and awarded for enriching its curriculum with in-house projects that provide students with real life experiences. These are innovative projects that connect the lecturers’ research areas with the industry and the community. For instance, our dance company, JMUpstart, gives final year students first-hand experience of being a professional performer in a contemporary dance company. The company has toured in a variety of festivals and conferences nationally since 2005, including the Edinburgh International Arts Festival. 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. The “Improvisation Collective” project integrates graduate and undergraduate dance students who explore a practice based research enquiry through workshops, discussion, reflection and performance.