This course is a partnership between the University of Bolton and Shockout Arts, based in central Manchester, and is designed to give you the edge to succeed in the busy performing arts market place. The course has been designed to reflect the needs of professional commercial organisations operating in this industry. It focuses on developing your practical skills to a high level and you will undertake your physical dance training in Shockout Arts’ high-standard industry-approved dance studios. Additionally, your studies of specialist subject areas will be underpinned by knowledge and understanding of the key concepts needed for an all-round appreciation of commercial dance in a professional context. You will acquire a thorough grounding in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Commercial dance, and develop the knowledge and skills needed for a career in a variety of exciting and demanding professions in this industry. Shockout Arts has longstanding links with organisations and employers in the performing arts industry throughout the United Kingdom and internationally. The programme is designed to address the current and future needs of such employers, and to enhance your lifelong career prospects as a professional commercial dancer. Shockout Arts’ tutors enjoy a well deserved reputation for being approachable and interested in their students’ progress. As a student on the BA (Hons) Professional and Commercial Dance with Foundation programme you are assured individual support and guidance at every stage.