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Cornwall College St Austell LEVEL: 3 Music & Performing Arts

Altitude Dance Training Programme

Do you love to perform or create movement? Have you had a lifelong passion for dance? Perhaps you’ve been dancing since you were five years old, perhaps you are just beginning your journey and wish to explore an inherent talent and desire to explore dance further?

Our Altitude dance programme at our St Austell campus has a renowned reputation, which has enabled students to progress to some of the most prestigious dance schools and conservatoires in the country or even directly in to the industry. Our outstanding facilities include The Keay Theatre, professional, heated & sprung dance studios, as well as other rehearsal and performance spaces. 

If you are considering a career in the dance industry then we offer you the choice of three specialist courses, all of which are equivalent to A-levels. Our Level 2 Performing Arts course is ideal should your GCSE results not be what you expected, with the option to progress to one of our Level 3 diplomas. Full time Level 3 UAL Dance vocational training programme, or ‘Altitude’ (equivalent to 3 A-Levels), or if you are considering studying A-levels there is the option to achieve a UAL Dance diploma across two years of study.

The dance programme is geared towards preparing young adults for the industry and therefore the course replicates a working dance company. This means learners are prepared for what is expected within both Higher Education and the dance world.

Learn exhilarating subjects such as Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Urban, Movement, Rehearsing, Performing and Choreography. Take part in daily dance technique classes which incorporate strengthening exercises to keep you strong! You will also have access to optional acting and music lessons.

With such diverse subjects on offer, students have the opportunity to explore and develop a variety of styles and skills to assist them with their onward journey as a dance practitioner or related field.

As part of your course you will be required to carry out Work Experience and/or an Industry Placement. For more details please click here.


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Ideal if:

You are interested in developing all styles dance, choreography or fitness and would like to develop a range of skills enabling you to explore various dance careers including: performing, teaching, choreography, movement therapy, fitness etc.

You’ll need:

Four GCSEs at grade 4, including English and mathematics. Successful selection is also based on interview and an audition.

You’ll learn:

Through a range of exhilarating units covering subjects such as ballet, jazz, contemporary and commercial, as well as project work that will encourage you to become an intelligent and reflective dance artist.


Daily practical dance technique classes which incorporate strength and fitness related practice, together with creative project work. Students will also be required to complete theoretical assignments as part of the course which deepens their understanding of the subject and maintains a high standard of literacy skills, helping to prepare them for university and industry.

If you pass this course it will provide you with an automatic UNCONDITIONAL place on the Dance and Choreography Degree course at the renowned Falmouth University; www.falmouth.ac.uk/dance-choreography.

You’ll love:

Our teachers are professional dancers who trained at conservatoires.

You’ll go on to:

Continue to higher education study or conservatoire training. Successful completion of Altitude Dance will give you a guaranteed place on the BA (Hons) Dance at Falmouth University. Learners have gone on to study at Trinity Laban, NSCD, Performers College, Bodywork, London Studio Centre, Shockout, Urdang, Middlesex University, Laine Theatre Arts, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and more.


Music & Performing Arts
Music & Performing Arts



Start Date

September 2020


St Austell


2 Years full-time


Jake Moyle Dance Diploma

After completing the dance diploma Jake was offered a place at the London Studio Centre where he trained in dancing, singing and acting. Since graduating in 2014 he has worked on various
commercials, including the House of Fraser Christmas advert, been a backing dancer on the X Factor, a chimney sweep in the film Mary Poppins Returns starring Emily Blunt, performed on The Voice and Strictly Come Dancing, and toured with Take That. He now lives in LA.

“I love how diverse professional dancing can be; I’m always doing something different. If you are thinking of pursuing a career in the performing arts you should take this course. It’s not easy, you have to work hard and want it, but if you want it,you can make it happen. I had an amazing time at college due to a great group of peers and a strong set of teachers.”

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