Dance Academy Curriculum

Athlete Component

Aim: To develop students as elite and versatile performers.

Provide performance opportunities; 

  • in house
  • studio shows with Boy Blue
  • bi-annual A Night with Boy Blue show at the Barbican
  • annual BA Broadway Show
  • the Barbican Associate Schools 
  • Dance Festivals

Develop students’ physical, technical and expressive skills through small group/individual sessions and within Wednesday sessions.

Access to Strength & Conditioning sessions.

Audition technique and preparation; in house, invited guest artists; for professional jobs.

Audition opportunities for Boy Blue Youth, Centre for Advanced Training Schemes at The Place and Trinity Laban; Homefam; HydroGenUk.

Concept videos.

Professional work opportunities.

One to one mentoring and target setting.


Artist Component

Aim: To nurture students' individual artistry and enable creative outlets to support wellbeing.

Modules will explore:

  • Choreography- standard and conceptual
  • Creative processes- for stage, for camera/film, site specific, for a brief, etc
  • Notation and archiving choreography
  • Creative exploration 
  • Philosophy
  • Wellbeing will underpin one to one mentoring and target setting to support creative development


Entrepreneur Component

Aim: To develop knowledge and skills in a breadth of Dance areas to develop character and transferable skills to sustain a successful career within any field. 

Modules will explore the below foci by providing workshops with experts within each area and projects within professional settings (theatres/sets/companies) for students to undertake these roles:

  • Movement direction 
  • Stage Management
  • Technical staff- Lighting, sound 

Students will also develop knowledge and skills in the below Dance fields:

  • Dance journalism 
  • Physiotherapy
  • Education teams- teaching, outreach, etc
  • Instructor qualifications- exercise to music/fitness 
  • Students will be supported in developing knowledge and application in the below areas:
  • Social media and content creation- how to be safe online weaved through 
  • Networking 
  • Branding 
  • CV writing and portfolio development 

Students will receive one to one mentoring on Post 18 pathways, target setting and career development.