SCQF Level 8
Performing Arts

Course Overview

Dance Artists HND is a creative and technically challenging course designed to make you industry-ready as you progress towards a career in the dance sector. Push your artistic potential as you engage in professional training from experienced dancers in Performing Arts Studio Scotland (PASS) dance studios.  


This course will develop your skills in several dancing techniques as well as teach you commercial dance styles, choreography, teaching skills and contextual subjects.

Performing Arts Studio Scotland (PASS) has a range of exceptional professional facilities including the Pass studio theatre as well as dance, acting and aerial studios

This course has a primary focus on teaching and creating dance projects and you will complete a practical work placement. This will be made available through PASS industry connections. Immerse yourself in the art of dance as you gain essential experience in professional environments and make crucial connections with industry professionals. You will work with a variety of client groups of varying ages and abilities to create workshops, events and projects with essential and practical experience. The course will ensure your progression into the professional industry or further study such as our in-house degree program. Please see blow for audition information.


What You Will Learn

  • Practical Performance Opportunities 
  • Choreography 
  • Dance Technique: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary & Commercial 
  • Graded Unit 
  • Performance and Production 
  • Theoretical Knowledge 
  • Body Conditioning 
  • Professional Guest Workshops 

Placement Information

  • You will be given the opportunity to take part in a range of performance opportunities during your course 

Entry Requirements

  • Two Highers NC at SCQF Level 6

  • Based on a practical audition, we look for potential, commitment, energy and focus
  • Must be physically and academically able to take part fully in all practical and theoretical classes

English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed

  • You will be assessed through practical demonstrations and theoretical assignments

Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements

For HN Dance Artist our audition process is broken down into 5 parts: 

Part 1: Practical Ballet Exercises
Part 2: Practical Contemporary Exercises
Part 3: Practical Jazz Combination
Part 4: 1.5 minute self choreographed creative solo

Part 5: A short 1 minute video telling us who you are and why you want to train in dance at PASS

Once you have completed your application form online you will be sent an email with a link to the requirements for Part 1 – 5.  Demo and tutorial footage will be provided to help you achieve what is being asked. There will also be a guide to uploading your footage to YouTube or using an alternative method for submission.

We do not expect everyone to have experience but we would ask that you attempt the exercises and combinations shown and send those as evidence for your practical audition.

Remember we are looking for potential not perfection so please do your best.

Audition Footage must be submitted by emailing your links to by the following dates in 2021:

• February  19th
• March   26th
• April   29th
• May   28th
• June  18th
Should you have any further questions regarding the course or audition please mail us on

Progression And Articulation Routes
  • BA (Hons) Dance accredited by Kingston University

Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities

  • Dancer
  • Teacher
  • Facilitator
  • Dance artist
  • Arts administrator
  • Choreographer
  • Community artist
  • Dance development officer

Number Of Days Per Week
  • 4 to 5 days but you will be expected to work out with College class hours

Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories

Anwar Russell speaks of his time spent at Edinburgh College:

“During my time at College I was taught a variety of techniques and classes giving me a well-rounded knowledge of dance which helped me to decide the route I personally wanted to take in my professional career. There are so many opportunities to perform during your course which you do not get at many other dance schools and the facilities are excellent. There is also a great nurturing environment if you wish to create work of your own. I was always given honest critical feedback which helped me grow as an artist and performer.”

Most recently Anwar has just finished a tour of Matthew Bournes Swan Lake. He also performed at the 2009 Brit Awards as a dancer for Pet Shop Boys and briefly worked with the creative team for the movie Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. Other work includes performing at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival for comedians Adam Hills and Jason Byrne.

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