• Code: PD
  • Certification: BTEC National  Foundation Diploma in Dance Level 5 equivalence on the NFQ
  • Duration: One Year


This exciting new programme skills the dance practitioner/learner and prepares them for entry into today’s industry of dance. It provides the learner with an understanding of the skills and knowledge required to pursue a career in dance. The emphasis is on performance, technique and choreography. The one year course gives the learner a comprehensive knowledge of various dance styles and related subjects and allows them the opportunity to develop his/her potential. The course aims to provide a rm foundation for further studies in dance. It offers a direct route to the Higher National Diploma which will enable learners to proceed to a top up year at University to achieve a B.A. Honours in Dance.

Programme of Study
  • Choreography
  • Classical Ballet
  • Contemporary
  • Dance Performance
  • Dance Research
  • Jazz Dance
  • Performing to an Audience
  • Performance Workshops

Also included are

  • Backing Dancer
  • Dance in the Community
  • Injury Prevention
  • Improvisation
  • Kinesiology
  • Nutrition for the Dancer
  • Pointe Work
  • Rehearsal and Live Performance Skills

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent
  • Leaving Certificate Applied
  • Full QQI level 4
  • Mature applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Places are offered following successful interview and audition. Learners should have some previous experience in dance.

Career Opportunities
  • Professional Performance
  • Teacher
  • Dance in the Community
  • Arts Administration
  • Dance Therapy
Higher Education Progression*


  • Performing Arts – Dance (BTEC Higher National Diploma) 
Course Co-Ordinator

Helen O'Mahony

Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course...

"After a memorable three years in B.I.F.E I have gained a wide range of skills along with valuable knowledge that has been a great asset to me in furthering my career. I am currently studying in the University of Sunderland to obtain a BA Hons Degree in Dance. I firmly believe I would not have got this opportunity without the help and support from all at B.I.F.E." - Aisling Nally

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