Dance - Applications Reopen

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The Division of Fine Arts - A Centre for the Visual and Performing Arts invite persons to apply for the Associate Degree in Dance programme. Applications have been reopened for the Academic Year 2019-2020 for a limited time for the programme until Thursday 29 August 2019.



Skills sets and occupations in dance, choreography and dance instruction are among those required to fuel the national development of Barbados projected through the cultural industries sector. The dance programme at the Barbados Community College, as is the case with the other performing and fine arts programmes, supports identified national development objectives. The College provides the education and training needed to prepare Barbados’ cultural professionals to perform competitively on the national, regional and global cultural stage.


The Barbados Community College’s Associate Degree in Applied Arts – Dance is a two-year programme that seeks to prepare trained dancers for the Barbadian dance community and entertainment industry. Students explore a variety of dance idioms and develop skills in Classical Ballet, Modern and Caribbean Dance Forms.  

Programme Objectives

The two-year full time programme is designed to:

  1. Expose students to the various styles of dance
  2. Provide a sound technical background in dance
  3. Encourage active participation in studio training
  4. Expose students to exemplary dance teachers and practitioners
  5. Promote an appreciation of the cultural heritage of the Caribbean
  6. Sharpen the student’s capacity for critical thinking and aesthetic interpretation
  7. Train students as performers and choreographers
  8. Train students for participation in Performing/Dance ensembles
  9. Promote the students’ ability to communicate effectively in oral, written and non-verbal forms
  10. Promote and encourage personal and creative expression as well as an understanding of the elements involved in the creative process
  11. Prepare students to pursue further studies

Career Opportunities

The Associate Degree in dance can lead to a broad range of careers.  These include:

  • Performance
  • Choreography,
  • Design (lighting, costumes, stage),
  • Notation and movement analysis,
  • Dance reconstruction teaching,
  • Technical work,
  • Dance management,
  • Dance history,
  • Research,
  • Criticism,
  • Dance therapy,
  • Dance music 
  • Accompaniment and Kinesiology.

Student Profile

The programme is based on the principle that the education of dancers requires a combination of general knowledge and technical proficiency.  Students in this programme may come directly from secondary school or from other fields of endeavour.  All applicants must demonstrate the proficiency levels established for entry to the programme.

Admission Requirements

(1)Four (4) CSEC subjects including English at General Proficiency Level, Grades I, II or III (Grade III from 1998 onward), or any qualification considered by the College to be equivalent.

(2) Applicants will be asked to demonstrate competence in dance technique skills, to be reviewed during interview and audition.  Applicants must be prepared to dance a solo piece of no longer than 1½ mins, in the genre or style of your choice.

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