The set-up was straight-forward enough, straight out of Reality-TV 101: After a flurry of backstage rehearsal/warm-up footage, we learn a little bit (or frankly, too much, time-wise) about the act about to hit the stage. Competitors are divided into three divisions: Junior (any size act, age 17 and under), Upper (groups of 1 to 4, age 18+) and Team (groups of 5 or more, age 18+). The competition consists of five rounds: Qualifiers, Duels, The Cut, Divisional Final and the World Final. In the first four rounds, dancers only compete within their division, but in the World Final, the winner from each division will compete against each other for the $1 million grand prize.
This course provides a supportive, non-judgmental environment within which approx. 70% of the assessments are practical alongside written and verbal assignments. The majority of the teaching on the course is about learning through practice; you will be encouraged to shift your own dance practice, imagination and thinking and be nurtured to find your own areas of interest and specialism. You have 24/7 access to the Media Factory, housing state-of-the-art industry-standard facilities. Performances and workshops also take place in different venues around Preston. You’ll be studying in Preston at the heart of this thriving performing arts region – in addition to its own venues, the nearby cities of Manchester, Liverpool, Salford and Lancaster have the largest concentration of international theatres outside of the capital.