Our full-time three-year professional dance training course, prepares our talented graduates for a diverse range of dance careers, with many achieving success and landing dance contracts very soon after graduating.
Competing in tough auditions, our alumni win contracts around the world, working in mainland Europe, UK, Australia, Americas, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Central Asia, Indian Subcontinent, Middle East, Far East, North Africa and elsewhere.
Progressing as professional dance artists to work as choreographers, aerialists, revue performers, film, video & TV dancers, animators, showwomen & showmen, musical theatre artists, dance captains and more (read 28 incredible jobs you’ll love as a professional dancer).
Many go on to teach both nationally and internationally, at dance schools and colleges and on specialist dance programmes, and have even established their own dance schools.
Where have our graduates worked? Where are they working today?
Luxury Cruise Liner Companies: P&O, Costa, Princess, Celestyal, Seacruise, Ibero Crueros, MSC Cruises, Louis, Sailing Jazz Company, Marella Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, HNA, NYK Cruises, Fred Olsen cruises, Carnival Cruises, Cunard Cruises…
5-star & 4-star Hotels, Theme Parks and Resorts: Wyndham, Breathless, Alila, Club Med, Blue Lagoon, Prestonfield House Hotel, Elias Beach Hotel, Eleon Grand Resort and Spa, TUI MAGIC LIFE, Louis Phaethon, Warner Hotels, Candia Maris, Hard Rock Casino, Calalandrusa Beach Resort, Disneyland Paris, Disneyland Tokyo, Iberostar…
Circus, Aerial & Theatre Productions (UK & International Tours): Les Miserables, Aladdin, Aida, Riverdance, Annie UK Tour, A Night of Dirty Dancing UK tour, Funny Girls, Clockwork UK tour, Piece of Mind, Moulin Rouge, Akumbya, Africa Viva, Best of Musicals, Copacabana, Boogie Nights the Musical, as Principal Dancers in UK Pantomimes, Dance International Glasgow at the Tramway, Curve Foundation, Magic Flute Opera, Cirque FouFou Germany, Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione in Paris France…
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So greatful I was given the opportunity to perform at the Annual Cruise Wave Awards last night in London representing @peel_talent & @marellacruises for their win last year for Best Entertainment on ships!!! Such an overwhelming experience performing infront of people from almost every cruise line with our African choir and drummers live with us too !! So blessed to be working for such an amazing company!!😅💞 It’s gunna be a good year 🛳 Nailed it @garywalsh_uk 💪🏼 #PeelTalent #MarellaCruises #MarellaYes #WaveAwards2019 #dancer #paxdedeux
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Thank you One Mans Dream 2😭 It’s been an amazing year on stage with this talented cast, I couldn’t be more grateful ❤️🐭👯♀️ – Swipe➡️ #tokyodisneyland #onemansdream2 #themagicliveson #dontcry #whatsthatsmell #howmanytights #youngjump #leftorighto #lesshealthymoresexy #areyouinjury
Luxury Clubs, Events, Festivals & Dinner Shows: House of Illusion Salou, Spain; Benidorm Palace, Spain; Spirit of Scotland Show, Son Amar, Spain; Vegas Showgirls; Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival; Gathered Together Festival; Mirabillia Festival, Italy; Estoril casino Portugal; Tropicana Casino Discoteck/Garten, Raw and Solem, Beirut; Edinburgh Fringe…
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Squashing 4 months into 1 minute!! Some clips from this season at @boadubai 🤸🏼♀️♉️🎵 . . . . . . #dubai #mydubai #club #nightlife #dubainight #boa #habtoorcity #dxb #performance #show #aerial #aerialhoop #acrobat #gymnastics #gymnast #artistsoninstagram #artist #love #work #travel #entertainment #fit #fitness #music #strength #flexibility #inmyblood #dubailife #dubaievents @theveronicasmusic @vhoteldubai
Award-winning Performance Production Companies & Agencies: Headliners, Octopus Entertainment, Spirit Productions, Scottish Rockettes, Twisted Perfection, London Cheerleaders, Elite Pro Dance, SL Talent, Club Mob, Starboard Performers Stockholm, Show Stoppers’ Productions, Viva Productions, Rhythm Ink, Oriana Theatre Company, KS Productions, Main Feature Productions, Mirage Productions, Showgirl Entertainments, Dido Entertainment, KayKay Agency, CBG, Peel Talent…
Film, Music Videos, UK & International Music Tours, Games Industry & TV: Bollywood movies and music videos India, Sunshine on Leith, motion capture company Awesome Dog, ITV, BBC, Waterloo Film Studios, Saor Patrol, George Sampson, n-dubz, Flo Rider, American TV series filmed in Scotland, MOBO Awards, Just Dance 4 Ubisoft, Kylie Mania Tour…
Further Study: BA Hons degrees in Dance, ISTD DDE (Diploma of Dance Education), RAD’s CBTS teacher-training, Masters degrees MSc in Dance Education (Edinburgh University), MEd Learning and Teaching in the Performing Arts (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)…
Teaching and Choreographing at Dance Schools, Colleges and Dance Organisations, training the next generation of professional dancers: Numerous dance schools and colleges and specialist dance programmes around Scotland and beyond; YDance; SkyeDance; Citymoves Dance Agency; Active Schools programme, International Institute of Education in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China; Indepen-Dance…
Setting up their own dance companies and dance schools teaching the next generation of young dancers…
We’re incredibly proud of our high graduate employment rates, comparing to industry averages:
Since 2012, 99% of Dance For All’s graduates have found work in the dance industry within 12-18 months of graduating, 87% within 6-12 months and 83% within 3 months of graduating. This is in sharp contrast to the industry average, where only 34.8% of performing arts graduates are working within their specific industry, according to the Higher Education Careers Services Unit’s What do graduates do 2018/19 report*.
Of those seeking travel and work abroad, 56% – 69% of our graduates since 2013 are working overseas, compared to only 2.6% of the UK performing arts graduates. Dance For All’s professional dance graduates are three times more likely to get a job in the performing arts industry and 35 times more likely to win an overseas contract than their peers.
Each student is supported, taught and nurtured by our inspirational faculty to achieve their fullest potential and beyond, with the aim of preparing them for a successful, varied and long career within the dance industry.
What do DFA Graduates think of their training at Dance For All?
“Training at Dance For All was a fantastic three years for me… I feel so lucky to have been given such a versatile training because it has given me so much confidence going into the working world knowing that no new style is going to phase me... The intimate environment of Dance For All means you get so much one-to-one tuition within classes and establish great relationships with all of your teachers and classmates. I am so grateful for the great training I received and I know it will continue to stand me in good stead for the rest of my dance career.”
“Dance For All was the best three years of training I could ask for. With such a packed and varied timetable and a relatively small year group compared to the larger colleges down south, I believe my training was unique and provided me with a platform to explore every part of my creative being to be the professional dancer I am today. Thank you Dance For All for the memories I will cherish a lifetime.”
Jane Heggie, graduated 2012 – read Jane’s interview
“I have achieved so much since leaving college; amazing jobs, contracts abroad and lots of great opportunities and I really have DFA to thank for the amazing training, teaching me all the different dance genres, gaining my teaching qualifications, and giving me all the knowledge I need to know about the dance world. The tutors are so experienced and passionate about what they teach that it brings out the best in everyone… I would recommend anyone who is wanting a career in dancing, whether it be performing or teaching, DFA is the place for you.”
Lisa Aytoun, graduated 2010 – read Lisa’s interview
Find out what life is like at Dance For All and how our course prepares you for life in the dance industry – read more Student & Graduate Testimonials…
“Join Us! With your hard work, flair and dedication, we will reward your unique talent with unsurpassed knowledge, skilled artistry, accredited qualifications, the finest training and an unrivalled dance college experience.”