EXTERNAL EXAMNIER- The BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice programme

Activity: Examination


The BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice programme is designed to address the disproportionate scholarly attention that is given to popular, social and vernacular dance forms compared to other forms such as ballet and what is collectively known as contemporary dance. UEL recognise that this is also the case in many school and college level qualifications. Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer, Carla Trim-Vamben adds that the dance team were very excited about Emancipation of Expressionism by Boy Blue Entertainment being added to the GCSE AQA specification. Especially as Dr Jo Read, one of the permanent lecturers is the author of the Teachers Resource pack for the piece (available from the Boy Blue website). Other full time faculty include Dr Sarahleigh Castelyn is a Senior Lecturer who also works alongside One Dance UK as the HOTFOOT editorial focus group member. Dr Laura Robinson is a Senior Lecturer in Dance at the University of East London. She currently teaches arts/event management, employability and cultural policy on the BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice, as well as supporting students in their Dissertations through her published research in popular dance practices. Robert Nicholson, Senior Lecturer, develops and supports skills in employability, choreography and contemporary technique to enable students to apply their learning on the degree course to real-life contexts. Dr. Claudia Brazzale, Senior Lecturer, supports students in developing their dance on screen and site-specific work, as well as joint leading the MA Contemporary Performance Practices course.

The dance team at UEL hope that schools will continue to take an invested interest in a range of urban dance practices.
Period1 Nov 20211 Nov 2025
Examination held at
  • University of East London
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • performance studies
  • Dance
  • Urban Dance
  • Hip Hop
  • club dancing
  • social dances
  • popular dance styles