Dance Level 5

Dance Studies Level 5

About The Course

1 Year Full Time Dance Studies Course
QQI Level 5 equivalence

Dance Studies is a one-year Dance programme at QQI Level 5 which will prepare you for a well-rounded education in Dance.

This course offers you the chance to achieve a higher standard of dance technique and performance ability. The course also offers the opportunity to obtain International Dance Certifications.

During the year, you will be expected to complete work experience in a Dance school or Dance Company. Students will also have the opportunity to take part in an Erasmus+ Programme in Austria and France. View our European Work Experience page here.

Course Coordinator: Cliona O’Brien


Academic subjects:

  • Dance Performance
  • Dance Production
  • Kinesiology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Communication
  • Work Experience.

Dance subjects:

  • Classical Ballet
  • Contemporary Dance
  • Improvisation
  • Choreography
  • Tap
  • Modern Dance
  • RAD Graded Syllabi
  • Step Analysis
  • Music Theory
  • Dance History


Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


QQI Dance 5M4572
Royal Academy of Dance Intermediate Certificate
The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Intermediate Certificate

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements for Dance Studies

Leaving Certificate O6/H7 in 5 subjects
or Leaving Certificate Applied.
or QQI Level 4 or equivalent
or Natural ability and talent in other dance genres.

All applicants will be auditioned and interviewed. More information will be provided when called to interview.

Progression Opportunities

Students can progress on to the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Dance in Inchicore College where on completion, they can become teachers of dance.

Students who have completed the 1year QQI level 5 Dance programme have successfully auditioned for internationally renowned colleges including the Royal Academy of Dance, the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, Laban, Fontys, Morea Performing Arts and Bird College.

Student Stories

Kate-Anne Fenton

Kate-Anne Fenton

“I chose to study Dance Studies at ICFE because I knew I could get world recognised teaching qualifications. While studying I had many amazing opportunities to choreograph and perform allowing me to grow as a dancer and individual. One of my many memorable experi-ences was training at Le Pacific Dance Centre in Grenoble France for three weeks.

The wonderful training I had at ICFE enabled me to gain a place at Bird College Of Dance and Theatre Performance in London. The teaching experience I gained at ICFE meant I could teach part-time during the week and help fund my training. I am currently Touring the UK with the musical ‘Crazy For You’.


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