dance course

Dance Course

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Performing Arts 5M5151

Duration: One Year Full-Time

This full-time course offers learners an opportunity to pursue a career in dance, theatre and entertainment, covering a wide range of dance subjects. Learners are supported and encouraged throughout the course to develop their individual artistic talents through dance classes, choreography, performance and musical theatre.

The focus is on building a comprehensive knowledge of technique and performance skills, encouraging the learner to work to a higher level and increase their opportunities to progress as a professional dancer.

“SCFE really prepared me, both mentally and physically for the realities of a career in dance. I have since performed and choreographed with Dance Theatre of Ireland across Europe and in China.”  
Aisling Ríannon

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Learners who successfully complete a QQI Level 5 Certificate may be able to use their results to progress to related Level 7 and Level 8 Degree Programmes. Former learners have progressed to Irish and international universities. In Ireland this includes the B.A. (Hons) in Irish Music and Dance and the B.A. (Hons) in Voice and Dance in the University of Limerick. Third level progression opportunities for QQI learners are continually being developed and enhanced. Please visit or for the most up to date information.

Some clips from our end of year shows over the last few years in SCFE


Use of turnout, postural alignment, step analysis, muscle strength and flexibility. Movement dynamics, performance and projection skills.

Fundamentals of Jazz Dance technique and style through warm-up and choreographed dances

The principles of alignment, the use of weight and momentum, torso articulation, floor work and coordination.

Develop Tap dance skills, with an emphasis on rhythm, dynamics and co-ordination.

Choreography, Ballet Repertoire, Step Analysis, Musical Theatre, Music Performance, Body Conditioning, Event Production, Communications and Work Experience.

Course Features

• Learners will showcase their achievements at the end of year show
• Attendance at performances of dance and theatre
• Workshops in dance techniques and performance

Our large dance studio has a sprung floor, mirrors and bars.
Changing rooms, showers and lockers
Access to fully equipped IT suites and Library.

Career and Progression Opportunities

Employment as: Dancer and Performer in Theatre and Film.

Former learners have progressed to the University of Limerick, The London School of Contemporary Dance, Trinity Laban, London Studio Centre, Arts Educational, Urdang Academy, Experimental Circus Space Austria, Tilburg Academy Holland, Scottish Contemporary Dance, Guilford School of Acting and at the Universities of Leeds, Chichester, Bath Spa and Roehampton.

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent. LCA is also acceptable.

Learners should have a high degree of motivation and a passionate interest in dance, with some previous experience or training.

Entry to the course is by audition and interview

Mature applicants welcome

Applicants may be accepted without meeting formal entry requirements