Access to Higher Education Diploma (urban dance)

Pre-Vocational Training Programme – Urban Programme Update

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic necessitating the need for social distancing to prevent its spread and will need to remain in place for the foreseeable future we  have made the difficult decision to postpone the intake of any new students onto our Pre-vocational Training Programme  (PVTP) until autumn 2021.

While obviously  this is disappointing, we hope you understand this is a necessary step to help keep each other safe as we work to re-enter our building and studios. 

Our priority for the autumn is to ensure the safe return of our current students on our full and part-time training programmes and all our other users and artists.

We will update you with any new information and developments as soon as they are confirmed. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with the PVTP office or you can take a look at our website page: PVTP 

Stay safe, and we will be in touch with more information soon.


This course is led by national professionals from the urban dance industry with the emphasis being on the achievement of practical dance skills to a level that will enable participants to audition for vocational training at Degree level and a future career in dance if they so choose.

Core Urban Course Tutors:

Fred ‘Realness’ Folkes (Popping, Body Conditioning & Contextualising Dance)

Realness’ is a UK based performer. He is a member of the group Old Men Grooving – finalists in 2015 Britain’s Got Talent.  Fred specialises in various popular/vernacular and street dances, especially dances of the late 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. He is regarded internationally as an expert in the street dance styles of Popping and Locking.




Clara Badejo (House & Hip Hop)

Since 2013 Clara has been a house dance technical teacher and lecturer at the University of East London. Clara has appeared in many productions and videos, and has danced alongside many famous international artists, dancers and choreographers.She founded In Da House, her own house dance project, launched and produced her second dance event The New Kidz On The Block and danced at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London.  






Banxy (Breaking)

Banxy is a veteran in UK hip hop dance. Having trained at Swindon Dance, the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and the London Studio Centre, he has spent the last fifteen years teaching and performing across the UK and abroad.

High-profile projects include choreographing breakdance sequences for the BBC TV series Travels with my Tutu with Deborah Bull, Principle Dancer at the Royal Ballet; and teaching and rehearsing the ground performance dancers at the Millennium Dome celebrations.Wor






Workshop Teachers Include: Liara Barussi (Juke Box Collective),  Lara McCabe (Boy Blue), Frankie Johnson (Plague), Luke Lentos, Kate Scanlan, Geni Lou, Brooke Milliner, Shawn Aimey, ‘Reckless Lee’, and Tomoko Chiba, Gemma Fuller, Thomasin Gulgec & Gemma Bowen.


Units of study

  • Dance technique including Popping, Breaking, Hip Hop and House
  • Body Awareness
  • Performance Practice 
  • Fundamentals of Choreography and Creative Practice
  • Contextualising Dance

Extra curriculum studies

  • Extra practical enhancement training will form part of this training programme with workshops in a variety of current dance styles
  • Audition preparation and guidance
  • Students will be expected to attend a minimum of six performances per year held at the Court Theatre @ Swindon Dance

Assessment methods

Assessment will include practical demonstration, performances, verbal presentations and discussions, reflective logs, written question and answer, project and practical file.


Access to HE Diploma (Dance) – £315 per term (based on 3 terms a year)

Access to HE Diploma (Urban Dance) – £315 per term (based on 3 terms a year)

Both qualifications have been allocated 16-19 government funding. All students aged 16-19 years of age will be able to access this funding, therefore the qualification will be free and students will be expected to cover the cost above for enhancement training. Students aged 20+ can pay for the course, please get in touch for further details. 

Scholarships are available. Please email if you would like to be considered for a scholarship-

Travel Subsidies also available


Entry for 2021 is by application and  audition 


This programme of training runs in partnership with New College, Swindon 

Swindon Dance is an accredited CERTA centre 

This programme of study is classified as; Access to Higher Education Diploma, AVA Learning Programme.

All information complies with the; QAA Recognition Scheme for Access to Higher Education – The Access to Higher Education Diploma Specification 2013