Brighton Aldridge Community Academy

Aldridge South East Dance Academy

The Aldridge South East Dance Academy is a newly launched sixth form course run by South East Dance and the Brighton and Portslade Aldridge Community Academies, opening in September 2016.


A unique collaboration between education and the dance industry, the Aldridge South East Dance Academy gives students the opportunity to study for a BTEC National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance), the equivalent of 3 A levels. The Academy will be the only centre in Brighton offering this qualification, with students combining academic studies with choreography and performance technique and the opportunity to work with respected members of the dance industry.

The sixth formers will be able to choose from a wide range of disciplines to study, including contemporary, jazz, ballet, tap, musical theatre, urban and street dance, learning from and having access to a network of dance and performing arts industry experts. There will be opportunities to perform in Brighton and beyond, through the Academy’s network of industry partners.

Dance Academy

“This course brings the truly exciting prospect of a unique and trailblazing approach to dance education and training beginning right here in Brighton and we’re absolutely delighted to be involved. Developed from the forefront of dance industry expertise, the new curriculum will create dance opportunities of the highest quality so that more young people can not only fulfil their creative potential, but also enjoy the exhilaration and health benefits of dance.”
Cath James, programme director, South East Dance

“This unique collaboration between education and industry ignites a passion for learning and ensures that each one of our learners is given every opportunity to achieve their full potential.

The success of our other specialist sixth form academies at PACA and BACA, such as the Aldridge Cricket Academy in partnership with Sussex County Cricket, has demonstrated how a strong collaboration with industry partners can provide learners with invaluable and exciting access to leading industry experts, resources and facilities to support their future careers and ambitions.”
Itziar Leighton, Director of 16-19 Education

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For enquiries please contact Connor Daly, BACA 6th Form Specialist Academies Coordinator, on