Hopefully we will cover your questions here, but please contact [email protected] with any further queries. We are happy to help and offer advice!
How old do you have to be in order to take part in Adult Classes?
Anyone over the age of 16 is welcome to take part in the Adult Classes. We have adults of all ages, backgrounds and abilities taking part.
What are the classes like?
The atmosphere in the Adult Classes is relaxed, friendly and welcoming! Sessions are in the evening from 18.45h, or on Saturday mornings from 9.00h. People come to the Laban Building to take part in dance or movement classes for their enjoyment, relaxation, to improve health and meet people. There is a real sense of community with people returning each term, as well as new people starting for the first time. You might want to watch our short promotional film, which gives you an idea:
How many people might there be in a class?
We have a maximum of 25-28 participants in our dance classes in Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, and Street Dance. For matwork classes in Pilates and Yoga we normally have a limit of 20 places.
Can I have a 'taster' class?
At Trinity Laban we do not offer 'taster' sessions for Adult Classes. Our teachers work in a progressive way, developing material from week to week over a term, which is especially important for our Beginner and Level 1 participants who are still learning the foundations of the technique. It is for this reason that we do not offer a drop-in option for those courses.
As Level 2 participants already have a solid grasp of the technique, we do offer drop-in places for these classes. We also offer a drop-in option for our midweek General Level Classes, which are mixed ability sessions. Our class descriptions page will state whether a drop in option is available.
We also offer half-term bookings (usually 5 or 6 weeks), so if you are unsure, you only have to pay for a half term block rather than the whole term.
How much does it cost?
We offer full and half-term bookings, plus a drop-in option for selected classes. A concession rate is available for half and full-term bookings if you are a full-time student, unemployed, disabled or a senior citizen.
We also offer a reduced 'Early Bird rate' for a limited time period in advance of each term. This applies to full-term bookings only.
Please refer to the Fees page for specific details for the current term.
How early do I need to book?
Some of our classes are particularly popular, so early online booking is advised. Drop-in places are cash only; simply turn up to the selected classes available and pay on entry at reception.
When can I pay?
You can make termly and half termly bookings through our Online Shop in advance of and during each term. Please note that class fees are non-refundable.
Which level is best for me?
Beginners classes are for complete beginners or those returning to dance after a break. Our teachers will take the time to cover the essential basics of the technique and build confidence over a number of sessions.
Level 1 classes will provide more challenging vocabulary and a slightly faster pace. Suitable for those with at least one year's experience in the dance style you are attending.
Level 2 will include more complex phrases and sequences. Suitable for those with at least two years’ experience or participants progressing from our Level 1 / Improvers classes as advised by their class teacher. You should be confident in your technique at this level and will be expected to have a good understanding of technical terminology.
General Level movement classes are for those with some previous experience and are not suitable for complete beginners. Beginners are welcome to attend our General Level Yoga and Pilates classes. Our experienced teachers will adapt material to meet the ability levels of those in the class - meaning you can work at your own pace.
Can you let me know about accessibility?
The Laban Building is fully accessible; all classes are in principle open to people with disabilities. If you have any special requirements it is helpful if you discuss them with us beforehand. Please contact us on 020 8305 9477 or at [email protected].
What should I wear?
It's best to wear soft comfortable clothing that is easy to move in, such as tracksuit bottoms and a T-shirt with extra layers for warmth. For ballet it is helpful if you can wear tight fitting clothing, so that your teacher can check your alignment. You should expect to do all classes in bare feet, except Ballet, Jazz and Street Dance. For Ballet classes you should wear soft ballet shoes if you have them, but tight fitting socks would be a good alternative at the barre for beginners. We do not offer Pointe work as part of our Ballet classes. Jazz and Street Dance classes can be danced in bare feet or jazz shoes/trainers with non-marking soles. To ensure your safety and the safety of others, we ask that that you don't wear jewelry when taking part in a class.
What equipment is provided?
Pilates and Yoga mats are available to borrow for your class at no additional charge, but you are welcome to bring your mat if you have one.
What is your policy for latecomers?
The classes run from 18.45-20.15h midweek and 9.00-12.15h on Saturdays. For health and safety reasons, participants who arrive later than 15 minutes after the start of the class will be permitted to watch the class but not take part. This is because they will have missed the essential warm up and introduction to the class, which is vital in the prevention of injuries to participants. Trinity Laban has a duty of care to all adult class participants.
Are there performance opportunities for adults?
Yes! Trinity Laban offers a Performance Project for Adults which normally takes place in the summer term. Performance Projects provide a chance to work with a teacher or choreographer to create and rehearse an original dance. The creative process normally concludes with a public performance at the end. In previous years, adults have performed at Blackheath Halls, the Laban Theatre, Trafalgar Square and the Horniman Museum.
How do I get to the Laban Building?
All Adult Classes are located at the Laban Building, Creekside, London SE8 3DZ.
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