MA Dance Performance (Transitions Dance Company)

A double achievement: the rigorous challenges of a real life dance company and the demands of an MA.

"The opportunity to study for a master's degree in dance performance gives students the chance to experience life in a dance company, where they will work with innovative choreographers and artists to create new work, touring their repertory in the UK and overseas. Reflection on their experience and performance practice, a crucial aspect of their studies, supports them in becoming future advocates for dance."

Amanda Gough, Co-Programme Leader of the MA Dance Performance

Become the best dancer you can be and develop the advanced skills you need to work in today's professional arts environment. Trinity Laban's Transitions was the world's first graduate dance company and it has since acquired an outstanding reputation for technical excellence and originality; it offers you a bridge to the professional world while you study for a highly respected Masters. Your critical reflections and dissertation are embedded within the programme so that you achieve your MA within 13 months.

Why Choose the MA Dance Performance?

  • Join a professional dance company, touring nationally and internationally
  • Perform in three original new works over the year created by distinctly different choreographers, giving you three very different creative processes
  • Reflect and contextualise your practice in the Masters
  • Benefit from the challenge, influence and networking of professional active dance artists as well as excellent teaching staff at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
  • Substantial one-to-one tutorial time with Artistic Director David Waring
  • The dance theatre at Trinity Laban is one of the largest dance venues in London

Some choreographers choose to commission scores for pieces from Trinity Laban music students, creating synergistic experiences such as a live string quartet accompanying the performance. Transitions is constantly evolving to reflect changes in the dance scene, ensuring alumni are quickly employed.

Please note: you need to be accepted into the Transitions Dance Company as a prerequisite to applying for this Masters. Preliminary auditions take place over the period of a whole day to ensure we receive a well-rounded impression of each applicant's skills and potential.

Student Testimonial

"Our process so far working with three different world class choreographers has been one of growth. They challenge us to work in completely different ways, and have also broken down the barriers that I set up for myself. The process of actually sitting down and working with them...has made me think in new ways that I maybe wasn’t capable of before."

Rachel Tack, MA Dance Performance student

Programme Content

This challenging experience will help you grow into a performer who will contribute effectively and creatively to the profession, not only as a practitioner but as an articulate advocate for performance and performance practice. By advancing your skills, you'll have the opportunity to formulate a deeper understanding of the technical and artistic complexities inherent in performance. You'll be encouraged to critically reflect on your development in the studio and in wider theoretical contexts.

The taught element comprises the following modules:

M-502D Research Lab
M-521 Advanced Technical Practice
M-522 The Performer in the Creative Process
M-523 Dance Performance
M-505D Project

The Project (M505D), which you undertake following your time with Transitions, may take the form of a lecture-demonstration, a written dissertation, or a practice-based project with supporting documentation.

The MA Dance Performance can only be taken full-time over 11 months plus an independent research project (2 months).

For further detail have a look at our Programme Specification (correct for academic year 2016-2017).

What Do I Need To Apply?

In addition to acceptance into Transitions Dance Company (through audition), you will normally have successfully completed a UK undergraduate degree in an appropriate or related subject; or hold an overseas award of equivalent standard (eg USA degree - GPA 3.00 or above). English Language competency requirements also apply.

MA Dance Performance
Full-time: 11 months plus independent research project (2 months)

Postgraduate Diploma in Dance Performance
Full-time: 11 months

In addition to acceptance into Transitions Dance Company (through audition), you will normally have successfully completed a UK undergraduate degree in an appropriate or related subject; or hold an overseas award of equivalent standard (eg USA degree - GPA 3.00 or above). English Language competency requirements also apply.

Research Degree Programme

PhD and MPhil research

MA Dance Performance

"Transitions helped strengthen me and my work in a healthy and challenging environment which prepared me for my professional life. David Waring (Artistic Director) gave me time and space to explore these ideas that were dormant within me for a long time" Brooke Smiley, Transitions Alumnus, went on to work with the critically acclaimed Michael Clark Company

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