Train as a community dance artist with this completely unique vocational programme.
Validated by City University London
What is it?
This unique vocational programme is for anyone wanting to work as a dance practitioner in community settings. It supports your development as a dance artist with practical knowledge and skills, and an understanding of dance as a socially-relevant, inclusive practice.
What is special about it?
Trinity Laban is the only institution where intensive, conservatoire-level art form training sits alongside applied study in community dance. The programme has four key strands:
• Artistic development. Progress your dance skills and artistic practice in a world-class conservatoire with first-class teachers and facilities
• Dance leadership and teaching. Develop knowledge and skills for working with different kinds of groups. Learn from some of the UK’s leading community dance practitioners and work with Trinity Laban’s renowned Learning and Participation programme.
• Understanding community dance. Context-specific study explores the values and principles of community dance, how it happens, and its impact on individuals and communities. Learn about planning and delivering projects, and the networks and agencies that support community dance provision.
• Professional practice. Encounters with practising artists and their work - supported by our partnerships with some of the UK’s leading professional organisations - facilitates your understanding of how the profession operates, as well as providing valuable contacts and work experience.
Who is it for?
The Postgraduate Diploma Community Dance attracts people from a diversity of backgrounds who have a common interest in dance as a creative, participatory artform and a desire to work beyond the traditional contexts of dance making and performance. We encourage applications from:
• Dance/performing arts graduates who have pursued teaching/education/community as a strand of study and want to continue this as a specialism at postgraduate level
• Graduates of non-arts subjects who have a dance background and interest/experience in participatory arts/ teaching/community work
• Individuals with traditional dance training wanting to extend their practice beyond performance and creation towards teaching and participatory practice
• Experienced professionals from dance/other sectors looking to broaden their skills and knowledge and enter new areas of professional practice
What can I do next?
The Programme prepares students for a breadth of possibilities and our graduates work in a variety of settings as dance artists, facilitators, teachers and artistic leaders, or go on to further study in related disciplines. The vocational focus of the Programme ensures that it continues to support graduate practitioners into the profession on an employed or independent basis.
What do students say?
“The course is brilliantly designed to cover all bases and each individual’s interests… There are so many opportunities to volunteer and work out in the community; this ensures that you will leave the course with the real-life experiences that are vital to starting a career… I feel proud and privileged to be a part of this exciting place.”
Corinne Meredith, PGDip student 2013–15
What do alumni say?
“Trinity Laban offered me the most spectacular of opportunities which have continued to support artistic and academic movement enquiry. The structure of all programmes enables the individual to be challenged, motivated, nurtured and guided; providing solid grounding from transition of student to professional.” Lucy Blazheva, PGDip student 2009/10, www.lucyblazhevadance.com
What are my study options?
1-year full time, or 2-years part time.
What language skills do I need?
Minimum IELTS Band 7, TCL Integrated Skills in English III, or Pearson Test of English (minimum score of 67).
How can I find out more?
Visit trinitylaban.ac.uk/communitydance or email
Sue Akroyd at [email protected]