Frequently Asked Questions

Hopefully we will cover your questions here, but please contact [email protected] with any further queries. We are happy to help and offer advice!

Pre-Booking Questions

How old do you have to be in order to take part in the Dance Summer School?

Anyone over the age of 16 is welcome to take part in the Dance Summer School. With a broad programme that can be tailored to meet different needs, we have adults of all ages, backgrounds and abilities taking part. 

What is Trinity Laban's Dance Summer School like?

The atmosphere in the Dance Summer School is lively, fun, and friendly. We offer classes at different ability levels so that everyone, from complete beginners to those with professional training, can get the most from the intensive course. Participants come from all over the world and from all kinds of dance and movement backgrounds. There is a real sense of community with people returning each year as well as new people taking part in the course for the first time. We build a comprehensive programme of additional free activities, events, performances and workshops that enable people to socialise and relax together. Strong friendships are often formed through the course and some people chose to stay in the accommodation offered through Trinity Laban at the McMillan Student Village. You might want to watch our short promotional film which gives you an idea!

Why do people take part in the Dance Summer School?

Some people come to the Dance Summer School to try something new, or have a dance holiday during the summer. Others are here to get a feel for what it's like to train at Trinity Laban. We also have dance teachers attending for their own professional development plus actors and theatre practitioners coming to the course to immerse themselves in dance and movement for two weeks. Some people may not have much dance experience and want to use the two weeks to get a feel for dance and try out different styles. It's a great opportunity to be in London at the Laban Building for a fortnight; it is always a lively and enthusiastic atmosphere. Overall, whatever a person's background, age or ability, the Dance Summer School provides a rich, intensive dance experience in the unique setting of the Laban Building.

Do I need previous dance experience to be able to take part?

Not at all, we offer Beginner classes on the Dance Summer School for complete beginners or those returning to dance after a long break, and our teachers will take the time to cover the essential basics of the technique and build your confidence over the 10 days.

I have previous experience in dance, what level is best for me?

For those with previous dance or movement experience, we have higher level classes. Intermediate will provide more challenging vocabulary and a slightly faster pace. Advanced Contemporary and Ballet will include more complex phrases and sequences for those in or having completed full-time dance training. Advanced classes will also place more emphasis on the performative qualities of technique. We also offer General Level classes which enable a mixed group of participants to work together, and our experienced teachers will adapt material to meet the ability levels of those in the class, meaning you can work at your own pace.

Is it possible to attend for one week?

Trinity Laban's Dance Summer School is only offered as a two-week programme. We are unable to offer a one-week option. 

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 9400.

Does the course cater for International students?

Absolutely! Participants come from all over the world to take part in the Dance Summer School at Trinity Laban; we had people from more than 39 countries in 2015. We do ask that participants have a good standard of spoken English, since limited time is available for translation.  

How many people might there be in a class?

We have a maximum of 25 participants in our classes. For classes in Pilates and Feldenkrais we normally have a limit of 20 places.

I am not sure what's right for me. Can I have a 'taster' class? How do I put myself in the right level?

There's no audition, and we do not offer 'taster' sessions during the Dance Summer School. Please read the descriptions for the classes and levels on the website, and contact us if you are unsure what might be right for you at the booking stage. We are happy to advise you.

What if I am not happy with my class selections?

If you discover that the classes you have enrolled onto during the Dance Summer School course are too easy, too difficult, or not what you wanted, we give students an opportunity to swap classes during the first two days at lunchtime Swap Sessions with the Dance Summer School team. Teachers will develop and progress class material across the two-week course, so we do not permit students to swap classes after this date. Please note we will only be able to move people into alternate classes where there is space available, or where other people are swapping out of a class. You will not be permitted to swap classes after Wednesday during the first week. Students are not allowed to swap classes without confirming the change with the Dance Summer School Manager and administration team due to health and safety.

How much does it cost?

The Dance Summer School fee for 2016 is £598. We offer accommodation at an additional £485. There is an option to pay a deposit for both the course and accommodation fees and the remaining balance at a later date.

For 2016 the full accommodation fees must be received by 9 May 2016 and the full course fees must be received by 3 June 2016. It is still possible to book after 3 June 2016 if places are available, but you will need to pay the full fee at the time of booking.

When and where can I pay?

You can pay for the Dance Summer School course and accommodation through our Online Shop from February 2016. Please note that all fees are non-refundable.

How early do I need to book?

Booking will open in February 2016. Most of the accommodation tends to get booked between February and March, so early booking is advised.

What about younger participants from 16-18 years old?

The Dance Summer School is primarily designed for adults. However, every year we are pleased to welcome young people between the ages of 16 - 18 as they can benefit from the adult environment and level of dance training. We do wish to make clear that all Dance Summer School participants, regardless of age, have the independence to come and go as they wish and we do not provide any special supervision for those participants under the age of 18. At the McMillan Student Village we have Trinity Laban Dance Summer School assistants living-in during the two weeks but their role is to help in case of emergencies and they do not function in loco parentis, either at the halls or at the Laban Building for the two-week course.

Is there financial support available for this course?

It can be hard to get financial support to help you participate in the Dance Summer School as it is a short course, and not an accredited programme. However, it may be useful to approach your local council or borough's art or culture department to find out if they have any funding available to support students in the arts. If you are 16 to 18 years old, some schools also have a pocket of money for development and could be worth contacting about support for Dance Summer School. To strengthen requests for financial support and provide a personal touch it is also beneficial to provide a concise statement about the individual student, including why you are interested in dance, what you will get out of the Dance Summer School and why the extra funding would be of use to your training. Please visit our financial support page for more detailed information.

Should I book my flights straight away?

We strongly advise that you do not book any flights or additional accommodation until you have received email confirmation from Trinity Laban of your place on the course. Any flight or accommodation bookings made prior to this confirmation are made at your own risk, and Trinity Laban will not be liable to refund you for any loss you experience in the unlikely event that the course does not run.

Can I start the classes later in the week than the first Monday?

We strongly advise that participants arrange to be in London and at Trinity Laban from the first day of the course to get maximum benefit from this programme. Due to the intensive nature of the classes, participants would risk missing essential introductory work in classes at the beginning by arriving after the first day.

Is it ok to leave the course and accommodation early?

Yes - some international participants do have to leave early to get a flight early during the last days of the course, but we recommend you time your journeys so that you don't miss anything! Many classes will share their work in an informal sharing on the last Thursday or Friday and it's a great chance to perform sequences and/or choreography you've been working on and to see what everyone else has been up to too.

When will I receive full information regarding the course?

We recommend that you book your place through the Online Shop. An automated receipt is generated and sent to you which includes a link to a detailed Student Information Pack which you can download. You will also be asked to complete an Essential Information Form which is for health and safety before taking part in the course.

My payment has been processed; does this mean that the course will definitely go ahead?

Due to the high number of applications that we receive, we process payment upon receipt of each application. In the unlikely case that the course is cancelled, Trinity Laban would issue a full refund.

During the Dance Summer School

What should I wear?

It's best to bring a range of dancewear for the classes. Most people 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 you can wear more tightly fitting clothing so that your teacher can check your alignment. You should expect to do all classes in bare feet, except Ballet and Street Dance Forms. For Ballet classes you should wear soft ballet shoes if you have them, but tight fitting socks would be a good alternative for the Beginners class. We do not offer Pointe work at Trinity Laban. For Street Dance Forms please wear trainers with non-marking soles. Contemporary Jazz classes can be done in bare feet or jazz shoes with non-marking soles. To ensure your safety and the safety of others, we ask that that you don't wear jewellery when taking part in a class.

What equipment is provided?

Pilates and Yoga mats are available to borrow at no additional charge, but you are welcome to bring your own mat if you have one.

Is lunch or dinner provided for students?

No - food is not included but can be purchased at the Laban Building Café 'So Deli' or a number of shops or restaurants in the local area. Participants are welcome to bring their own food to the building too.

What is your policy for late-comers to classes?

For health and safety reasons participants who arrive later than 15 minutes after the start of each class may 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 class participants. We advise students to warm up and cool down at the beginning and end of classes. Special sessions will be offered during the course concerning health and wellbeing for dancers.

How do I get to the Laban Building?

All classes during the Summer School are located at the Laban Building, Creekside, London SE8 3DZ. For information on where to find us please follow this link: Directions to the Laban Building.

Can visitors or parents watch the Dance Summer School Sharing/s?

No - the Dance Summer School sharing/s take place in the Studio Theatre which has limited seating capacity. The sharing/s are an opportunity for participants to watch and show the work they have made during the two weeks. We cannot accommodate additional audience members.

Will there be any award for students?

The course is not accredited, but we provide a Certificate of Attendance to every student who completes the course. These can be collected on the last day.

Accommodation Questions

How old do you have to be to stay in the Accommodation?

Students must be 16 years and above to book a room at the McMillan Student Village through Trinity Laban.

Where will the students be staying?

The McMillan Student Village, which is just a 5-minute walk from the Laban Building.

Will students be accompanied by an adult whilst they are staying at the accommodation?

A team of assistants stay with the Dance Summer School participants at the McMillan Student Village. The Dance Summer School Assistants are there to support the safety and wellbeing of all participants in the evenings and overnight at the accommodation, but they are not acting in loco parentis. They will reside in the accommodation with the students for the full duration of the Dance Summer School. Students are encouraged to go to the Dance Summer School Assistants with any concerns, at any time.

What is included within the accommodation fee?

  • The accommodation comprises of a single ensuite room with a bed, wardrobe and study desk. Each room has ensuite facilities, including a shower, toilet and sink.

  • Each room is on a corridor with the shared use of a fully fitted shared kitchen with fridge, oven, and microwave. The accommodation is self-catering; food is not included. Participants may also use the Café facilities at the Laban Building.

  • Bedding, towels and kitchen utensils are provided; bedding and towels will be changed once a week. You may like to bring an extra towel to use in the showers at the Laban Building.

  • There are washing machines and drying facilities located at the McMillan Halls Student Village. Please contact the Reception at McMillan Student Village for further information.

Will the students have their own rooms?

Yes; students stay in single en-suite accommodation during the Dance Summer School.

Can I share a room with my friend? Can parents stay at the accommodation with the students?

No; the rooms are single occupancy, although you may request a room next to a friend also taking the course. Please email [email protected] with your request once you and your friend/s have made your bookings for the course and accommodation. 

What will the students do during the evenings?

We offer a variety of additional activities during the two weeks including a performance at the Laban Theatre, social events, plus morning and evening workshops. Participants are free to choose whether they take part in the activities on offer or make their own arrangements in the evenings. There are no activities scheduled at the weekend.

Can the students stay additional nights, before the course starts or after it ends?

We cannot accommodate any changes to the accommodation booking through Trinity Laban. We advise students to contact McMillan Student Village directly about additional nights.

Where can I stay if I don't have a room at the McMillan Student Village?

For information about accommodation in the local area please visit the Greenwich Tourist Information website.

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