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Laban merges with Trinity College of Music to form Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance – the first conservatoire for music and dance in the UK.

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Diploma in Dance Theatre subsumed within the BA (Hons) Dance Theatre programme.

Marion North honoured with CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in recognition of her services to dance.

Anthony Bowne becomes Principal of Laban on the retirement of Dr Marion North.

Official opening of the new Laban Building by Rt. Hon Tessa Jowell, MP, Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport.

Laban Building awarded RIBA Stirling Prize for Architecture.

Postgraduate Masters programmes extended to include, Choreography, European Dance Theatre Practice, Dance Performance (Transitions Dance Company), Dance Science.

Foundation of journal, Discourses in Dance.

New Laban Building in Creekside, Deptford opens, architects Herzog & de Meuron.

New corporate identity launched and change of name to Laban.

Dr Marion North is awarded  OBE (Officer of the British Empire) in recognition of her outstanding contribution to dance.

Establishment MA Scenography Dance.

Validation of the Diploma Dance Theatre and Diploma in Community Dance  by City University.

Laban is successful in its bid for capital lottery funding for a new building.

New visual identity and change of name to Laban Centre London.

Validation of the BA, MA and Research Degree programmes by City University, London.


MA Dance Movement Therapy receives validation in England by the Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA).

Completion of the Laban Centre complex. Formal opening by Sir John Drummond, controller of BBC Radio 3.

Collaboration with Hahnemann University Medical School, Philadelphia (USA) to introduce the first UK MA Dance Movement Therapy.

Expansion of the New Cross site. Formal opening by Sir Roy Shaw, Secretary General of the Arts Council for Great Britain.

Transitions Dance Company/Graduate Diploma in Performance (later validated as MA Dance Performance) is established.

Foundation of Dance Theatre Journal, an international publication.

Community Dance and Movement Diploma (later validated as the Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance) takes its first students

Laban offers the MA Dance Studies (the first MA in Dance in the UK).

Research Degrees of MPhil and PhD are validated.

The first students graduated from the BA (Hons) Dance Theatre.

Validation of the three-year BA Hons Dance Theatre by the Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA).

The building of the Studio Theatre at the Laurie Grove premises.

The Art of Movement Studio is renamed Laban Centre for Movement and Dance and moves to new premises in Laurie Grove, New Cross, South East London.

Bonnie Bird joins the Art of Movement Studio as Artistic Director.

The three year vocational Diploma in Dance Theatre is developed and enrols its first students.


On the retirement of Lisa Ullman, Marion North becomes Principal of the Art of Movement Studio.The One Year Course in Dance Studies (later validated as the Graduate Diploma in Dance Studies) is established.

Rudolf Laban died.

Art of Movement Studio expands its studies and moves to Addlestone in Surrey.

Laban Centre for Movement and Dance begins its life as the Art of Movement Studio in Manchester, set up by Rudolf Laban and Lisa Ullmann.

Laban flees from Germany to the UK to join Kurt Jooss and Lisa Ullmann (two of his dance associates and collaborators).

Rudolf Laban, born in Austria – Hungary