1879
Rudolf Laban, born in Austria - Hungary

1938
Laban flees from Germany to the UK to join Kurt Jooss and Lisa Ullmann (two of his dance associates and collaborators).

1946
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.

1953
Art of Movement Studio expands its studies and moves to Addlestone in Surrey.

1958
Rudolf Laban died.

1973
On the retirement of Lisa Ullman, Marion North becomes Principal of the Art of Movement Studio.

1974
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.

The One Year Course in Dance Studies (later validated as the Graduate Diploma in Dance Studies) is established.

1975
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.

1976
The building of the Studio Theatre at the Laurie Grove premises.

1977
Validation of the three-year BA Hons Dance Theatre by the Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA).

1979
The first students graduated from the BA (Hons) Dance Theatre.

1980
Laban offers the MA Dance Studies (the first MA in Dance in the UK).

Research Degrees of MPhil and PhD are validated.

1981
Community Dance and Movement Diploma (later validated as the Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance) takes its first students.

1982
Transitions Dance Company/Graduate Diploma in Performance (later validated as MA Dance Performance) is established.

Foundation of Dance Theatre Journal, an international publication.

1985
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.

1989
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.

1992
Validation of the BA, MA and Research Degree programmes by City University, London.

1997
New visual identity and change of name to Laban Centre London.

1999
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.

2000
Dr Marion North is awarded  OBE (Officer of the British Empire) in recognition of her outstanding contribution to dance.

2002
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.

2003
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.

2004
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.

2005
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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