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TL revamps postgrad dance programmes

Wed 7 April 2021

London’s creative conservatoire Trinity Laban announces two enhanced postgraduate programmes for 2021/22: the MA/MFA Dance Leadership and Community Practice and the brand-new Graduate Certificate in Dance.

Led by Programme Leader and TL alum Melanie Clarke, the relaunched programmes are a new phase in the advancement of Trinity Laban’s postgraduate dance options. With a strong vocational focus, they offer learners the opportunity to explore their creative identity while developing practical entrepreneurial skills to become knowledgeable and supportive dance leaders of the future.

Sara Matthews, Trinity Laban’s Director of Dance, comments –

“Responding to the changing dance industry, these enhanced programmes enable Trinity Laban to integrate expertise from across our departments and beyond into our innovative training, ensuring we continue to nurture future creative leaders from all backgrounds.”

The newly validated MA/MFA in Dance Leadership and Community Practice is an evolution of Trinity Laban’s Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance. Building on the diploma, the degree is designed to equip learners with the abilities and knowledge to discover what drives them as artists and understand how to establish sustainable careers as skilled practitioners and facilitators in community and participatory settings.

Students on the MA/MFA will develop an understanding of dance as a socially relevant, creative, applied, and inclusive practice and benefit from hands-on work experience with our Learning and Participation Department. Experienced tutors and professionals support students understanding of how to generate and lead quality dance experiences for the benefit of others. They will also be empowered to enhance their critical abilities and pursue independent research into their individual dance practice, enabling them to promote community dance practice in a wider field.

Melanie Clarke comments –

“There has been a lot of recent media coverage of how dance can enable and support people and there are a huge number of possibilities within this growing field. This is a prime moment for people to delve into community practice, to do research, and to start to produce evidence of how dance can really enable and support different populations. We’re really excited to be able to take that forward as part of Trinity Laban.”

Trinity Laban’s brand-new Graduate Certificate in Dance is an intensive dance programme aimed at learners with unconventional routes into dance, or who have come from alternative dance practices, and want to enhance their technical and creative practice within a conservatoire environment.

Unique in the sector, the full-time six-month course offers a clearly defined route of progressive learning that allows students to push skills forward and gain a level 6 qualification. With a blend of technical and creative modules, the programme provides a stimulating learning environment in which to develop as a dance artist. From taught dance classes and creative workshops to lecture-seminar dialogue, independent and collaborative projects, the programme offers a high level of contact time and interactive learning with expert tutors. The programme aims to foster students’ development as autonomous and committed learners who can support their own professional development.

Delivered in six months, the programme is open to EU and international students under a six-month study visa.

Melanie Clarke continues –

“The Graduate Certificate in Dance is designed to bring together a rich and diverse community of artists from a wide variety of backgrounds who are united in a desire to explore and interrogate their creative potential.”

To find out more about Trinity Laban’s Postgraduate Dance courses, join our Virtual Open Day on 29 April 2021.

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