Postgraduate Diploma: Community Dance

Train as a community dance artist with this completely unique vocational programme.

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; and
  • experienced professionals from dance/other sectors looking to broaden their skills and knowledge and enter new areas of professional practice.

Please note that for those who do not already hold a degree qualification, having completed this programme, you would no longer be eligable for a Student Loan in order to fund an undergraduate degree.

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

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?

For more information, please email Bethan Peters at [email protected].


  • Full-time: 10 months
  • Part-time: 20 months

Entry to this programme is initially by submitting a UCAS Conservatoire application and then selected invite to practical audition (technical and creative work) and interview. You will normally have professional experience, preferably in dance, teaching or community work, and/or successfully completed three or four years as an undergraduate at a university in an appropriate and related subject, or an overseas award of equivalent standard, for example Bachelor Degree (USA - GPA 3.00 or above), licence or Diploma. If invited, you must show aptitude for dance study at interview and audition. English language competency requirements also apply.

View UK audition dates for this programme.

Please contact us for overseas audition dates.

"It was a creative, thought-provoking and intensely rewarding year; one which opened my eyes to the possibility of dance... I could not wait to share what I had learned."
Louise Jardine
former Projects Co-ordinator,
Trinity Laban Education and Community Programme

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