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Every year, applicants tell us that they enjoy auditioning at Trinity Laban.

Our audition procedure is designed to enable us to find out about you – not just how good a dancer and performer you are, but what sort of a person you are, and to assess whether you have the potential to be the sort of dancer who will benefit from the approach that we have.

Applications are open for 2021 entry

Trinity Laban is following all advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the NHS and Public Health England to keep our community safe. Our priority is to ensure the wellbeing of our students, staff and new applicants. We will, therefore, not offer in-person auditions for entry in September 2021.

Please submit an application via UCAS Conservatoires for one of the following programmes

BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance

BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance with Foundation Year

BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance with International Foundation Year

You only need to apply for your preferred programme (foundation or degree level).  To audition, you should watch the videos below and upload a recorded response to the exercises and tasks set in the three videos, via Embark. The deadline to submit a recorded audition is 26 March.

The video comprises three sections: Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance Technique and Creative Work. Verbal instructions are given within the video but the following notes will help clarify what the audition panel wishes to see in your filmed response.

Classical Ballet

You will see three ballet exercises demonstrated both from a front-facing and a back-facing perspective. Please film yourself executing these exercises in a front-facing position only (the back-facing demonstration is there to help you learn the exercises).

Contemporary Dance Technique

You will see alternative orientations for the three contemporary technique exercises. Please film yourself in both front-facing and side-facing positions for the first two exercises and in a front-facing position only for the third exercise.

For both the ballet and contemporary exercises accompanying music of a similar tempo to that played in the video may be used or the exercises may be filmed in silence.

Creative Work

The creative task is to devise and film your performance of a 1-minute solo illustrating your individual response to the tasks explored in the video. The solo should be performed in silence.

Personal Statement/Interview Questions

Please film an introduction to yourself giving your name, your previous dance experience and your current dance/artistic activities. Then please address the following questions (maximum total: 5 minutes)

  • Why have you applied to undertake contemporary dance training and why have you chosen Trinity Laban?
  • What has inspired you to become a dance artist and how do you see your future career in dance developing?
  • What influences your creative thinking?
  • What dance have you seen recently which has influenced your thinking about entering the dance profession and why?

Audition Criteria

  • physical skills
  • physical facility
  • movement memory, capacity to pick up material
  • musicality
  • spatial awareness
  • risk-taking, response to challenges
  • level of engagement
  • range of movement qualities, dynamics
  • presence
  • response to tasks and direction
  • creative choices

For more information please contact us at  admissions@trinitylaban.ac.uk.

Six dancers all holding on to each other in motion