Melanie Clarke

Programme Leader Graduate Diploma in Dance Studies (DDS) and Independent Study Programme (ISP)


Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Dance
Laban Building

Tel: +44 (0)20 8691 8600




Melanie teaches on the BA Contemporary Dance, the One Year Programmes and the Specialist Diploma in Choreological Studies as well as specialist days and short courses for Learning and Participation Dance. Her areas of expertise are Release-based technique, Choreological Studies, Improvisation, Performance and Choreography as well as tutoring student led projects. Melanie has also taught independently for dance companies such as; The Cholmondeleys and Featherstonehaughs, and Tanzcompanie Giessen as well as on International Summer Schools. She has danced with a variety of companies including Dance Republic (Sheffield); Twisted Collision (Manchester); Henrietta Hale and Co, Ben Ash & Rachel Lopez and Siobhan Davies Dance Company (London). 

As an academic and teacher her aim is to enable understanding through demystification of bodily and artistic processes. This is engendered by her knowledge of anatomy and physiology as well as Rudolf Laban’s praxis and supported by her creative practice. Her research encompasses choreographic practice and movement analysis. She is a specialist in Labanotation and a fellow of the International Council of Kinetography Laban. She has presented a papers at conferences around Laban Praxis and contributed to Preston-Dunlop (2013) Laban Man of Theatre. Dance Books, London. Among others, she has scored Yvonne Rainer’s Trio A (with Jouke Kolff) which she has also reconstructed for educational proposes and also for the MOVE: Choreographing You exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in 2010. Her choreographic work includes independent solo and group works and commissions: Presenting 12 original works in Britain and internationally between 1999-2014. As a choreographer she explores the relationship between abandonment and formal structures in movement as well as investigating the communicative and expressive use of energy.

She has acted as external examiner for Greenwich University and as an external specialist for Leicester College.

Qualifications and Educational Background

Melanie Clarke graduated from Laban with a BA Honours Dance Theatre degree in 1993.

She returned in 1995 to undertake an MA degree in Dance Studies focusing on Education, Dance Documentation and Reconstruction, and Choreography. After passing with Distinction in 1998 Melanie joined the Trinity Laban faculty and is now Programme Leader for the Diploma and Dance Studies and Independent Study Programmes. She has previously held the roles of BA1 Coordinator and Convenor of the Specialist Diploma in Choreological Studies. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.