Programme Leader Graduate Diploma in Dance Studies (DDS) and Independent Study Programme (ISP)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Dance
Tel: +44 (0)20 8691 8600
Melanie Clarke is a Teaching Fellow of Trinity Laban and the Higher Education Academy. She is Programme Leader for the Dance Diploma Programmes at Trinity Laban which includes the Graduate Diploma in Dance, Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance, Graduate Diploma Dance & English and the Independent Dance Study programme. She teaches Release-based technique, Choreological Studies, Improvisation, Performance and Choreography as well as tutoring student led research projects. She also works as an academic tutor at Bird College supervising Independent Projects.
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. She is the author of the Essential Guide to Contemporary Dance Techniques published by Crowood in 2020. Her research encompasses choreographic practice and movement analysis. She recently presented with Lizzi Kew Ross and the Craft and Art Symposium in London (Feb 2020). She is a specialist in Labanotation and a fellow of the International Council of Kinetography Laban. She has presented 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 16 original works in Britain and internationally between 1999-2019.
Qualifications and Educational Background
Melanie Clarke graduated from Laban with a BA Honours Dance Theatre degree.
She then returned to undertake an MA degree in Dance Studies focusing on Dance in Education, Dance Documentation and Reconstruction, and Choreography. After passing with Distinction Melanie joined the Trinity Laban faculty.
She is an accredited External Examiner (AdvanceHE). She has been the external examiner for Greenwich University and an external specialist for Leicester College. She is currently external examiner for the BA in Dance at Ipswich University.