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Hopefully we will cover your questions here, but please contact dancesummerschool@trinitylaban.ac.uk with any further queries. We are happy to help and offer advice!

Pre-Booking Questions

How old do you have to be in order to take part in the Dance Summer School?

Anyone aged 16 years+ is welcome to take part in the Dance Summer School. With a broad programme that can be tailored to meet different needs, we have adults of all ages, backgrounds and abilities taking part.

If you are under 16 years old on the first day of the course you won’t be able to attend this year, but we hope you will join us at a Dance Summer School in the future.

What is Trinity Laban’s Dance Summer School like?

The atmosphere at the Dance Summer School is lively, fun, and friendly. We offer sessions at different ability levels so that everyone, from complete beginners to those with professional training, can get the most from the intensive course.

Participants come from all over the world and from all kinds of dance and movement backgrounds. There is a real sense of community with people returning every year, as well as new people taking part in the course for the first time. We build a comprehensive programme of additional free activities, events, performances and workshops that enable people to socialise and relax together. You might want to watch our short promotional film which gives you an idea!

Why do people take part in the Dance Summer School?

Some people come to the Dance Summer School to try something new, or have a dance holiday during the summer. Others are here to get a feel for what it’s like to train at Trinity Laban. We also have dance teachers attending for their own professional development plus actors and theatre practitioners coming to the course to immerse themselves in dance and movement for two weeks. Some people may not have much dance experience and want to use the two weeks to get a feel for dance and try out different styles. It’s a great opportunity to be in London at the Laban Building for a fortnight; it is always a lively and enthusiastic atmosphere. Overall, whatever a person’s background, age or ability, the Dance Summer School provides a rich, intensive dance experience in the unique setting of the Laban Building.

Do I need previous dance experience to be able to take part?

Not at all, we offer sessions for beginners through to those at professional level. Please see our Class Levels page for more information. Our teachers will take the time to cover the essential basics of the technique and build your confidence over the 10 days.

I have previous experience in dance, what level is best for me?

For those with previous dance or movement experience. We have Level 2 and Level 3 Sessions. Level 2 will provide more challenging vocabulary and a faster pace than Level 1. Level 3 Contemporary and Ballet will include more complex phrases and sequences for those in or having completed full-time dance training. Level 3 sessions will also place more emphasis on the performative qualities of the technique. Remember that all participants self-select their own level, so each session will have a wide range of abilities.  It is up to the individual to get the best out of the sessions for themselves.  We also offer Open Level sessions that enable a mixed group of participants to work together, and our experienced teachers will adapt the material to meet the ability levels of those in the session, meaning you can work at your own pace.  For a more detailed guide please see our Class Levels page.

Is it possible to attend for one week?

Trinity Laban’s Dance Summer School is only offered as a two-week programme. We are unable to offer a one-week option.

If you only have one week to spare, we would recommend our choreology-focused dance course How Movement Works or our Musical Theatre Summer School Take The Lead.

Can you let me know about accessibility?

The Laban Building is fully accessible; all sessions are open to people with disabilities. If you have any specific requirements, it is helpful if you discuss them with us beforehand. Please contact us on 020 8305 9400.

Does the course cater for international students?

Absolutely! Participants come from all over the world to take part in the Dance Summer School at Trinity Laban; we had people from more than 34 countries attending in 2018. We do ask that participants have a good standard of spoken English, as this is the language sessions will be delivered in.

How many people might there be in a session?

We have a maximum of 28 participants in our sessions.

I am not sure what’s right for me. Can I have a ‘taster’ session? How do I put myself in the right level?

There’s no audition, and we do not offer ‘taster’ sessions during the Dance Summer School. Please read the descriptions for the sessions and levels on the website, and contact us if you are unsure what might be right for you at the booking stage. We are happy to advise you.

What if I am not happy with my timetable selections?

We cannot accommodate session change requests in advance or during Dance Summer School. Do read the session descriptions carefully before booking.

How much does it cost?

The Dance Summer School fee information for 2020 is not yet available. Please see the 2019 fees below for a reference:

The Dance Summer School course fee for 2019 is £660. There is an option to pay a deposit for the course fees and the remaining balance at a later date.

An early bird fee of £530 is available for those booking by 30 March 2019.

For 2019, the full course fees will need to be received by 1 June 2019. It may still be possible to book after the course fee deadline if places are available, but you will need to pay the full fee at the time of booking.

When and where can I pay?

Booking opens in February 2020 and you can pay for the Dance Summer School course through our Online Shop. Please note that all fees are non-refundable.

How early do I need to book?

Booking opens in February 2020.

What about younger participants from 16-18 years old?

The Dance Summer School is primarily designed for adults. However, every year we are pleased to welcome young people between the ages of 16 and 18, as they can benefit from the adult environment and level of dance training. We do wish to make clear that all Dance Summer School participants, regardless of age, have the independence to come and go as they wish and we do not provide any special supervision for those participants under the age of 18. At the McMillan Student Village we have Trinity Laban Dance Summer School assistants living in the students village during the two weeks, but their role is to help in case of emergencies and they do not function in loco parentis, either at the halls or at the Laban Building for the two-week course.

Is there financial support available for this course?

It can be hard to get financial support to help you to participate in the Dance Summer School as it is a short course and not an accredited programme.

UK-based dance teachers may be eligible to apply for a bursary. Find out more on our bursaries page.

Trinity Laban does not offer any other form of financial support for this course. We do offer this advice for your research:

  • It may be useful to approach your local council or borough’s art or culture department to find out if they have any funding available to support students in the arts.
  • If you are 16 to 18 years old, some schools have a pocket of money for development and could be worth contacting about support for the Dance Summer School.
  • To strengthen requests for financial support and provide a personal touch, it is beneficial to provide a concise statement about the individual student, including why you are interested in dance, what you will get out of the Dance Summer School, and why the extra funding would be of use to your training.
  • Please visit our financial support page for more detailed information.

Should I book my flights straight away?

We recommend that you do not book any flights or additional accommodation until you have received your booking confirmation email from Trinity Laban confirming your place on the course.

Can I start the summer school later in the week than the first Monday?

We strongly advise that participants arrange to be in London and at Trinity Laban from the first day of the course to get the maximum benefit from this programme. Due to the intensive nature of the sessions, participants would risk missing essential introductory work in sessions at the beginning by arriving after the first day.

Is it ok to leave the course and accommodation early?

Some international participants do have to leave early to catch a flight during the last day of the course, but we recommend that you time your journeys so that you don’t miss anything! Many sessions will share their work in an informal sharing on the last Thursday or Friday and it’s a great chance to perform sequences and/or choreography you’ve been working on and to see what everyone else has been up to too.

When will I receive full information regarding the course?

Bookings are taken through our Online Shop. An automated booking confirmation email is generated and sent to you to confirm your payment and your sessions selections. You can download a copy of the Dance Summer School Information Pack from our Booking Information page. This includes everything you need to know before the start of the course.

My payment has been processed; does this mean that the course will definitely go ahead?

Due to the high number of bookings that we receive, we process payment upon receipt of each booking. In the unlikely case that the course is cancelled, Trinity Laban would issue a full refund.



During the Dance Summer School

What should I wear?

It’s best to bring a range of dancewear for the sessions. Most people wear soft, comfortable clothing that is easy to move in, such as tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt with extra layers for warmth. For ballet, we recommend you wear fitted clothing so that your teacher can check your alignment. You should expect to do all sessions in bare feet, except Ballet and Street Dance Forms. For Ballet, you should wear soft ballet shoes if you have them, but socks would be a good alternative at the barre for the Level 1 session if you are new to Ballet. We do not offer Pointe work at Trinity Laban. For Flying Low, it is advisable to wear long sleeves and long leg trousers, to facilitate a smoother transition from floor to standing and gliding along the floor.  For Street Dance Forms, please wear trainers with non-marking soles. Jazz or musical theatre sessions can be done in bare feet or jazz shoes with non-marking soles. To ensure your safety and the safety of others, we ask that you don’t wear jewellery in the studio.

What equipment is provided?

Pilates and Yoga mats are available to borrow at no additional charge, but you are welcome to bring your own mat if you have one.

Is lunch or dinner provided for students?

No – food is not included but can be purchased at the Laban Building Café ‘Barista & Baker’ or a number of shops or restaurants in the local area. Participants are welcome to bring their own food to the building too.

What is your policy for late-comers to sessions?

For health and safety reasons, participants who arrive later than 15 minutes after the start of each session may be permitted to watch the session but not take part. This is because they will have missed the essential warm up and introduction to the session, which is vital in the prevention of injuries to participants. Trinity Laban has a duty of care to all participants. We advise students to warm up and cool down at the beginning and end of sessions. Special sessions will be offered during the course concerning health and wellbeing for dancers.

How do I get to the Laban Building?

All activities during the Dance Summer School are located at the Laban Building, Creekside, London SE8 3DZ. For information on where to find us, please follow this link: Directions to the Laban Building.

Can visitors or parents watch the Dance Summer School sessions/sharings?

Visitors, including parents, are not permitted to watch sessions, sharings, or any of the other Dance Summer School activity. All visitors to the Laban Building must remain in the public areas, i.e. the cafe, and will not be permitted to pass the security barriers.

While we understand that participants may like to share their experiences with family and friends, the Laban Building is extremely busy during these two weeks and we do not have the capacity to accommodate additional people in the building.

Will there be an award for students?

The course is not accredited, but we can provide an electronic Certificate of Attendance on request to every participant who completes the course. These can be emailed to you.



Accommodation Questions

Trinity Laban can not provide accommodation.

What will the students do during the evenings?

We offer a variety of additional activities during the two weeks, including a performance at the Laban Theatre, social events, plus morning and evening workshops. Participants are free to choose whether they take part in the activities on offer or make their own arrangements in the evenings. There are no activities scheduled at the weekend.

Where can I stay?

For information about accommodation in the local area please see Visit Greenwich.