Diploma in Dance Studies

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
In South London

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Important information

Typology Course
Location South london
Duration 10 Months
  • Course
  • South london
  • Duration:
    10 Months

This programme will foster your personal and professional development, and nurture your practice and understanding of dance, whatever your age, background or experience. You will gain a strong foundation in dance and build upon your interests, experiences and abilities. Areas of study are offered, as relevant, at introductory level and more advanced levels to allow you to develop your skills.
Suitable for: Those keen to foster their long term development within the world of professional dance

Where and when
Starts Location
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South London
Creekside, SE8 3DZ, London, England
Starts On request
South London
Creekside, SE8 3DZ, London, England

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· Requirements

The programme caters for people with a variety of experience and backgrounds, and the entry requirements reflect this. Professional (not necessarily dance) experience, a first degree or other relevant qualifications are accepted and you must show strong motivation to undertake a dance studies programme to further your professional development. English Language Competency requirements also apply


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Reviews on this course

Nisha Vyas-Myall
5.0 01/09/2013
What I would highlight: The course leaders were extremely knowledgeable, feedback was brutal and fair (always pushing us to do better), the Laban studios were a wonderful learning environment with so many resources at our fingertips and, despite the seriousness of the diploma itself, the atmosphere was laid back and fun. The diploma covered virtually everything about teaching dance to children and young people- both in National Curriculum and in the community sector- including safeguarding, pitching for work, legal frameworks, planning, assessment/evaluation, anatomy and injury prevention.
What could be improved: I honestly couldn't fault this diploma- I had an amazing time at a university I have always wanted to attend (and hope to return to one day) and I have become a more knowledgeable and confident dance teacher (and dancer) as a result. The only suggestion for improvement would be to allow SCONAL membership for DDTAL and other distance learning students- travelling into Greenwich for library books can become quite costly (and heavy) if you live beyond the M25. I was able to get alumni access at the university I attended for my Bachelors, but not everyone has that opportunity (also, that £30 I had to pay for alumni access would have really been better put to use on other course materials or resources for work). I understand that Laban doesn't want the dance campus subject to loads of other students piling in, but extending the SCONAL access from the Jerwood (music) campus to the distance learning/part time dance students would be extremely helpful.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
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What you'll learn on the course

Dance Studies

Course programme


'On the course, I found myself part of a diverse, international community. There was the freedom to design my own programme and I was able to choose subjects that best represented my interests and could contribute to my long-term development. It was a very special year for me.'Luca Silvestrini, Choreographer and Artistic Director, Protein Dance Programme Length Full time: 10 Months
Part time: 20 Months Programme Content Core studies are offered in contemporary dance technique, choreography and
choreological studies. You will also be able to choose from a range of electives covering a variety of practical and contextual areas, which may include:

  • Anatomy for Dancers
  • Classical Ballet Technique
  • Community Studies
  • Contact Improvisation
  • Dance in Education
  • Issues of Dance Culture
  • Jazz Dance Technique
  • 21st Century Dance
  • Labanotation
  • Physical Theatre
  • Laban Workshop
  • Music for Dance
  • Pilates-based Body Conditioning
  • Repertory
  • Teaching Dance Technique
  • Teaching Studies

    If you are a full time student you may take up to 17 x 1.5 hour sessions per week and if part time 9 x 1.5 hour sessions per week. In addition you are expected to attend the One Year Programme Seminar each week.

    All students study two contemporary dance styles during their programme. For part time students the 2 years are designed as follows:

    Year 1 you will take 2 x contemporary technique classes in one style + 1 technical training support class and choreological studies plus electives.
    Year 2 you will take 2 x your second technique style and choreography plus electives.

    Full time students are offered a total of 25.5 hours of contact time per week; part time students are offered a total of 13.5 hours per week (each session is 1.5hrs). All full-time students study two styles of contemporary dance technique; part-time students study one technique.

Assessment You will be assessed in each component of study by continuous assessment and practical or written assignments.

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