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Course length
12 Months
Start date
September 2024

The MA Dance: Performance focuses on developing your technical skills and artistic voice to enable you to navigate and shape the changing professional landscapes and contexts for dance performance.

Across contemporary cultural forms, dance artists contribute to a wide range of collaborative and interdisciplinary processes, using different media and modes of audience engagement. To support this, they need to develop and value their artistic agency and professional confidence in negotiating freelance portfolio careers. Throughout this course you will build up a reflective portfolio of performance experiences in order to investigate, apply and evaluate the various skills, networks and frameworks that will optimise your professional development and give you the foundations for a sustainable career as a dance performer.

A person in the forefront of the image is wearing a black t-shirt and trousers. They are standing, knees bent, and their body is twisted as they look to the left towards the floor. Their right arm reaches forward with a bent elbow, palm facing the floor. The left arm is bent by the side of their body.  In the background here are three other dancers in the studio
LCDS students moving through our studio Credit: Camilla Greenwell 2021
  • You will be exposed to a broad range of intensive performance training, developed through collaborative creative processes
  • You will explore the shifting demands, challenges and potentials of performance as you experience different contexts and methods for making and presenting dance
  • You will be introduced to the various freelancing skills needed to support and advance your career
  • You will establish a professional network to enable you to explore the opportunities for the development, application and promotion of your performance practice
  • You will initiate, manage and realise a substantial self-directed project which foregrounds your artistic interests as a performer

The new MA Dance: Performance programme is a unique learning opportunity that will enhance and deepen a young dancer’s artistry, craft and self-knowledge. Its pioneering approach to the training of performers will make a meaningful difference to the global dance eco-system, cultivating 'complete' artists who are better prepared for the industry than they have ever been before. I can’t wait to see the results!

Farooq Chaudhry OBE

Executive Producer Akram Khan Company & Patron of The Place

Things you need to know

What will I be studying?

Unit 1: Encounters (60 Credits)

This unit will focus on experiential learning through exposure to different processes of researching, creating and sharing dance performance. This will serve to establish a community of practice within the cohort, fostering a sense of belonging and developing a supportive peer group, alongside familiarising students with the demands of project work and the rigours of daily training experiences.

Students will explore methodologies for contributing to, and reflecting upon, devised performances, the learning of existing repertory and the use of improvisation skills in performance. These will be investigated through their application to modes of presentation to various audience contexts, both live and virtual. Students will be exposed to different performance mediums representative of established and emerging mediums of performance from the professional environment. Students will critically investigate strategies for self-evaluation and peer feedback as methods for enriching intrinsic motivation and for the dissemination of their embodied research. These will be supported by practical classes for physical and mental preparation and seminars which explore discursive contexts and professional frameworks alongside seminars exploring theory and academic literature from the fields of Dance Science and Performance Psychology.

Unit 2: Contexts (60 Credits)

This unit will build on the experiential learning in the previous unit and continue to expose students to new collaborative processes for researching, devising, learning repertoire, improvising and they will further interrogate how these processes modulate across contexts for performance. Students will be introduced to a range of mentors from across the professional sector and investigate how to initiate and resource self-directed research into performance experiences, resulting in a proposal for an actualisation portfolio project.

This unit will emphasise ongoing self-practice as the means by which the professional dance artist maintains and develops a base of technical proficiency and artistic availability. Students will be supported to lead sessions with the cohort sharing the development of their own personal practice as a means of exploring how to disseminate individual interests in training and skill building. Supplementary seminars will explore freelance skills of negotiating contracts and devising and managing budgets, network building and the development of multi-stranded communication and promotional skills.

Unit 3: Portfolio (60 Credits)

This unit will consolidate the learning from the previous units and enable the student to plan, realise and reflect upon a period of self-directed exploration into the career trajectories of contemporary dance performing artists. Together with support from the course team and a mentor the student will actualise a process through which they will investigate their own performance practice within a wider industry setting. They will initiate the communications support required for this independent exploration and resource the technical skills and training needed to support this process. The final presentation of a reflective portfolio will draw upon the previous encounters with performance alongside the consolidation and integration of the knowledge gathered through their independent process, and the student will explore modes and multimedia strategies for documenting, framing, and disseminating their experiential learning from these events. There will be a final festival/symposium where live work and documents can be shared with peers, audiences and the wider professional community.

Entry Requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

• BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications

• Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration

• Personal statement

If you don't meet the above requirements, you might still be considered with additional strengths or alternative evidence such as:

• Related academic or professional experience in in dance, film, arts, media, fine arts, performance, or similar field

• The quality of the personal statement

• A strong academic or other professional reference

• A combination of these factors

English language requirements

IELTS level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking

Student Visas

If you are an overseas student, you might require a Student Visa to study with us.

How do I apply?

STAGE ONE - Application Form

You are required to complete our online application form where you input details about yourself, your educational and employment history, and a personal statement covering why you want to join our MA Dance: Performance. On this form you will also select your preferred location to attend the admissions workshop.

The admissions workshops are taking place at the following destinations and dates:

The Place, London (Rolling dates assigned by our admissions team)
Padua, Italy, 11 November 2023
SOTA, Singapore, 04 Feb 2024
Mexico City, Mexico, Feb 2024 (Exact date TBC)
Los Angeles, USA, Feb 2024 (Exact date TBC)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Feb 2024 (Exact date TBC)
New York City, USA, Feb 2024 (Exact date TBC)
Montreal, Canada, 02 March 2024
Brussels, Belgium, 31 March 2024
Kyrenia, Cyprus, 13 April 2024

Our admissions team will be in touch with you based on your selection.

STAGE TWO - Admissions Workshop

You will then attend our one-day admissions workshop.

There are no recalls or cuts during our admissions workshops.

After the admissions workshop please allow up to 2 weeks to hear an outcome from our admissions team.


£12,500 – UK Home Fees
£24,000 – Overseas Fee

Find out more about our financial support for your studies.

Learn more about the programme from our course leader Tom Afiyan-English

Meet the team

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2023/24 Guest Artists

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