London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS) is a world-leader in dance education and a key part of The Place. We offer intensive and highly creative dance courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Our mission is to champion new ideas, embrace artistic innovation, and enable extraordinary experiences for you to realise your full potential as a dance artist. We aim to prepare you for a portfolio career in dance and the creative industries.

Why study here?

You will be taught by experienced and internationally renowned teachers who will inspire and encourage you to develop as a well-rounded, creative dance artist. Each teacher has their own practice and methods, exposing you to a range of dance styles and ways of learning.

Our remarkable alumni have gone on to shape and transform the industry, often receiving worldwide recognition. Study here and join a community of future makers, leaders, educators, and performers.

A dancer wears a grey vest, brown shirt, beige cargo trousers and deep red socks. They are on stage lit by a blueish wash. Their upper body is on the floor, their arms behind their torso with elbows bent, arms support their back. Their lower body is lifted off the floor and points diagonally upwards so that their whole body makes a diagonal line from floor up to the right of the image.
An adaption of work by 2 Faced Dance Company led by Tasmin Fitzgerald Credit: Camilla Greenwell 2022

Our courses offer a unique emphasis on your physical and mental wellbeing, which is shaped by our ground-breaking research in periodization. You will also have access to an expanding student support team, who advise and guide you throughout your studies with us.

You will be joining a vibrant and diverse student body of around 250 students where you are recognised as an individual.

You will have performance opportunities at The Place Theatre and across other sites. You will collaborate with a range of international guest artists and can work with organisations such as: Wimbledon School of Art, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, National Centre for Circus Arts, Sadler’s Wells, Victoria and Albert Museum and Central St Martins.

You will be based at The Place, part of a cultural hub which is home to our production house (making and touring new work), a 280-seat professional theatre, an extensive list of classes, courses and participatory opportunities for adults and young people, and professional development programmes for artists. This creative and lively environment presents opportunities for collaboration, networking, and growth.

We welcome imaginative, enquiring people from all backgrounds and nationalities who are interested in the endless possibilities of dance.