We are incredibly grateful to our supporters for helping us to create accessible dance programmes for all, commission artists, produce and present new work and advocate for creative education. Your gift, big or small, makes a huge difference to our ability to continue to do the valuable work that we do. It enables us to take creative risks and develop opportunities to engage with new creative ideas.

Supporting The Place

The cabin door of a truck opens, spewing eerie blue smoke. Silhouetted by a bright blue light that cuts through the darkness of night, a figure wearing an astronaut uniform begins to emerge.
Future Cargo by Requardt & Rosenberg Credit: Camilla Greenwell 2022

By donating to the Pioneering Fund, you are supporting everything that we do at The Place, allowing us to champion the diversity and pioneering spirit of our community of independent artists, students, children and young people to create the most exciting new work.

Supporting Artists

The Open Studio Fund exists to enable The Place to invest in artistic risk taking. Gifts support our Producing and Touring activity and have been instrumental in the creation of many of our most groundbreaking and exciting work created over the last years, including Requardt & Rosenberg’s Future Cargo, Sivan Rubinstein’s Dance No. 2°, Jamaal Burkmar’s DONUTS, Joseph Toonga’s Born to Protest and SAYs the album.

SAY the album Credit: Daniel Phung 2022

Supporting Students

The Peggy Hawkins Fund was created by Anthony Van Laast CBE and Pernille Charrington, in memory of Peggy Hawkins, whose life was dedicated to teaching dance and choreography. Peggy was Anthony’s mother, and Pernille’s devoted friend and colleague. Founded in 2011 as the Peggy Hawkins Scholarship, it has since grown into the Peggy Hawkins Fund, a holistic student wellbeing fund which now supports the extensive student wellbeing programme at London Contemporary Dance School, including financial hardship support, physical support, mental health support and learning support.

Dance Students in Studio
LCDS Students Credit: James Keats 2023
Three LCDS students stand outside The Place, there is a metal fence and trees behind them, one student is making the other two laugh
LCDS Students Credit: Camilla Greenwell 2021

The Students' Fund distributes grants to students studying at London Contemporary Dance School who are in need of additional financial support. These awards make a real difference to those who might otherwise not have the resources necessary to either take up a place or complete their training.

Support Young People

It's made a big difference to our lives... she's a very happy, focused child and it's down to this funding


The Iris Tomlinson Fund provides children and young people access to small bursaries to helping with the cost of our fantastic programme of Children and Youth classes. These activities include our Saturday class programme, youth companies and additional workshops and holiday projects.

The Fund is dedicated to Iris Tomlinson who dedicated her life's work to shaping our young dancer’s programme over the last three decades. Iris left The Place in autumn 2011.

Two male students have their backs to the camera, looking at each other. One is wearing a purple sports t-shirt, the other a black hoodie. We see a young lady laughing between them. She is facing the camera and holding her necklace as she is looking at the young man on the left of the photo.

The Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) is part of a national network which identifies and assists young people with great potential to access world-class specialist dance training, regardless of their personal circumstances. We are renewing our commitment to placing young people at the heart of what we do and CAT plays a central part in this endeavour. Your generosity and support allows this to happen.

Donating to the Centre for Advanced Training Fund, you are helping us continue to inspire and empower young people from diverse backgrounds to take risks and achieve their full potential through world class dance experiences.