The training at LCDS is very intensive, but it’s a relaxed, encouraging atmosphere. The more I’m here, the more I realise how much there actually is to dance - isn’t just being technically skilled and efficient, but it’s also the intellectual process of creating work. The real strength of training at LCDS is that it teaches you to develop an advanced, critical thought process, while being friendly and open in its approach.

/ Joe Walkling, BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance graduate /

About LCDS


London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS) is based at The Place, the UK’s premier centre for dance, and offers dance artists from around the world the opportunity to pursue vocational training to the highest technical standards.With a world class faculty and unrivalled connections to the professional dance world, LCDS is proud to offer students a vibrant and stimulating learning experience.

Undergraduates training for a three-year BA (Hons) or one-year Certificate of Higher Education in Contemporary Dance have daily classes in both contemporary dance and ballet, and courses in Performance and Technical Studies, Choreographic Studies and Contextual Studies.As an alternative to ballet, South Asian dance has been offered since 2004 - the first time that vocational training to degree standard has been available to students of Kathak or Bharatanatyam alongside contemporary dance.

Postgraduate options include a Diploma leading to MA in Performance, Choreography, Dance for the Screen or Dance Training & Education. London Contemporary Dance School was a founding affiliate of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama in 2001. Professor Veronica Lewis MBE, the School’s Director, is a Joint Principal of the Conservatoire.


LCDS alumni include Richard Alston, Kim Brandstrup, Jonzi D, Siobhan Davis, Javier de Frutos, Betsy Gregory, Paul Liburd, Etta Murfitt, Robert North, Henri Oguike, Kenneth Tharp, and Sheron Wray.

Our graduates have gone on to join, among others: Akram Khan Company, Richard Alston Dance Company, CandoCo, DV8, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, New Adventures, Rambert Dance Company, Random Dance Company, Russell Maliphant Company, Siobhan Davies Dance Company, Scottish Ballet and Yolande Snaith Theatredance.

Access for disabled people

LCDS welcomes applications from disabled people and offers places solely on the basis of potential and suitability for the training we offer. Applicants are encouraged to inform the School of any disability or condition as early as possible so that the School can make appropriate arrangements to meet their needs at audition and during the programme.

The Place is fully accessible to wheelchair users. If you would like to discuss your access needs before applying, please contact Mark Tyler, Director of Student Services, on 020 7121 1111.


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London Contemporary Dance School
The Place
17 Duke’s Road
London WC1H 9PY

Tel +44 (0)20 7121 1111

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