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London Contemporary Dance School

About London Contemporary Dance School

London Contemporary Dance School offers vocational training to the highest technical and artistic standards in its undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes, and at pre-vocational level through the Centre for Advanced Training scheme.

Grounded in a culture that supports the emergent artistic voice, we offer an intensive, rigorous and creative dance education, validated by the University of Kent, that prepares you for a career in dance. At the core of the School’s ethos is the desire to drive the art form forward by working alongside professional artists and engaging with the profession. We have exceptional teachers, many of whom are also practicing artists, international guest choreographers and opportunities to work with organisations such as: Wimbledon School of Art, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, National Centre for Circus Arts, Sadler’s Wells, California Institute of the Arts, Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance and Taipei National University of the Arts.

With around 180 students, you will be recognised as an individual and quickly become part of a community where dance makers at every level are inspiring and learning from each other. Based at The Place in central London, you are at the centre of a hub for independent dance artists and ideally placed to explore the cultural highlights on offer in the city’s many theatres, cinemas, specialist libraries, galleries, museums, venues and markets.

We welcome imaginative, enquiring people from all backgrounds and nationalities who are interested in the endless possibilities of dance. To help you make a well-informed decision about whether it’s the right place for you, take a look at our website which has interviews with students, videos of classes and more information about the programmes:

London Contemporary Dance School puts you at the centre of your education. The future of contemporary dance is in your hands.


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.

The Place

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

LCDS Alumni

Sharon Watson, Phoenix Dance Theatre (LCDS)

James Wilton, Choreographer (LCDS)

Javier De Frutos, Choreographer (LCDS)

Kenneth Tharp, Chief Executive, The Place (LCDS)

Siobhan Davies, Artistic Director (LCDS)

Freddie Opoku Addaie, Dancer & Choreographer (LCDS)

Jonzi D, Artistic Director (LCDS)

Etta Murfitt, Assistant Director, New Adventures (LCDS)

James Cousins, Dancer & Choreographer (LCDS)

Riccardo Buscarini, Choreographer (LCDS)

Kim Brandstrup, Choreographer (LCDS)

Darshan Singh Bhuller, Choreographer (LCDS)

Janet Archer, Chief Executive, Creative Scotland (LCDS)

Richard Alston, Artistic Director & Choreographer (LCDS)