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London Contemporary Dance School
About London Contemporary Dance School
London Contemporary Dance School is embedded in The Place, a creative powerhouse for dance development, leading the way in training, creation and performance.
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.
At London Contemporary Dance School we are deeply committed to helping you achieve your full potential, not only as a professional dance artist but also as a creative individual capable of making a valuable contribution to the world of dance and beyond.
There are approximately 200 students at London Contemporary Dance School and you will be part of a larger family which includes alumni who have shaped contemporary dance in the United Kingdom and internationally, a world renowned dance theatre, a production house delivering a national and international programme of dance and an extensive programme of community classes and outreach programmes.
In 2019/2020 London Contemporary Dance School will celebrate its 50th anniversary at its home, The Place, which has throughout the past five decades remained the leading institution for new dance in the United Kingdom.
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 Dr Lise Uytterhoeven, on 020 7121 1123.
Every day when I arrive, I have no idea where the day will take me in terms of inspiration. There are always new questions, new ideas, new connections. I feel I’m somehow driven to live in the moment and this is a beautiful thing.
Thomas, Undergraduate student
What I will never forget about the place, is that there is no judgement towards the other. In this building you are accepted just how you are.
Zsofi, Undergraduate student
Studying at LCDS gives you so many opportunities to develop both as an artist and person. There is a huge support network, and studying at LCDS and in London provides such a pool of excitement, with so much to see and do.
Annabel, Undergraduate student