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Independent Study Programme (Dance)

Course Description

The Independent Study Programme (ISP) is an open and flexible programme, based on a 'professional development' model. it caters for different levels of expertise and experience and appealing to students from a wide variety of backgrounds. It offers intensive (full or part time) study in dance enabling you to navigate a personal route of study and open up possibilities for your personal, artistic and professional development.

The programme provides opportunities for learners whose dance training/education has taken an unconventional route or have trained in a different style of dance or outisde of formal education, to study contemporary dance practice(s) within a conservatoire environment. Equally, the programme suits students with considerable training or professional experience who wish to re-engage with supprted learning or refresh, hone and broaden their knowledge and skills base.

Programme Content

Learning takes place in classes, workshops, lectures, seminars and tutorials and through self-directed study, including individual practice, reflection and research. You design your programme by selecting from a range of practices and perspectives across technical, creative and performance disciplines, up to a maximum of 120 UK credits:

• Contemporary Dance Technique
• Choreography
• Choreological Practice
• Devising and Performance
• Pilates for Dance
• Contemporary Jazz
• Ballet
• Movement Workshop: The Creative Body
• Movement Workshop: Dance as Performance
• Rep Extracts
• Soundscores for Dance
• The Dancing Body
• Dance Teaching: Principles and Practice
• Teaching Dance Technique
• Choreological Practice - Choreutics
• Dance Perspectives 1: History
• Dance Perspectives 2: Critical Frameworks
• Independent Investigation

See the Programme Specification on our website for more details: http://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/study/dance/professional-development/independent-study-programme


Each component you select will be assessed separately, some by coursework assessment, others by written or practical assignments. At the end of the programme, you will receive a transcript detailing the components studied and assessed, and will be awarded a Trinity Laban Independent Study Programme Certificate.


Graduates have embarked on, or re-entered professional practice in: dance performance, choreography, dance teaching and dance management.

For some, the programme provides opportunities to discover and area of specialism that they wish to pursue through further study, and graduates have progressed onto postgraduate degrees across a range of dance-related disciplines.


The Laban building is the world's largest purpose built contemporary dance centre and a leading conservatoire for contemporary dance artist training. Facilities include:

• Thirteen purpose built dance studios with the latest sprung flooring and large windows
• Laban Library and Archive
• 300-seat theatre
• Cafe and Bar

Faculty of Dance

Trinity Laban's Faculty of Dance is one of Europe's leading centres for the training of professional contemporary dance artists. Based in the RIBA-award winning Laban Building, in the heart of South East London's thriving arts community, Trinity Laban's Faculty of Dance is a creative and cosmopolitan community of performers, choreographers, teachers, designers and researchers, and is acknowledged internationally as a leader in the contemporary arts.

With one of the largest teams of specialist contemporary dance artist teachers in the world, our world class facilities include a 300 seat theatre, studio theatre and outdoor theatre, 13 purpose built dance studios and the largest dance library and archive in Europe.

We believe that contemporary dance has a vital part to play in everyone's lives. Our unique mix of energy and creativity advances the dance art form and fuels the dance world, connecting people to the exhilarating possibilities that dance offers. Our links with the professional dance world, local communities and other arts organisations ensure that an experience at Trinity Laban will be a rich and rewarding one.

How to apply: http://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/study/how-to-apply/dance-applications

Visit the Independent Study Programme (Dance) page on the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Dylan Crossman

1202.png Being a student at Trinity Laban taught me how to learn. From teachers, from fellow dancers, from all the different situations, challenges and experiences that were presented to me. I experienced hard work, compassion, creatice processes, being on stage. It created a network of amazing dance artists. I learned how to analyse movement, articulate it both physically and theoretically. I worked with a lot of established, up and coming as well as emerging choreographers. To this day, the clarity in my own body and in space comes from the Laban Movement Analysis. Trinity Laban gave me the freedom to figure out who I was and who I wanted to become as a performer and it taught me that being me is good. I still strive to be myself honestly, on stage, to this day.

(Student Profile)

Luca Silvestrini

1204.png I will always look back at my time at [Trinity] Laban as one of the most significant turning points of my life. The teachers, choreographers and fellow students I came into contact with have all played a considerable role in the development of my passion for dance and choreography into a successful career.

(Student Profile)

Rosalie Wahlfrid

1205.png Trinity Laban has offered me three very different years of training and guidance. I have been provided with a base of great knowledge and understanding of my body and mind, my own responsibility as a student and investigation into what my interests are, both as performer and dance maker. This has been essential for entering a professional environment. I have had the opportunity to work with great artists that have nurtured and inspired me to continue my journey in the profession. I have experienced freedom and been given the space to start research of my own practice whilst working alongside other dance artists.


Entry Requirements

The programme is designed for people with a variety of experiences and backgrounds and you will need to demonstrate how the programme will support your personal and professional development. Applicants are expected to have experience in a dance/performance arts related area and a level of maturity. Professional experience (not necessarily in dance), or relevant qualifications are accepted.English Language requirements: IELTS Band 5 (General English Test) or above, the Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English II (or equivalents). Certificates will need to be provided in order for your application to be fully considered.

Last Updated

31 July 2017

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