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Postgraduate Diploma Community Dance

Course Description

This unique vocational programme is for anyone wanting to work as a dance practitioner in community settings. It supports your development as a dance artist with practical knowledge and skills, and an understanding of dance as a socially-relevant, inclusive practice.

Visit the website: http://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/study/dance/postgraduate-programmes/postgraduate-diploma-community-dance

Course detail

Trinity Laban is the only institution where intensive, conservatoire-level art form training sits alongside applied study in community dance. The programme has four key strands:

• Artistic development. Progress your dance skills and artistic practice in a world-class conservatoire with first-class teachers and facilities

• Dance leadership and teaching. Develop knowledge and skills for working with different kinds of groups. Learn from some of the UK’s leading community dance practitioners and work with Trinity Laban’s renowned Learning and Participation programme.

• Understanding community dance. Context-specific study explores the values and principles of community dance, how it happens, and its impact on individuals and communities. Learn about planning and delivering projects, and the networks and agencies that support community dance provision.

• Professional practice. Encounters with practising artists and their work - supported by our partnerships with some of the UK’s leading professional organisations - facilitates your understanding of how the profession operates, as well as providing valuable contacts and work experience.


The Postgraduate Diploma Community Dance attracts people from a diversity of backgrounds who have a common interest in dance as a creative, participatory artform and a desire to work beyond the traditional contexts of dance making and performance. We encourage applications from:

• Dance/performing arts graduates who have pursued teaching/education/community as a strand of study and want to continue this as a specialism at postgraduate level

• Graduates of non-arts subjects who have a dance background and interest/experience in participatory arts/ teaching/community work

• Individuals with traditional dance training wanting to extend their practice beyond performance and creation towards teaching and participatory practice

• Experienced professionals from dance/other sectors looking to broaden their skills and knowledge and enter new areas of professional practice

Career progression

The Programme prepares students for a breadth of possibilities and our graduates work in a variety of settings as dance artists, facilitators, teachers and artistic leaders, or go on to further study in related disciplines. The vocational focus of the Programme ensures that it continues to support graduate practitioners into the profession on an employed or independent basis.


• Thirteen purpose built dance studios with the latest sprung flooring and large windows
• Laban Library and Archive
• Laban Theatre
• Bonnie Bird Theatre
• Cafe and Bar


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 Postgraduate Diploma Community Dance page on the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in an appropriate and related subject, or an overseas award of equivalent standard, and/or Relevant prior experience or professional employment in dance, teaching or community work. English Language competency requirements also apply: Minimum IELTS Band 7, TCL Integrated Skills in English III, or Pearson Test of English (minimum score of 67).

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