Taught course

Contemporary Dance: Performance (Apprenticeship)

London Contemporary Dance School · London Contemporary Dance School

Entry requirements

Due to Visa restrictions Apprenticeships are only open to applicants from the UK/European Union. Candidates usually have a degree in dance (or the overseas equivalent). Individual applications will be considered from candidates with a high level of professional experience, we welcome applications from imaginative artists, regardless of formal academic qualifications.


Months of entry


Course content

Students specialising in Performance are almost always full-time students and work for the whole year in a company setting (36 weeks).

The Programme

Students work as Apprentices in professional companies such as Richard Alston Dance Company, Scottish Dance Theatre, National Dance Company Wales and Motionhouse. A significant number of the professional dancers now working in these companies began their relationship through the postgraduate apprentice scheme.

All the host companies guarantee that full-time students will perform on stage with the company in professional settings. For a minimum of one term and more usually two, students have recently been placed with Maresa von Stockert, Danish Dance Theatre, BalletLORENT and James Wilton Dance.

All the Performance programmes are structured around the schedules of the companies and enable students to focus on the very specific demands of a performance career. Students will work with innovative choreographers and artists to create work and tour nationally and internationally.

Students develop their performance qualities, technical understanding and creative vocabulary whilst meeting the challenges of a professional touring schedule. There are often additional opportunities to engage in teaching and the development of creative workshops.

Performance students can choose to complete the research lab and dissertation modules alongside the performance specialism, so that the MA can be completed within 12 months.

Please check the website for an up to date list of apprentice companies.

Modules and credits

  • Postgraduate diploma (full-time apprentices) (120 credits)
    Performance module, full immersion in company work (100 credits)
    Practice-led module, chosen from the range available (20 credits)
  • MA (full-time apprentices) (180 credits)
    Performance modulem, full immersion in company work (100 credits)
    Research lab, research and academic essay (20 credits)
    Academic work is completed by correspondence, with regular feedback from the School.

  • Dissertation, wholly written (60 credits)


  • Dissertation (30) and Practice-based module (30) (60 credits)

Note: All postgraduate students who choose to progress to the MA award must pass the compulsory Research Lab Module (20 credits) prior to beginning the MA Dissertation.

London Contemporary Dance School is a founding affiliate of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama and its degrees are validated by the University of Kent.

Further information

Information for international students

Students with Tier 4 Student Visas must study full-time and complete their programmes within 16 months. Candidates whose first language is not English need to submit results from a recognised testing service. The minimum score required is IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

Postgraduate students may apply for a Fund for Excellence bursary, awarded to students on the bases of need, and the efforts they have taken to mitigate that need.

London Contemporary Dance School also offers advise on independent sources of funding, such as a career/professional development loan, grants for individuals and educational grants services.

Further information regarding funding is available on lcds.ac.uk

Useful Contact

London Contemporary Dance School Financial Aid Officer: Mark Tyler, email studentsupport@theplace.org.uk or +44 207 121 1133

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Creative work100
Research Lab20

Course contact details

Florent Trioux
+44 (0)20 7121 1111
+44 (0)20 7121 1145