LSC is proud to announce its new MA Dance Producing & Management
- Published: Friday, 11 May 2018 12:13
Preparing a new generation of creative producers for dance.
London Studio Centre is thrilled to announce the launch of its new Masters in Dance Producing and Management! This unique MA will start in October 2019, subject to validation by Middlesex University.
Designed for professional performers from all genres of dance looking to transition in their careers, the programme envisions the dance producer as a driving force to develop and shape the performing arts industry. Learning from industry professionals, small and select cohorts will be equipped to take advantage of commercial and artistic opportunities and tackle complex challenges. Placements within dance and theatre organisations will develop their knowledge and skills in creating, producing, engaging audiences, marketing, business, finance and management. A strong emphasis on work-based learning through placements and projects will enable students to put their knowledge and skills into practice while building networks in the industry.
The industry needs creative, entrepreneurial producers experienced in dance to help identify, communicate and realise strong artistic concepts through collaboration with authentic leadership. Course consultant Farooq Chaudhry, producer of Akram Khan Company, can’t wait to get going with the programme: “The demand for dance producers in the industry has never been greater. London Studio Centre is addressing an urgent need to train skilled dance producers, who can work as a catalyst to create new opportunities and respond to growing artistic ambition in the performing arts industry. I look forward to a close collaboration on this much needed and exciting MA programme, mentoring these students through workshops, projects and placements.”
LCS’s ethos has always been to value all forms of dance as equal, and to nurture the creative potential of working across all genres. The programme was initially developed in collaboration with 25 industry partners, who represent the best of the artistic vibrancy of dance today, which has resulted in an ever growing pool of prospective placement providers from all areas of the field. This includes dance companies, independent dance artists,, producers, and choreographers who work in a range of genres including ballet, contemporary dance, hip hop, music theatre, film and television.
“When I started working as a producer, I had to learn the role on the job. The highly pressurised environment of the current industry means that new dance producers often don’t have that same luxury to learn from mistakes. Getting to grips with how the producing side of the industry works and having an opportunity to learn in a placement setting will give the students on this programme a real advantage in the industry.”
- Chantal Spiteri, LSC Alumna and Executive Producer of ZooNation
“Producing and management is often seen as a natural progression for dancers and choreographers, and many skills that artists gain over the course of their performing career are transferable: being highly motivated, working as part of a larger a team and excellent attention to detail to name a few. Too often dancers move into these new administrative roles without enough training and support. Ballet Black is keen to help develop students on this MA through opportunities for shadowing and work placements so that professional dancers moving into a different phase of their career can feel confident in their new responsibilities and bring their wealth of knowledge of the arts into management.”
- Cassa Pancho MBE, Founder & Artistic Director of Ballet Black
"London Studio Centre has strong connections to the performing arts industry and a longstanding commitment to developing performances of the highest standard with its students. It is good to see the College share these assets with a new generation of postgraduate students in Dance Producing and Management."
- Anthony Van Laast, Choreographer
Based in artsdepot students will have access to two professional theatre spaces in which they can produce and stage work.