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MA Dance Performance (Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Jazz Dance, Musical Theatre)

COURSE INFORMATION

This one-year (12-month) postgraduate programme of study leads to a Masters degree that provides for the development of specialist skills in classical ballet, contemporary dance, jazz dance or musical theatre.

The programme is aimed at dance graduates who would benefit a further year of specialist education and study to develop and refine technique, gain a greater understanding of performance, and develop research and analytical skills. Applicants must demonstrate the skills and aptitudes necessary to work in a 'professional' context, as the course aims to provide aspirant performers with relevant experience and a portfolio of performance work, so that on graduation they can audition successfully for professional companies.

Students join one of LSC’s four performing companies Images Ballet Company, INTOTO Dance, Jazz Co. or Seedtime (musical theatre Company), working with industry professionals to create a full-length production that is performed at major London venues and across the UK.

Each company is engaged with established professionals in its chosen field as well emerging new talent, furnishing students with invaluable connections as they progress into their professional careers. It acts as a bridge to a professional future. The programme is designed to help students explore and inform themselves about performance opportunities and shape their own professional futures. The programme will offer a nuanced and contextualised understanding of the dynamics that shape career development for graduates, whether as independent dance artists or as employees within a company structure.

The theoretical components culminate in a dissertation born out of a creative and critical enquiry that will require independent research supported by a seminar programme and individual tutorials.

This programme is subject to validation by Middlesex University.

Entry Requirements:
This postgraduate one-year programme of study leads to a Masters degree for students with a first degree in dance or performance or equivalent professional experience.

Career Opportunities:
The programme prepares students for diverse careers in the performing arts. Recent graduates from London Studio Centre are working successfully in a wide range of professional dance companies across the world, in musical theatre productions in the West End, Broadway and touring, on film and television. Other graduates are pursuing careers in acting, producing, directing, choreographing, writing, teaching and management in the UK and overseas, with a range of dance companies and performing arts organisations.

TIMETABLE

This intensive 12-month programme starting in September provides a demanding year of approximately 30 contact hours a week. The training focuses on strengthening the relevant skill sets within a particular genre, which leads to an intensive rehearsal period and company tour (normally June), followed by the opportunity to complete a dissertation project.

Full-time study mode only.

FEES

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Student Finance is available for eligible students.

Please note Overseas students rate, those students are subject to UKVI requirements.

DATES

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12-month programme running from the end of September to the beginning of September annually.

APPLICATION FORM

Apply here for September 2020 entry onto the MA Dance Performance Programme. Admission onto the programme is by audition and interview.

Commercial Dance Summer Intensive

COURSE INFORMATION

LSC’s Commercial Dance Summer Intensive is back at London Studio Centre for its 2nd year! It promises to be another fantastic week with an incredibly strong line up of tutors. For anyone wanting to better themselves and push their careers forward in the commercial dance industry, this course is for YOU!

It will be an intensive week of training and industry knowledge with some of the top choreographers and creative directors this country has to offer.

You will also get the chance to create your own material within a small group setting, which will then be professionally filmed so you’ll be able to use it for showreels, social media posts and general self promotion etc.

SAMPLE TIMETABLE

Sample timetables will be published here as soon as they are available.

FEES

£215 Early Bird Price (offer ends 31st May 2020)

£245 Full Price

DATES

Monday 10th - Friday 14th August 2020, 9.30am-4.30pm

APPLICATION FORM

Commercial Dance Summer Intensive Application Form

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BA (Hons) Theatre Dance: First Year

The first year of the three-year degree course comprises a broad range of core training. Classical ballet, contemporary dance and jazz theatre dance are taught intensively throughout the first year, providing a secure base of skills from which students build to a professional level of dance practice. Students interested in pursuing music theatre are able to take drama and singing classes, while our Pilates-based IPD classes benefit those heading towards ballet and contemporary dance specialisations later in the course.

Class contact time is approximately 23 hours of practical training in group classes, supported by approximately 5 hours of theory with introductory lectures in anatomy, dance history and culture, providing essential knowledge of the development of dance as a theatre art. Beyond this, students are expected to take on regular individual rehearsal, prepare material for singing and drama classes, read extensively around their subject and complete written assessments.

“I had the best three years of my life at London Studio Centre. I grew as a performer and as a person, and the team were with me every step of the way!” - Sophia Ragavelas, LSC graduate and West End performer. Credits include Éponine in Les Misérables (West End), Grizabella in Cats (UK tour) and Sophie in Mamma Mia (West End).

BA (Hons) Theatre Dance: YEAR 1
LEVEL 4

M401
Foundation Studies in Dance Practice

 
Daily/weekly classes in:
Ballet
Contemporary Dance
Jazz Dance
Partnering: Classical Pas de Deux and Social Dance
Dance Science

M402
Focused Performance Practice

 
Ballet
 
Specialist Techniques:
Pointe Work
Male Virtuosity
 
Specialist Repertoire:
Classical Ballet Repertoire (corps de ballet/ solos)
Contemporary
 
Specialist Techniques:
Contact Improvisation
Cunningham-based Technique
 
Specialist Repertoire:
Contemporary Dance Repertoire
Jazz
 
Specialist Techniques:
Jazz Dance Technique
Tap Dance
Hip-Hop and associated styles
Singing Techniques
 
Specialist Repertoire:
Jazz Dance Repertoire
Music Theatre
 
Specialist Techniques:
Acting
Singing Technique
Singing Repertoire
 
Specialist Repertoire:
Music Theatre Repertoire

M403
Skills for Versatility

Students select 1 subject per term
Acting for Dancers
Singing Technique
Singing Repertoire
Music Theatre Jazz Dance
Pointe Work
Cunningham-Based Technique
Hip-Hop and associated styles
Tap Dance

M404
Creative and Critical Approaches to Dance

 
Choreography
Dance History and Culture
Dance Criticism
Study Skills

BA (Hons) Theatre Dance: Second Year

The second year builds on core skills developed in the first year to enable students to reach professional levels of technique; the second year is characterised by an increased number of choices in the core programme in preparation for the final year. A variety of performance opportunities, such as Design for Dance – a joint project devised with Central St Martins – are also available to second-year students.

Theory work focuses on the influence of the emergence of modernism, contemporary dance, the emergence of the stage and screen musical and theories of popular culture. This year also offers the continued study of repertoire and choreography, with an increased focus on contemporary media including dance on film.

“I have worked with many students from London Studio Centre as a teacher, choreographer and employer. I have always found them dedicated, versatile and above all professional in their approach to my work. They are some of the most talented dance artists I have had the pleasure to work with” – Kate Prince, Artistic Director of ZooNation Dance Company

BA (Hons) Theatre Dance: YEAR 2
LEVEL 5

M501
Professional Dance Practice
Core training in dance

 
Daily/weekly classes in:
Ballet
Contemporary Dance
Jazz Dance

M502
Specialist Performance Practice

 
Classical Ballet
 
Specialist Techniques:
Pointe Work
Male Virtuosity
Partnering
Classical Solos
 
Specialist Repertoire:
Classical Ballet Repertoire (corps de ballet/ solos)
Contemporary Dance
 
Specialist Techniques:
Cunningham-based Technique
Contact Improvisation
Release Techniques
 
Specialist Repertoire:
Contemporary Dance Repertoire
Jazz Dance
 
Specialist Techniques:
Jazz Dance Technique
Hip-Hop and associated styles
Music Theatre Dance including singing
 
Specialist Repertoire:
Jazz Dance Repertoire
Music Theatre
 
Specialist Techniques:
Acting
Singing
Dance for Music Theatre
 
Specialist Repertoire:
Music Theatre Repertoire

M503
Personal and Professional Development

Students select 2 subjects per term
Acting for Dancers
Singing Technique
Singing Repertoire
Music Theatre Jazz Dance
Lyrical Jazz
Tap Dance
Choreography
Pointe Work
Classical Virtuosity
Cunningham-Based Technique
Contact Improvisation
Hip-Hop and associated styles
Pilates-Based body conditioning
 

M504
Crossing Borders and Collaborative Approaches to Dance

 
Dance Criticism
Dance/Music Theatre History and Culture
Performance Theory
Collaborative Creative Project including Choreography, Dance on Screen or Stage

BA (Hons) Theatre Dance: Third Year

The final year represents the culmination of practice and theory. Practice is characterised by learning through doing, in an apprenticeship model through which students gain invaluable performing experience in either classical ballet, contemporary dance, jazz dance or music theatre. Performing in professional venues, each company – Images of Dance, INTOTO Dance, The Jazz Dance Company and Seedtime – tour the UK with a full evening show, concluding with a London performance.

Students hone specific skills and gain crucial experience, participating in a production from the creation of material, through a rehearsal period and into public performances. They work with leading directors, choreographers, technicians, costume designers, stage managers and musical directors, providing an invaluable insight into the day-to-day life, challenges and necessary stamina of a professional performer. Each company is engaged with established professionals in its chosen field as well emerging new talent, furnishing students with invaluable connections as they progress into their professional careers – a bridge to a professional future.

Within the third year students also complete either a written dissertation, comprising independent research on a topic of the student’s choice, or a video or live performance of a choreographic project, as well as a journal documenting its conception, development and final presentation. Students thereby gain vital practical experience in using their individual creativity and analytical skills to produce a piece of original work.

Alongside this, continuing contextual studies focus on current debates in dance practice, including the influence of post-modernism, interdisciplinarity and the digital age; these enrich their performance and dissertation work and ensure students are engaged with current, relevant discussions about the industry as they graduate into professional careers.

“The course at LSC is not only physically demanding, but intellectually challenging too. The academic side of the course really helped me develop a critical eye for performance, and made me hone the way I perceive and critique dance work. I think this has given me a deeper appreciation of the work that I do” – Edd Mitton, LSC graduate and founder of EDDance. Credits include Swan Lake (Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures), Yorke Dance Project, and Cabaret (West End).

Click the links below to find out more about the four specialist performing companies for third year students:

BA (Hons) Theatre Dance: YEAR 3
LEVEL 6
Module Classical Ballet Pathway Contemporary Dance Pathway Jazz Dance Pathway Music Theatre Pathway
M601
The Professional Practitioner
Technique based module, including:
 
Classical Ballet
Partnering
Pointe Work
Male Virtuosity &
Contemporary Dance Repertoire
Technique based module, including:
 
Ballet
Graham-based Technique
Cunningham-based Technique
Release Technique &
Contact Technique
Technique based module, including:
 
Ballet
Jazz Dance Technique
Singing
Tap Dance &
Hip-Hop and associated styles
Technique based module, including:
 
Ballet
Dance for Music Theatre
Singing
Harmonies &
Acting
M602
Creation, Performance and Production
 
Images Ballet Company INTOTO Dance Jazz Dance Company Seedtime

M603
Employability in Practice

 
Development of students individual professional goals with Careers Guidance sessons such as:
 
Audition Practice,
Research and Development Techniques,
Promotion,
Self-management and Professional Representation,
Entrepreneurial Skills and Project Development
Dance Facilitation &
Community Dance Practice,
Project Leadership,
Funding and Management,
Continuous Professional Development,
Financial Management.

M604
Research and Critical Practice

 
Research Methods for Dance Criticism
Written or Practice-based Dissertation