Postgraduate apprenticeships develop students’ skills as performers through placements with well-established professional companies. Apprentices work with the host company and always perform on stage with them in professional settings as part of the programme. Students specialising in Performance are almost always full-time students and work for the whole year in a company setting (36 weeks).

This programme is structured around the needs of the companies and enables students to focus on the very specific demands of a performance career.

Please note: due to Visa restrictions set by UK Visas and Immigration it is not possible for us to place students from overseas (outside the EU) with host companies for apprenticeships. Therefore the apprentice programme is open only to applicants from the UK/European Union.

Host companies who have worked alongside LCDS to deliver the Apprentice programme include BalletLORENT, Bern Ballet, Danish Dance Theatre, Henri Oguike, Hofesh Shechter, James Wilton Dance, Jasmin Vardimon, Maresa von Stockert, Motionhouse, National Dance Company Wales, Rambert Dance Company, Richard Alston Dance Company, Scottish Dance Theatre and Tavaziva Dance.

Apprentice companies for 2017/18
Danish Dance Theatre
James Wilton Dance
Jasmin Vardimon Company
National Dance Company Wales
Richard Alston Dance Company
Scottish Dance Theatre
Theater St Gallen

Ballet Lorent
Part-time apprenticeships are available with balletLORENT to join a cast of professional dancers and cross generational community members for a new production of Rumpelstiltskin from February 2017 - May 2018. Apprentices would spend a maximum of 36 weeks with balletLORENT, with accompanying modules of study at London Contmeporary Dance School. This would suit applicants with a particular interest in developing teaching practice, and working with community members. Auditions will be held at Dance City, Newcastle upon Tyne on Tue 6 December 2016. To apply please send a short CV (max 2 pages) and short video link of recent performance work, clearly identifying yourself to by Tuesday 29 November, 12pm (noon). Applicants will be notified by Fri 2 December if they are invited to audition. 

Maresa von Stockert (Tilted Productions)
One or two apprenticeships will be available from Spring/Summer 2017.

Full-time Apprentices for the award PGDip (120 credits)
Performance Module. Full immersion in company work (100 credits)
Practice-led module. Chosen from the range available (20 credits)

Full-time Apprentices for the award MA (180 credits)
Performance Module. 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.

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