Grounded in a culture that supports the emergent artistic voice, we offer an intensive, rigorous and creative dance education, validated by the University of Kent, that prepares you for a career in dance. At the core of the School’s ethos is the desire to drive the art form forward by working alongside professional artists and engaging with the profession.

We have exceptional teachers, many of whom are also practicing artists, international guest choreographers and opportunities to work with organisations such as: Wimbledon School of Art, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, National Centre for Circus arts, Sadler’s Wells, Victoria and Albert Museum and Central St Martins. During the beginning of the final year of study you will be able to apply for a place on the exchange programme which currently includes SUNY Purchase, New York and Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, Austria.

With around 180 students, you will be recognised as an individual and quickly become part of a community where dance makers at every level are inspiring and learning from each other.

Based at The Place in central London, you are at the centre of a hub for independent dance artists and ideally placed to explore the cultural highlights on offer in the city’s many theatres, cinemas, specialist libraries, galleries, museums, venues and markets.

We welcome imaginative, enquiring people from all backgrounds and nationalities who are interested in the endless possibilities of dance. To help you make a well-informed decision about whether it’s the right place for you, take a look around our website, watch the Virtual School for interviews with students, videos of classes and more information about the programmes.

“I used to live in a little town in the countryside, and the biggest influence as an artist was moving outside of Italy. London is an amazingly varied and diverse city. The exchange between many different cultures broadened my ideas, and I learned and developed my artistic and personal horizons.” - Elisa Mozzanica, undergraduate student 2015-17

London Contemporary Dance School is part of The Place, and a founding affiliate of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama which is a publicly funded institution which is registered with the Office for Students.

If you have any questions about the School please get in touch via email lcds@theplace.org.uk or call 020 7121 1111