About

London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS) is a world-leader in dance higher education and a key part of The Place - the creative powerhouse for dance in central London. LCDS champions new ideas, embraces artistic innovation and enables extraordinary experiences for dance artists to realise their full potential. The School offers intensive technical and creative dance courses in Higher Education at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The courses prepare emerging dance artists for a portfolio career in dance and the creative industries and are validated by University of the Arts London. With a student-centred focus, sustainable dance practice is at the core of the programmes, with a holistic emphasis on student physical and psychological wellbeing shaped by ground-breaking research. The Place’s unique history as a pioneering dance organisation, combined with an ecology of education, creation, performance, production and touring is without parallel.    

We have a vibrant and diverse student body of around 250 students, where you are recognised as an individual and join a community of makers, leaders, educators, and performers.

Our experienced and internationally renowned teachers inspire and encourage you to develop as a well-rounded, creative dance artist. You collaborate with a range of international guest artists and have the opportunity 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.

Based at The Place, you are part of a cultural hub; home to production house making and touring new work, a 280 seat professional theatre, an extensive list of classes, courses and participatory opportunities for adults and young people, and professional development programmes for artists. This creative and lively environment presents opportunities for collaboration, networking, and growth.

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