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 company March 2018
BalletLORENT - the company are looking for apprentice dancers to begin work with them in March 2018 for its latest production, Rumpelstiltskin. The audition will take place in Newcastle upon Tyne on Wed 6 December 2017. As an ensemble member of the cast in this full-length production you could potentially understudy one of the lead character roles. You will be performing alongside eight professional dancers as well as a 12 strong cast of young children and older people 70+. Rehearsals will take place in Newcastle upon Tyne from early March 2018, with performances across the UK from March – May, and from August – November. Middle and large scale venues will include Sadler’s Wells, The Lowry, Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield, as well as theatres in Scotland, Wales and northern England.  Each venue has a minimum of two performances. There may be other research periods and teaching throughout the year.

Applicants must have completed undergraduate training before Feb 18.
Deadline for applications: Mon 27 November 2017
Applicants will be notified by Wed 29 November 2017 as to whether they may attend the audition. Visit the balletLORENT website for further information on this apprenticeship.

Please send a short CV (max 2 pages) and short video link of recent work, clearly identifying yourself to

Apprentice companies for 2018/19
Danish Dance Theatre
James Wilton Dance
National Dance Company Wales
Richard Alston Dance Company
Scottish Dance Theatre
Theater St Gallen

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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Applications for BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance and Postgraduate Performance (Edge & Apprenticeships) have now closed, applications will open in September 2018, for September 2019 entry.