As the name suggests, Contextual Studies puts contemporary dance in context. It introduces students to interdisciplinary debates from areas such as art theory, philosophy, cultural studies, and history, and considers contemporary dance within a broader cultural landscape. This gives students the skills to interpret dance and reflect critically on their studio-based practices. It incorporates study of design, music, and choreology. In summary, it helps to prepare students to become well-rounded thinking dance artists while also encouraging them to find their own independent voices – their own ways of thinking about and developing dance. During their time at LCDS, students will be thinking ahead to professional life, developing a range of transferable skills needed to thrive as an independent dance artist within a portfolio career. Students are equipped with the tools they need to navigate industry and position themselves. They are introduced to roles within the arts and the basic skills associated with those careers, from producing, through teaching and community practice, to administration.