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. Professional Studies equips students with the tools they need to navigate industry and position themselves. Through a range of guest and in-house lectures, students are introduced to roles within the arts, from producing, through a portfolio career to admin. In making the transition from school to practice, this module helps students to develop communication skills, a focus that feeds into the development of their Negotiated Projects in final year. Professional Studies enables students to understand how their evolving dance practice connects to practical activities, from funding applications through to auditioning and CV building. This module provides an artist toolkit and professional context for future work