Performance Pathway: EDGE Dance Company

EDGE Dance Company 

EDGE is the unique postgraduate performance company of London Contemporary Dance School, based at The Place in central London. 

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The EDGE Dance Companies 2021 commissioned choreographers are Malik Nashad Sharpe (marikiscrycrycry), Holly Blakey and Lea Tirabasso. Find out more here

"LCDS continues to produce fine, disciplined performers that can deftly and successfully move from one dance style to another" - Dancing Times review of EDGE 

In ten months of intensive creativity and exploration, as a member of EDGE you will experience:

  • the chance to create, develop, rehearse, teach, collaborate, produce and perform
  • four months of touring throughout the UK and Europe performing new creations and existing repertoire
  • the chance to create new work with inspiring and stimulating choreographers from a wide range of backgrounds 
  • exchange opportunities with other postgraduate companies such as Transitions (Laban), Verve (Northern School of Contemporary Dance), JV2, mapdance (University of Chichester) and BODHI PROJECT, (SEAD, Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance).
  • the opportunity to create new work on the company with a resulting performance in a large scale venue in Portugal
  • valuable teaching opportunities
  • constant engagement with a wealth of professional artists at The Place, to aid your transition into the professional dance world


EDGE offers an extensive and intensive range of touring experience. Your performance skills will benefit from dancing on stages of different shapes and sizes, in front of a variety of audiences (some very dance-savvy and some new to dance) and all of the demands a long tour requires.

Intensive creative periods

As well as learning existing repertory from established choreographers, you will work with choreographers from a wide variety of backgrounds to create new pieces. This offers you the chance to explore different ways of working and gain a deeper understanding of different styles of dance.

Professional networking opportunities  

You’ll get the chance to meet a whole host of other dancers, choreographers, producers, programmers, directors and designers, providing a potential to open up new opportunities and possibilities. You will also be able to forge a close working relationship with Jeanne Yasko, Artistic Director of EDGE, and benefit from her wealth of knowledge and experience as a dancer, teacher, rehearsal director, choreographer and founder of Norrdans, Sweden.

Choreographic opportunities

EDGE company dancers interested in creating choreographic work may submit a proposal to make a new piece for the company. Those selected will have support with costume and lighting, as well as guidance from the Artistic Director. The works will then be performed in a full evening’s performance at Parque da Devesa, in collaboration with Casa das Artes, in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal as part of a 12-day performance and teaching residency.

Teaching Experience

Throughout the tour, EDGE dancers have the opportunity to teach workshops at schools, colleges and performance venues. As part of the Portugal residency, you’ll work in teams to teach and develop new works with 150 young people aged 3 - 25 years, from the region. This collaborative experience between the company, community and theatre will enable you to develop your choreographic, teaching and producing skills in preparation for professional life.

Modules and credits

EDGE for the award Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) (120 credits)
Performance Module: full immersion in company work (100 credits)
Practice-led Module: chosen from the range available (20 credits)

EDGE for the award Masters Degree (MA) (180 credits)
Performance Module: full immersion in company work (100 credits)
Research Lab: research and academic essay (20 credits)*
Dissertation: wholly written (60 credits)
Dissertation (30) and Practice-based module (30) (60 credits)

* All postgraduate students who choose the MA must pass the compulsory Research Lab Module (20 credits) prior to beginning the MA Dissertation.

Take a look at the MA Contemporary Dance (Performance Pathway) Course Summary here.