Join a global community of learners working locally for social justice. The brand new ‘MA Dance: Participation, Communities, Activism’ at London Contemporary Dance School is for students who want to develop a socially engaged dance practice which addresses the urgencies of our times.

Where: Online with 2 in-person residencies at The Place, London

When: September 2023 | 1 year (Full Time) or 2 years (Part Time)

Deadline for applications: 30 June 2023

The brand new ‘MA Dance: Participation, Communities, Activism’ at London Contemporary Dance School is for students who want to develop a socially engaged dance practice which addresses the urgencies of our times. If you are interested in working with movement and dance to contribute to the creation of sustainable social structures, to support individuals and communities, to rehearse and perform collective actions and to challenge systemic inequity, this is the course for you.

You may already have a participatory/community/activist dance practice which you want to develop or perhaps you work in education, a social field or for an NGO and have gathered experiences with movement and dance which you want to expand. This course is taught mostly online to allow you to remain embedded in the communities with whom you work, while exchanging in a global network of teachers, artists, researchers and peers.

With this programme you will:

Develop your artistic approach to dance including its social, ethical, activist, aesthetic and pedagogical dimensions

Receive support in your development working for the advancement of social justice across the fields of community and participatory dance and activism

Encounter, interrogate, and negotiate systemic contexts, activating dance as a methodology for change

Locate your practice in historical and contemporary discourses around socially engaged arts practices

Develop appropriate skills and knowledges to lead safe, creative, accessible, ethical and enquiring dance projects in a variety of settings

Develop advocacy skills and activist values to influence the contexts in which you work

Analyse and reflect upon the efficacy of your practice and its relationship with the communities of practice in which it is embedded

There will be TWO 2-week residencies based at The Place. The rest of the course will be delivered online through tutor-led seminars, lectures, discussions, creative collaborations and exchanges. This MA is designed to be delivered online-first to emphasize the importance of remaining embedded within one’s community through the course of the programme and make it globally accessible.

Fees (Full Time)
UK Home Fee: £9,350
Overseas Fee: £20,950

Fees (Part Time)
UK Home Fee Year 1: £5000
UK Home Fee Year 2: £4350

Overseas Fee Year 1: £10,950
Overseas Fee Year 2: £10,000

Find out more about our financial support and funding opportunities for your studies here: https://theplace.org.uk/study/fees-and-funding

How to apply: You are required to complete our online application form where you input details about yourself, your educational and employment history, a video submission (which acts as your portfolio of work) and a personal statement about why you want to join MA Dance: Participation, Communities, Activism. (Find out more and apply here: theplace.org.uk/madancepca)

You will then be contacted by our Admissions Team who will let you know if you have been invited to a one-to-one interview with us. This can be hosted online or in-person, depending on your location and availability. We ask you to evaluate and critically reflect on your portfolio, and the application of your practice to future developments.

After the interview, please allow up to 2 weeks to hear an outcome from our Admissions Team.

Contact details:
For any queries, please contact the LCDS applications team at lcds@theplace.org.uk
You can also contact the course leader, Jo Parkes at jo.parkes@theplace.org.uk

For further information on Postgraduate Studies at LCDS, please visit: theplace.org.uk/postgraduate

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