As an undergraduate Contemporary Dance student at Trinity Laban, every day is full of opportunities to experience life as a dance artist in the UK’s capital. You will develop your technique while being challenged to explore your own creativity by taking risks, experimenting and pushing conventions aside.
In this blog we take you on a walk through the Laban Building to find out about just a few of the things you might get up to during a day at Trinity Laban…
8.30 Warm up for the day with a morning class
As the daylight rises over the city, you’re likely to be getting ready for the day with a technique class in Ballet or Contemporary Dance, led by one of our inspirational teaching staff. It’s a time to wake up the senses, stretch those muscles and move your body in preparation for a full day of creativity.
Who wouldn’t want to start the day in a studio like this?
10.45 Recreate a historical piece of dance
A highlight for many, second year brings with it the ‘Historical Project’, in which students spend the summer term working on re-staging historical repertoire.
This is an opportunity to work with external directors and choreographers and push your performance skills to the next level. Past students have taken on works by renowned choreographers such as Wayne McGregor, Lea Anderson, Matthew Bourne and Rudolf Laban.
Alum Jordan Lee Pirrie commented…
“My favourite performance experience has definitely been the second year Historical Project module. Over three weeks we recreated Wayne McGregor’s Polar Sequences and performed it at the Laban Theatre. It was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had in my life.”
Find out more about Dance performance opportunities.
12.00 Get a taste of life as a professional dance artist
In your third year you will work with professional dance artists to create brand-new pieces of choreography in the ‘commissioned works’ module. This is an opportunity to experience what it’s like to be part of a professional touring company and you will have the chance to perform the works at schools and colleges around the UK.
14.30 Experiment with collaboration
Start the afternoon in true Trinity Laban style by collaborating with instrumentalists, singers, composers or musical theatre performers from the Faculty of Music.
For two weeks each year, our CoLab festival provides you with a place to take risks, be creative and experiment. This is your opportunity to revolutionise the performing arts with projects that build relationships across genres, disciplines and cultures.
You could be starring in a cabaret, dancing alongside students from Taiwan and Korea, creating choreography to the words of the famous poet Keats, or busting groovy moves inspired by the music of South Africa.
16.00 Your body is your instrument
Full-time training can be challenging for your body. Trinity Laban Health offers a range of healthcare services as well as supplementary fitness classes such as Pilates, Yoga and HIIT, which are designed to keep your body strong and healthy.
The Dance Science team also carry out fitness tests on BA1 Contemporary Dance students, which are used to create individualised goals and track progress throughout your training. Check out our Dance Science Instagram highlight to get an inside look!
18.00 It’s not all tights and dancing shoes
Alongside your physical training, you will have access to the Laban Library & Archive to help you develop your theoretical knowledge. As the UK’s largest open-access specialist dance collection, the library is the perfect place to bury your head in a book and learn more about the science and history behind contemporary dance.
This could be where you write a ground-breaking new piece of research, get stuck into your first undergraduate dissertation or learn more about the history of the artists and innovators who inspired you to pursue a career in dance.
19.30 Experience a live performance
What better way to get inspiration for your studies than seeing a live performance?
As well as being used for student performances, the incredible Laban Theatre hosts a wide range of events and shows throughout the year. This Autumn we welcomed renowned companies including BalletBoyz, Rosie Kay Dance Company (pictured above) and Deaf Men Dancing as well as hosting the first ever London International Screen Dance Festival.
But it doesn’t stop there… our varied programme of performances and events includes a range of music events which we encourage all students to experience. From full-scale orchestral performances to intimate and experimental chamber shows, why not try something new?
See What’s On this season
21.00 Time to unwind
It’s true what they say, London life is busy. The end of the day is a chance to unwind and relax. This could be at home with a good book or a riveting Netflix series… or maybe it’s the weekend and you fancy heading out for even more dancing!
Check out our student’s favourite South East London hangouts for more inspiration on what to do on the weekend.
Submit your application for one of our undergraduate dance programmes on UCAS Conservatoires by WED 15 JAN, and this could be your life in September next year! Here’s some handy hints and tips on writing the personal statement section.
In the meantime, register for our Undergraduate Dance Open Days on the 12, 19 & 26 NOV to gain further insight into student life at Trinity Laban. This is your opportunity to chat with current students and staff, learn more about our programmes, tour our facilities and take part in music and acting workshops.