12 Hours of Dance at Trinity Laban

danceheAs 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

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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!

Local bars and clubs such as Oliver’s Jazz Bar, The Venue, The Amersham Arms, The Job Centre and Wetherspoons are all popular choices amongst music and dance students alike.

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.







12 Hours of Musical Theatre at Trinity Laban

dressing room door_1440x800As a Musical Theatre student at Trinity Laban, each day is full of opportunities to experience life as a performer in the vibrant UK capital.

This blog post will take you on a walk – starting at our main training site for Musical Theatre in South East London – through some of the activities our students typically get up to.

8.00 – Rise and Shine

southeaststudentsAs daylight rises over the city, grab a coffee from Arapina Bakery next to the McMillan Student Village and start making your way to class. Laurie Grove, our main base for Musical Theatre students, is a short journey from McMillan in the nearby vibrant New Cross.

8.30 – Welcome to Laurie Grove

tk_18419_692To start the day, it’s time to head to the studio and warm up. The halls are filled by the comforting sound of your classmates singing a few scales; there’s rarely a quiet moment around here!

10.00 – And all…that…jazz!

tk_18419_912_1440x800It’s time to fasten your dancing shoes for the first class of the day – Jazz.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a dance background – our students have a range of strengths and abilities in singing, dance and acting. By the end of your first year our supportive teaching staff will have you leaping, kicking and pirouetting your way on to the stage.

Our teachers are so fantastic that many are nominated for awards. Take for example Dollie Henry, who appeared in the Best Teacher of Performing Arts category in the Black British Theatre Awards this year.

11.00 – Fred Astaire who?

tk_18419_671Next up you have a Tap class. During your time here you will learn a range of dance styles to prepare you for a long and varied career. By the end of your third year at Trinity Laban, who knows, maybe you’ll be giving Astaire himself a run for his money!

12.30 – Lunch time

coffeeTap your way to lunch in South East London. Here are some hangouts our student love.

14.00 – Rehearsal for next big show

Legally Blonde_19_TK_Cast 2_4284After lunch it’s time to head back to Laurie Grove for rehearsals and workshops.

Rehearsals for shows allow you to experience all aspects of life as a performer. From long hours in the studio practising lines to working with our specialist costume department in the run up to the big night, we will prepare you for your future career.

You will take part in a number of productions throughout your training, such as this summer’s Legally Blonde which received rave reviews from critics.

15.30 – Masterclasses and workshops

tk_18419_238Give a warm welcome to Duncan Walsh Atkins of BBC Radio 4 fame.

The musical theatre maestro recently delivered a lesson to our students, which formed part of this year’s exciting schedule of guest masterclasses and workshops. These sessions enrich your training and give you new insights into the industry.

17.00 – Get to know all of Trinity Laban

TrinityLaban-junosnowdon-photography-72dpi50%-3679Whilst Laurie Grove will be your main base, you will also have some classes at the Faculty of Dance in Deptford and the Faculty of Music in Greenwich, meaning you get a truly diverse experience of Trinity Laban.

For example, each week you will make your way to the picturesque Old Royal Naval College for a one-to-one singing lesson with one of our renowned vocal staff.

18.00 – On the way to the theatre

crazy_for_you_rehearsal_18_lc_crazyforyou-50_1440x800You will perform in a range of professional venues throughout your training, from our very own Blackheath Halls to central London locations.

This time you are off to London’s West End for an agent showcase. This is your opportunity to show off your skills in front of casting agents.

19.30 – Hair, makeup, lights

tk_18419_395Back stage, you can tell it’s a full house from the sound of the audience eagerly chatting away. They swiftly quieten as the curtain goes up, announcing the start of the show. It’s time to take to the stage!

21.30 – Curtain down

MT_3rd_year_showcase_19_LC_170The crowd is roaring as you make your curtain call. In the front row you spot Head of Musical Theatre Vicki Stretton, who then meets you backstage to congratulate you and your classmates on another successful year.

22.00 – Time to unwind

Join your friends at one of Soho’s lively bars to toast a successful performance. Or with a matinee coming up tomorrow afternoon, you might prefer to head home for a good night’s sleep.

Submit your application for one of our Musical Theatre programmes on UCAS Conservatoires by WED 15 JAN, and this could be your life in September next year. Here are some handy hints and tips on writing the personal statement section.

In the meantime, register for our Musical Theatre Open Day taking place on FRI 13 DEC 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.