Final project, Zosia Jo Dowmunt. Credit: Grace Gelder.


The MA/MFA Creative Practice at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance allows the experienced, creative individual to develop and promote their voice in a supportive environment and tailor their experience towards their interests and career intentions.

The Dance Professional Practice pathway is run by Independent Dance and Siobhan Davies Dance with Trinity Laban.

The Dance Professional Practice programme provides a rigorous and investigative learning and research opportunity to support professional dance artists in the further development of their artistic practice within an expert environment of intellectual and creative inquiry.

Study supports mid-career artists to reflect upon their body of professional experience and its role in their ongoing learning, to engage in intensive studio-based learning experiences with significant artists and a skilled peer group, to deepen their own practice as performers/makers, develop their understanding of a range of research methodologies within the arts, and to pursue their own area of artistic interest through substantial independent research.

The programme advocates a broad definition of dance in dialogue with a wider artistic and cultural context, and embraces a diversity of forms and contexts as emerging through thinking about dance and its practice. It promotes a fluid and productive exchange between theoretical ideas and artistic practice, seeing new ideas and knowledge as emerging through practice and enabling theoretical ideas within and beyond dance to be investigated through movement practice. These aims are reinforced by the Programme’s association with the practice, activity and resource of both Independent Dance and Siobhan Davies Dance.

Gill Clarke Bursary

Prospective students in need of financial support can apply for a Gill Clarke Bursary, offered by Independent Dance and Siobhan Davies Dance through the support of the Leverhulme Trust. The deadline for bursary applications for 2020/21 entry is Monday 22 June 2020, 5pm.

In order to be eligible for the bursary, you must already be accepted onto the course. Prospective students intending to apply for the Gill Clarke Bursary should make an application to MA/MFA Creative Practice: Dance Professional Practice Pathway by Monday 15 June 2020, 5pm.

Find out more

Make an application

For more information and to apply online visit the Trinity Laban website here.

To discuss the opportunity further contact ID Co-Director Henrietta Hale.

What some of our students have said

“It was, without doubt, the most beneficial professional educative programme of study that I have undertaken in my professional/academic career to date. I feel that Embodied Practice has laid foundations that will serve the rest of my career progression and academic life.”

“I looked for years to find an MA program like this. This program fosters a somatic approach to movement and supports practicing artists to continue with their own path of inquiry. The teachers, environment and tutoring offered is outstanding. These conditions for learning have allowed me to stretch beyond what I thought was imaginable. I am now better able to articulate my ideas within my practice and place those ideas in a broader context.”