London Contemporary Dance School

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London Contemporary Dance School
London Contemporary Dance School logo.jpg
Established 1966
(Foundation)
1982
(Granted degree-awarding powers)
Type Contemporary dance school
Director Veronica Lewis[1]
Students Approximately 180[2]
Location London, United Kingdom
Affiliations Conservatoire for Dance and Drama
University of Kent
Website http://www.theplace.org.uk/lcds

London Contemporary Dance School (informally LCDS) is a contemporary dance school located in London, United Kingdom and a part of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama. It was founded by Robin Howard in 1966 to train new dancers for his company, London Contemporary Dance Theatre.[3]

LCDS is based at The Place in the Bloomsbury area of Central London, close to the Senate House complex of the University of London, RADA and University College London.

History[edit]

London Contemporary Dance School and its partner company, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, were founded in 1966 under the governance of the Contemporary Dance Trust.[4][5] After receiving support from its founder, Robin Howard, the Contemporary Dance Trust moved to 17 Duke's Road in 1969, which it renamed The Place.[4] In 1978, with assistance from the Arts Council and Linbury Trust, The Place underwent a major redevelopment, with new studios created for the School on Flaxman Terrace.[4] In 1982, LCDS began offering a BA Honours degree in Contemporary Dance, validated by the University of Kent. In 1994, London Contemporary Dance Theatre was closed and the Richard Alston Dance Company formed.[4] In October 2001 a £7.5 million redevelopment of The Place, including the construction of six new dance studios, was completed.[4][6][7] In the same year LCDS and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) formed the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama.[4][8] In 2008 a £1.1 million development at The Place added two new further studios.[4]

Teaching[edit]

LCDS teaches a variety of contemporary dance techniques including release-based, Limón, Humphrey and Contact Improvisation, priding themselves on their lengthy history in Graham technique and their current excellence in Cunningham technique. As part of its courses LCDS also offers pilates, body conditioning, free electives in Choreology, Anatomy and Scenography, and ballet studies.

LCDS provides both undergraduate and postgraduate vocational training as well as a research programme in contemporary dance. The School also offers courses in contemporary dance in London for adults and children.

Notable alumni[edit]

LCDS's first year's intake included Richard Alston, Ian Spink and Siobhan Davies who went on to perform with the main company before founding their own. Other notable alummi of LCDS include: Richard Alston, Seeta Indrani, Sally Potter, Kenneth Tharp and Paul Liburd. Students of the School have gone on to accept contracts from a variety of prestigious dance companies including Adventure in Motion Picture, Random Dance Company, DV8, CandoCo, Diversions and the Rambert Dance Company at the Sadler's Wells.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Management team". London Contemporary Dance School. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "FAQs". London Contemporary Dance School. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  3. ^ The Hutchinson Factfinder. Helicon. 1999. ISBN 1-85986-000-1. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "History". London Contemporary Dance School. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "The Place: dreams in a drill hall". The Guardian. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Get fell in, you 'orrible dancers". The Guardian. 14 October 2001. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Richard Alston Dance Co, The Place, London". The Independent. 14 October 2001. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "University guide: Conservatoire for Dance and Drama". The Guardian. 8 June 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 

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