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MA Dance Performance (Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Jazz Dance, Musical Theatre)

MA Dance Performance Programme Specification

Information about our COVID plans for this programme/course for 2021/22 can be found here.


This one-year (12-month) postgraduate programme of study leads to a Masters degree that provides for the development of specialist skills in classical ballet, contemporary dance, jazz dance or musical theatre.

The programme is aimed at dance graduates who would benefit a further year of specialist education and study to develop and refine technique, gain a greater understanding of performance, and develop research and analytical skills. Applicants must demonstrate the skills and aptitudes necessary to work in a 'professional' context, as the course aims to provide aspirant performers with relevant experience and a portfolio of performance work, so that on graduation they can audition successfully for professional companies.

Students join one of LSC’s four performing companies Images Ballet Company, INTOTO Dance, Jazz Co. or Seedtime (musical theatre Company), working with industry professionals to create a full-length production that is performed at major London venues and across the UK.

Each company is engaged with established professionals in its chosen field as well emerging new talent, furnishing students with invaluable connections as they progress into their professional careers. It acts as a bridge to a professional future. The programme is designed to help students explore and inform themselves about performance opportunities and shape their own professional futures. The programme will offer a nuanced and contextualised understanding of the dynamics that shape career development for graduates, whether as independent dance artists or as employees within a company structure.

The theoretical components culminate in a dissertation born out of a creative and critical enquiry that will require independent research supported by a seminar programme and individual tutorials.

This programme is validated by Middlesex University.

Entry Requirements:
This postgraduate one-year programme of study leads to a Masters degree for students with a first degree in dance or performance or equivalent professional experience.

Career Opportunities:
The programme prepares students for diverse careers in the performing arts. Recent graduates from London Studio Centre are working successfully in a wide range of professional dance companies across the world, in musical theatre productions in the West End, Broadway and touring, on film and television. Other graduates are pursuing careers in acting, producing, directing, choreographing, writing, teaching and management in the UK and overseas, with a range of dance companies and performing arts organisations.


This intensive 12-month programme starting in September provides a demanding year of approximately 30 contact hours a week. The training focuses on strengthening the relevant skill sets within a particular genre, which leads to an intensive rehearsal period and company tour (normally June), followed by the opportunity to complete a dissertation project.

Full-time study mode only.


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Student Finance is available for eligible students.

Please note Overseas students rate, those students are subject to UKVI requirements.


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12-month programme running from the end of September to the beginning of September annually.


Apply here for September 2021 entry onto the MA Dance Performance Programme. Admission onto the programme is by audition and interview.