MA / MFA Creative Practice

MA Creative Practice: Dance Professional Practice
Validated by City University London

Left column for textRun by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and DanceIndependent Dance with Siobhan Davies Dance, the MA Creative Practice (Dance Professional Practice) 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.

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FInd out more:
More information about applying for the course on the Trinity Laban website
Information about the Gill Clarke Bursaries which support students on this MA/MFA pathway.

_The 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.

To see Kirsty Alexander speaking about the course outline at our last Open day, click here.
Click here to listen to the question and answer session from the previous year for additional information.

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.

MA Open Day 2018: Friday 2 February 2018 

The deadline for applications for the MA is 8 June 2018.
The application deadline for bursaries is 15 June 2018.


2018 dates to follow.
Term Dates 2017/18

Embodied Practice and Investigative Practice run as intensive five week blocks in the spring and summer terms, respectively.

Induction week
4 – 15 September 2017
Term 1
18 Sep – 8 Dec 2017
Term 2
8 Jan – 29 Mar 2018 (Embodied Practice Module: 8 Jan – 9 Feb)
Term 3
16 Apr – 6 July 2018 (Investigative Practice Module: 16 Apr – 18 May tbc)


Programme Content

The pathway through the Programme comprises a taught element of four modules, and a final independent Project module. You will need to indicate your choice of modules on the extended application form, plus second choices in case your first choice is not available. Study is structured to allow the skills and experience of the individual student to flourish and for new skills and insights to be gained.

Full descriptions of all modules are available on the Module Menu on the Trinity Laban website.

Core modules include Research Methods and an in-depth independent research Project undertaken at Trinity Laban. This may take the form of a performance, a lecture demonstration, a written dissertation, or a mixed mode project.

Delivered by Independent Dance at Siobhan Davies Studios, the Embodied Practice module aims to deepen and extend your embodied understanding of your own movement practice, to consider this within a wide cross-disciplinary framework of enquiry, and give you the opportunity to research your own area of interest. Building on this, the subsequent module called Investigative Practice is an intensive creative project, allowing you to challenge your own making/performing/research through an encounter with the practice and ideas of an artist/choreographer of international significance such as Siobhan Davies, Rosemary Lee, or an international guest.

Programme Aims

  • > To provide professional development opportunities for you as a graduate of dance, performing arts or humanities programmes, and to support you in deepening, extending, interrogating and challenging your embodied creative practice
  • > To develop you as a reflective practitioner who is critically aware of the reciprocity of theory and practice, thereby promoting standards of excellence in your dance practice, and preparing you for employment.
  • > To enable you to explore and reflect upon dance practice in its many forms, taking account of the social, cultural, aesthetic and political contexts in which performance practice is located.
  • > To encourage you to make links across various approaches to and perspectives on practice, and to locate your own practice within a wider contemporary artistic and cultural context
  • > To develop your ability to address complex issues creatively and systematically, as well as the ability to problem-solve in a variety of artistic contexts through the engagement in practice based research, including collaborative projects.
  • > To develop your potential for a range of practices in or associated with dance and research-based activity.

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.”

“The course is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to identify who and where we are as artists, giving us a secure place to challenge ourselves.”

“The taught elements were inspiring, the reach of the research expansive, my understanding of how theoretical texts and somatic practice can mutually inform has developed.”

For more information and to apply online click here.
To discuss the opportunity further contact Kirsty Alexander