MA / MFA Creative Practice

MA Creative Practice: Dance Professional Practice

Update for EU students: the UK government announced that it guarantees EU students enrolling in September 2019 the same fee and loan rates as British students, post-Brexit.

Run 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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More information about applying for the course on the Trinity Laban website

Read about Gill Clarke Bursaries which support students on this course.

Click here for information on funding available for the course.

_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.

Read more about the programme content.
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: Thursday 24 January 2019


Term Dates 2019/20 (provisional)

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

Induction week
9 – 20 Sep 2019
Term 1
23 Sep – 13 Dec 2019
Term 2
6 Jan – 27 Mar 2020 (Embodied Practice Module: 6 Jan –  7 Feb)
Term 3
Tue 14 Apr – 3 July 2020 (Investigative Practice Module: 14 Apr – 15 May)


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 Henrietta Hale