Based across the top two floors of the Grade II-listed Art School building, the four studios provide an inspiring setting to undertake dance training. The largest space is rigged and fully equipped for aerial work, which is taught to second and third year students on the degree course.
Barres and mirrors are standard, along with an investment in top of the line Harlequin sprung dance floors and sound systems to match what students would find in a professional studio. The sound systems were specifically designed for the studios with built-in iPads for streaming tracks online, providing exceptional sound and functionality.
The new Dance studios continue to be available to students in the evenings and weekends, giving dancers additional opportunity to practice as well as work on independent projects.
To support students’ development as strong and healthy dancers, there is also a dedicated treatment room for physiotherapy and massage therapy appointments. The separate Pilates room has two Pilates Reformers, alongside cardio and weight-training equipment.
Third year Dance student Yasmin Goulden has been using the studios during her final year of training. She says: “The studios at LIPA are a great asset to the dance course. They are big, spacious rooms giving the dancers the chance to really experiment using space. The new facilities such as the aerial equipment are amazing as it gives the dancers the opportunity to practice and learn more skills. Not only are the facilities very practical but it's a lovely feeling to be able to dance in such beautiful building.”