News: Trinity Laban appoints new Dean of Dance

Friday 28 October 2016 by Carmel Smith

Sara Matthews. Photo: Patrick Baldwin

Previously the Director of Central School of Ballet, Sara Matthews joins Trinity Laban as the Dean of the Faculty of Dance. She will take up the post in January next year and will be working with Trinity Laban’s Director of Dance – Mirella Bartrip – on the continuing development and delivery of Trinity Laban’s Higher Education taught programmes.

“As Director of Dance, I am absolutely delighted to welcome Sara Matthews to our Trinity Laban community of artists, teachers, practitioners and researchers,” Mirella Bartrip said earlier this week. “Sara brings with her a wealth of experience, first as a dancer with Rambert Dance Company, subsequently as a choreographer and latterly as the Director of one of the most eminent ballet training institutions in Europe. Her close connections with music and her background in dance as a practitioner and leader offer a perfect fit with Trinity Laban’s aspirations and with the role of Dean in the Faculty of Dance. I very much look forward to working with Sara, as I know do all the staff – as a Faculty we will continue to foster an environment for cultivating creative, collaborative and resourceful artists of the future.”

Matthews studied dance and piano alongside her mainstream education before going to The Rambert Academy at the age of sixteen to undertake professional study in ballet and contemporary dance techniques. After graduating, she danced with Rambert for many years and also expanded into teaching alongside developing her work as a choreographer. In 1998 Sara became Head of Dance at Central School of Ballet, a school of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (CDD). She became Assistant Director in 2002, Director in 2009 and stepped down from this role in September 2016, becoming a Senior Advisor.

Throughout her career, Matthews has been passionate about ensuring the training and education of dance artists remains informed, current and relevant. “I am delighted to be taking up this new position at Trinity Laban, working with the faculty to continue to deliver world-class programmes at a time of significant changes within the arts and education sector,” she said. “I have been so fortunate to spend the last 18 years of my career at Central School of Ballet, but know that I am leaving it in more than capable hands in Heidi Hall, who took up the position of Director earlier this year. I look forward to the challenges ahead!”

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is the UK’s only conservatoire of music and contemporary dance – and an acknowledged world leader in music and contemporary dance education. As well as courses at undergraduate and post graduate level, it also offers exciting opportunities for everyone to take part in dance and music, and to access arts health programmes.

Find details about the wide range of classes on offer in its beautiful, award winning building in Deptford:

Laban Building
Creekside, London SE8 3DZ

Photo: Patrick Baldwin

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