The great thing about this place is that you are taken at face value - it doesn’t matter if you’ve trained for ten years or not at all, if you have the natural potential and you work your socks off you have a great chance of making it. They help you to develop not only as a dancer but also as an artist. Take choreography; before I came here I hadn’t done any at all - now I’ve performed my own work in front of a live audience.

/ Ian Piears, BPA (Hons) Contemporary Dance graduate /

About NSCD

Image of Northern School of Contemporary Dance building exterior

Website: www.nscd.ac.uk

NSCD is a unique dance training institution offering a select group of students the opportunity to develop and excel as dance artists. We provide world-class dance training, nurturing and developing talent without regard to race or social background.

We run three full-time courses in contemporary dance at foundation, degree and graduate diploma level. The courses are focused on practical training, with daily technique classes and plenty of time in the studio.

There are regular performance opportunities, including informal presentations, in-house platforms and full public performances in our own theatre and other professional venues.

In 2006 we extended our Graduate Diploma programme and students can now join our first graduate dance company, Verve.

Our courses prepare students for what can be a demanding and precarious profession and are taught by staff who are of the highest professional level. Classes are rigorous and challenging requiring a high level of commitment and determination. This approach enables our students to continue to succeed in the highly competitive field of professional contemporary dance.

Northern School of Contemporary Dance joined the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama in 2003.


NSCD counts amongst its distinguished alumni: Akram Khan, Robert Hylton, Fleur Darkin, Benji Reid, Tom Rodin, Kwesi Johnson, Ross Cooper, Emily Burns, Simon Birch and Debbi Purtell.

Our graduates have gone on to join, amongst others: DV8, Henri Oguike Dance Company, Irie Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Company, The Cholmondeleys, The Featherstonehaughs, Javier de Frutos Company, Random Dance and Yolande SnaithTheatredance.

Access for disabled people

NSCD is a fully accessible building. We welcome applications from disabled people and offers places solely on the basis of potential and suitability to undertake our contemporary dance training. If you have a learning difficulty or a disability we would encourage you to disclose this at the earliest opportunity so that we can then make arrangements to meet your needs.

If you would like to discuss your access needs before applying please contact Ros Lehany, Learner Support Tutor, on 0113 2193038


Download as a PDF


Northern School of Contemporary Dance
98 Chapeltown Road
Leeds, LS7 4BH

Tel +44 (0)113 219 3000

twitter: @northernschool

All applications are direct to the school. For more information on how to apply see our student info section.

Conservatoire for Dance and Drama Tavistock House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JJ    Tel: 020 7387 5101    Email: info@cdd.ac.uk