Northern School of Contemporary Dance

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Contemporary Dance Performance (Postgraduate Apprentice Scheme) – MA



This one-year, full-time programme provides an opportunity for students to undertake extensive professional development and refine their skills as a performer, whilst being an apprentice with a professional dance company.

The distinctiveness of this programme lies in the offer of a work placement with a professional dance company of between five and nine months. As Postgraduate Apprentices, students work alongside professional dancers at their chosen host company, experiencing the creation, rehearsal, production and touring of a professional performance programme or project, including any related education and community outreach work. Whilst on their placement, students are supported by a tutor at NSCD. The placement experience is supplemented by a wide range of technical and creative work delivered at NSCD, involving performance platforms, classes with VERVE and research-based activities. Crucially, apprentices develop an understanding of the wider skills required of a professional dance artist, through small-scale projects, introductions to local networks and awareness of a variety of activities such as workshop teaching and project management.

For more information about this course, visit the school website.


Awarding body

University of Kent

School contact details

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

Tel +44 (0)113 219 3000





All applications are direct to the school. For more information on the application process visit how to apply.