Northern School of Contemporary Dance

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Contemporary Dance Performance (Verve) – MA

VERVE is the postgraduate company of Northern School of Contemporary Dance. This MA equips students with Professional performance skills as members of a touring Contemporary dance company. Each year the company commissions choreographers from all over the world to create an artistically distinct, physically daring and engaging programme of dance work.

The programme offers emerging dance artists the opportunity to challenge and develop their skills across a varied repertoire of work, guided by Artistic Director Matthew Robinson, alongside an exciting range of visiting teachers and artists. The programme enables students to take creative risks with their practice, to grow their individual artistry and rigorously challenge their physical skill. Dancers develop their identities as performers, whilst building an understanding of the professional working environment to support them in their future careers.

The company tours extensively to venues and festivals across the UK and internationally, in recent years performing in Austria, Germany, Italy, Malta, Spain and Switzerland. VERVE seeks connections with partner institutions, industry professionals, choreographers and companies, to broaden and enrich the students’ experience and understanding.

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.