Northern School of Contemporary Dance

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Dance (Contemporary) – BA (Hons)

NSCD students become performers with highly tuned technical and creative skills, developed through dance experiences in a variety of professional, studio and community contexts. NSCD’s approach is founded on an openness to explore related theory and practice. You are encouraged to be curious about the place of contemporary dance within the broader landscape of the professional arts. We provide opportunities for you to work in collaboration with other Arts organisations and professionals, and for you to engage with different audiences in a  variety of settings.

The programme comprises two strands, Performance and Creative and Choreographic Studies. Through an integrated approach to the delivery of the two strands, students experience studio-based contemporary techniques ranging from Cunningham to other more hybrid, evolved practices, and ballet tailored to the needs of contemporary dancers. Alongside the practice of technique, run theory and practice-based sessions focused on the exploration of performance practice, choreography, improvisation, somatic practice, site-specific performance and screen dance. Students also develop critical thinking and reflective skills, all of which are required to become articulate and expressively nuanced performers. Through Creative and Choreographic practice, students have access to HD cameras and the latest video and sound editing software, enabling new ways of presenting work incorporating film, projection and installation.

To find out more 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.