Northern School of Contemporary Dance
Based in the vibrant student-friendly city of Leeds, Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) is an intimate, supportive and creative learning environment offering a Foundation Course, BPA (Hons) and Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Contemporary Dance. The 2015/16 academic year marked our 30th anniversary of delivering specialist conservatoire-level training.
The programmes focus on the development of versatile, collaborative and individual dance artists with highly tuned technical, creative and performance skills. NSCD is committed to widening access, and recruits the most talented students from across the UK and internationally, whatever their backgrounds.
Close to the city centre, NSCD is a bespoke architectural site based around a Grade II listed former synagogue. A hub for contemporary dance in the North of England, NSCD hosts regular performances at Riley Theatre; VERVE, our postgraduate performance company; pre-vocational training with Centre for Advanced Training: NSCD; and weekly dance classes for all ages. A breadth of activity across the dance community provides developmental opportunities for all.
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 Jane Perekrest, Learner Support Tutor, on 0113 219 3000.
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.
BPA (Hons) Contemporary Dance graduate
Kristina Alleyne, Dancer (NSCD)
Jamaal Burkmar, Dancer & Choreographer (NSCD)