NSCD is an international centre of excellence offering specialist, conservatoire-level contemporary dance training.

At our home in Leeds, City of Dance, we provide an inspirational learning environment for aspiring contemporary dance artists to train in a place that values them as individuals. We offer studies at Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate level as a School of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama. We also provide classes and workshops to all ages and abilities through our Learning & Participation activities.

We are home to Riley Theatre, a performance venue for professional touring companies and emerging dance artists with our programme currently supported by Arts Council England. Riley Theatre provides performance opportunities throughout the year for NSCD students across the whole provision. VERVE, NSCD’s theatrical and dynamic postgraduate performance company, open their UK and European tour on the Riley stage in the Spring. Sign up for NSCD news here. 

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Call out for freelance dance practitioners

The NSCD Learning and Participation team are looking to expand our pool of Freelance Dance Practitioners to deliver our classes…


Auditions dates set for 2017 entry in UK, EU and international locations

Students considering applying for the Access to Higher Education and BA (Hons) courses can now choose from a greater number of…

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NSCD seeks experienced fundraising and development professional/organisation. Northern School of Contemporary Dance is a world-leading centre for dance education and…


NSCD alumni performing in two productions at London’s Blue Elephant Theatre

On Thursday 10th November, Blue Elephant has Josh Hawkins an alumnus of NSCD, performing in (we)SINK & Fish Tank: Double…

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