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. 

Latest news


Collaboration produces a cacophony of dance, light and sound for LIGHT NIGHT Leeds

  Dancers from second and third year degree programme joined musicians from Leeds College of Music, animators from Leeds College…


Alumnus Gracefool Collective present ‘This really is too much’ in London and Leeds

Originally produced for NSCD’s Northern Connections programme, This really is too much is an outlandish, bold and genre-busting performance. It delves into…


NSCD launches open call for emerging choreographers in the North

Northern School of Contemporary Dance has been successful in securing Arts Council funding for the second year running to deliver…


NSCD Alumnus Gary Clarke Wins UK Theatre Award for COAL

Critically acclaimed South Yorkshire contemporary dance hit COAL has won the award for Achievement in Dance at the 2016 UK…

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