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 Access, 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

Northern Connections – A review by Rosie Stebbing

On Thursday 27th April, the Riley Theatre presented a triple bill of dance works by three choreographers who had been…

BBC Young Dancer of the Year 2017 success for Nora Monsecour

NSCD is exceptionally proud of second year student Nora Monsecour who skilfully secured her place in the contemporary category final of…

Student Profiles

  • Nora is a current student on the BA (Hons) Dance (Contemporary). She reached the contemporary category final for BBC Young Dancer 2017.  Why did you…

    Nora Monsecour

  • Katy is in her third year of BA (Hons) in Dance (Contemporary). She started studying at NSCD in 2013 when…

    Katy Hewison

  • Erica is studying in the first year of the BPA in Contemporary Dance…

    Erica Mulkern

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