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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NSCD GRADUATE AND NACA WINNER JAMAAL BURKMAR PREMIERES A TRIPLE BILL OF NEW WORKS IN LONDON.

Last year NSCD alumnus Jamaal Burkmar,  was awarded The New Adventures Choreographer Award (NACA) which culminated in a triple bill…

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National Student Survey (NSS) ranks NSCD and other Conservatoire Dance and Drama partners joint No.1 performing arts conservatoire for student satisfaction

The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) have been announced by HEFCE, with the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama…

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CAT students produce mesmerising end of year show entitled ‘Intense Attachment’

Over 45 CAT (Centre for Advanced Training) students collaborated on a series of installations culminating in a spectacular visual cacophony…

Far from a ‘Sommbre’ performance – NSCD students commemorate 100 years since WW1

Far from a ‘Sommbre’ performance – NSCD students commemorate 100 years since WW1 Students from NSCD delivered a performance supporting…

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  • Marianne has just finished her final year of the BPA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance and was awarded the NSCD writing…

    Marianne Tuckman

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