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. 

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Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre partner with young dancers from the UKs Centres for Advanced Training (CATs)

In a new partnership between Dance Consortium and Dance East at their home, the Jerwood DanceHouse, the four-day intensive offered…

2Faced: Chris Nash

2Faced Dance Company are offering a paid, full-time apprenticeship to a male student studying the MA in Contemporary Performance (PAS).

*Applications close on Sunday for the course. 2Faced Dance Company are looking for 1 x Apprentice Male Dance Artist to…


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Library & Digital Assistant

We are seeking to fill the post of Library & Digital Assistant, to provide assistance to the Librarian in the…


Digital Marketing Project Manager (six month contract)

Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) is seeking an experienced Digital Marketing Project Manager to oversee the design and implementation…


ICT Manager

This is a split role between IT Manager & IT Support (hands on role). Working with the Directorate to propose,…

Student Profiles

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    Katy Hewison

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    Erica Mulkern

  • 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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