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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Opus Ballet

Audition for Opus Ballet at NSCD

  Opus Ballet Auditions 18 March, 11:00 – 17:00, FREE Opus Ballet, based in Florence, Italy, is holding an audition…

Winners announced for Northern Connections, a platform for emerging talent in the North

Six emerging dance artists and choreographers based in the North of England have been selected from over 50 applications to…


Head of Academic Registry (Maternity Cover)

The School is seeking to appoint a Head of Academic Registry (Maternity Cover) to develop strategy and support senior accountability…

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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