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 chosen to undertake a three week residency at NSCD as part of the Northern Connections programme. Northern Connections seeks to…

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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 the prestigious BBC Young Dancer, 2017 competition. Peers Diogo Santos and Sean Moss succeeded in reaching the contemporary semi-finals. BBC Young Dancer is…

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Dancers give it some welly in support of RNLI’s Mayday campaign

  Northern School of Contemporary Dance BA Students donned the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s yellow wellies to show support for Mayday, the charity’s national annual fundraising campaign which is calling out for people to ‘Do your bit, fund our kit’ for brave…

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EU students funding confirmed

Funding confirmed for EU students starting 2018/19

Northern School of Contemporary Dance is delighted to share news that EU students applying for places in the 2018 to 2019 academic year will remain eligible for financial support. The UK Government on Friday 21 April confirmed that European Union (EU)…

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Remembering NSCD percussionist Adam Warne

Today we received the very sad news that Adam Warne, a wonderful, much loved percussionist at Northern School of Contemporary Dance has passed away after a short illness. An extremely talented musician, we were very lucky to have Adam and…

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Opus Ballet

Audition for Opus Ballet at NSCD

Opus Ballet An opportunity has arisen for dancers interested in a career in Ballet to audition at Opus Ballet based in Florence, Italy. They are looking for artists who might be interested in their scholarship places onto their professional training programme…

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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 take part in the Northern Connections programme 2017. Following a call out, shortlisting and interview process, the successful applicants are:…

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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 45 young dance students a unique opportunity to come together for the first time, exchange ideas and ways of working…

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Apprenticeship Placement Companies Announced for MA Contemporary Dance Performance (PAS)

Ahead of the closing date for applications this weekend, we are delighted to announce the companies who will be working with our MA (PAS) students from September 2017 are; Phoenix Dance Company Chameleon Mark Bruce Company 2Faced Dance Company Tavaziva…

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International Auditions- Hong Kong and Singapore

Northern School of Contemporary Dance is holding auditions and free workshops at various locations around the world for international applicants wishing to study on our Access Diploma and BA (Hons) programmes. These include: Hong Kong Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts,…

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Call out for freelance dance practitioners

The NSCD Learning and Participation team are looking to expand our pool of Freelance Dance Practitioners to deliver our classes at the School and outreach work across the Yorkshire region. Learning and Participation at NSCD provides community access and participation….

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Auditions dates set for 2017 entry in UK, EU and international locations

Students considering applying for the Access to Higher Education and BA (Hons) courses can now choose from a greater number of audition dates and locations. Expanding the options for EU and international students enables greater access to emerging talent in home…

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fundraising consultancy

Can you help us?

NSCD seeks experienced fundraising and development professional/organisation. Northern School of Contemporary Dance is a world-leading centre for dance education and development. Based in Leeds we are the only UK contemporary dance conservatoire outside of London. As a small specialist Higher…

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NSCD alumni performing in two productions at London’s Blue Elephant Theatre

On Thursday 10th November, Blue Elephant has Josh Hawkins an alumnus of NSCD, performing in (we)SINK & Fish Tank: Double Bill. This is a performance created by Josh’s dance company Hawk Dance Theatre, an exciting emerging company based in the North…

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MA in Dance Creative Enterprise

NSCD launches new MA in Dance & Creative Enterprise

The new MA in Dance and Creative Enterprise* enables artists to understand the business of dance. It focuses on supporting graduates and professionals at varying stages of their careers to evolve their artistic practice, whilst gaining further understanding of its value…

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NSCD Centre for Advanced Training Students & Alumnus Take Flight with James Wilton Dance

As our CAT students make final preparations to perform a curtain raiser for James Wilton Dance’s LEVIATHAN at Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre on 2 November, we speak to NSCD CAT and degree alumnus Samuel Baxter about his NSCD journey…

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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 of Art and VJ Oscar Barany, for a Light Night spectacular; We Are Universe. This collaborative installation of improvised music, dance, digital…

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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 a world of farcical stereotypes and preposterous power struggles. With irreverent physicality, four characters wrestle with restriction and gender identity…

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NSCD dancers officially open prestigious retail space in Victoria Leeds

John Lewis and Victoria Gate Leeds, opened its doors to 400 VIPS and the public in a spectacular opening ceremony last week. With an energetic and glitzy performance piece titled ‘High fashion’ the 11 strong NSCD dancers then processed the…

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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 ‘Connections’; a year-long scheme of professional artistic development and performance. The programme includes Northern Connections, specifically designed for emerging dance artists based in the…

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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 Theatre Awards. COAL has been hailed by critics as “urgent and heroic” and “emotional dynamite.” Created to mark the 30th…

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Financial support assured for EU students starting 2017/18

Student Finance England has confirmed financial support for eligible EU nationals wishing to study in the UK from Autumn 2017.

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NSCD makes notable appointment for Postgraduate company VERVE.

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Matthew Robinson as the new Artistic Director and Programme Leader of VERVE, our prestigious Postgraduate Performance Company. Matthew trained at London Contemporary Dance School, joining Scottish Dance Theatre as an apprentice before…

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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 of Jamaal’s choreography, also featuring some of our graduates and current students. The NACA has established itself as one of…

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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 (which are the eight partners) ranking joint highest amongst UK performing arts conservatoires for overall student satisfaction (90%). The Conservatoire…

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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 for friends and family in the Riley Theatre. Students demonstrated their year of intense training via three small installations in…

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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 Space2 ‘Recipe for Life 2016’ commemorating 100 years since the Battle of the Somme in WW1. Working with Leeds College…

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New Job Vacancies

There are no vacancies at the moment. Check back here soon. Northern School of Contemporary Dance is an international centre of excellence offering specialist, conservatoire-level dance education in an intimate and bespoke setting.  Based in Leeds, we attract the most…

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Statement: UK votes to leave the EU

Northern School of Contemporary Dance recognises that leaving the European Union will create a period of uncertainty for UK Conservatoires and Universities, particularly around the mobility of students and staff. However, this will be a gradual process. Nothing will happen…

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VERVE News Update

VERVE’s European tour has finished for the year. The company has had successful performances across a number of different venues including a standing ovation at Sadler’s Wells. Before Sadler’s Wells, VERVE performed at both Chichester University (mapdance) and Cardiff (National…

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New Job Vacancies at NSCD

NSCD is currently recruiting for the following roles: Senior Marketing & Communications Manager, full-time £30,083 – £32,877 ICT Manager, full-time £26,719 to £28,352 per annum For more information and to apply for the roles please visit our job vacancy page….

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Crystal Zillwood named as CATAPULT recruit

CATAPULT is a professional development programme aimed at supporting an emerging dance maker or collective, based in Yorkshire.

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Collaborative Arts returns!

Collaborative Arts is back for 2016! Look out for NSCD students across the city from Monday 23 – Friday 27 May, performing in weird and wonderful places. Our third year students have collaborated with a variety of artists and venues…

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CDD judged to be world-leading

Northern School of Contemporary Dance is delighted to share news that the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama has been judged as world-leading in its fields of dance, drama, circus arts and technical theatre, as part of a recent Higher Education Funding…

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Youth Workshops ACE Dance and Music

Youth Workshops

This June, NSCD Learning & Participation are offering young people aged between 12-18 years the chance to learn new skills and test their creativity in 3 very different dance workshops. Led by 3 diverse companies, each session includes a combination of creative…

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Northern Exchange

Children and Young People’s Dance Network North The Children and Young People’s Dance Network North is running Northern Exchange  – a youth dance project running across all 3 regions (North East, North West and Yorkshire). The aim of the project…

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Summer enrolments now open

Enrolments for summer classes at NSCD are now open. With the new term beginning on Monday 18 April, now’s the time to register for a range of classes from Children’s Saturday School to Adult Zumba®. What better to way to work…

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Student Success

We are delighted to announce some recent successes of NSCD students:

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NSCD Summer School

A five day summer school delivered by Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) Monday 1 – Friday 5 August 2016. An energetic, fun and challenging experience for young dancers aged 12-18 years and adults aged 18+ (advanced level, including dance students…

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Wayne McGregor Easter Creative Lab at NSCD

Dancers from Studio Wayne McGregor will be running a Creative Lab at NSCD from 29 March – 2 April 2016, 10am – 5pm daily. Designed for dance students in vocational training and recent graduates, these Creative Labs will be led by company…

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The Nadine Senior MBE Remembrance Fund

On January 28, our NSCD founder, Nadine Senior MBE sadly passed away. Nadine lobbied with great spirit and passion to prove the need for professional dance education in Leeds and founded NSCD in 1985. Through her educational vision, teaching and leadership,…

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VERVE Finale

VERVE news update

VERVE is pleased to announce the choreographers working with the company in 2017: James Cousins Matthias Sperling Leila McMillan Carlos Pons Guerra Each of them will bring extensive experience to share with the dancers in 2017, and we look forward…

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Auditions in Denmark

NSCD is pleased to be holding auditions in Denmark for 2016 entry. Auditions will be held on Saturday 27 Feb 2016 at the following location: Dansehallerne Copenhagen Pasteursvej 14 DK-1799 Copenhagen V We are proud of the diversity of the students we attract….

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Full-time paid apprenticeship with 2Faced Dance Company

Contract: Fixed term contract (pro-rata 9 months) Hours: 40 hours a week Salary: £13,520.00 per annum (pro-rata 9 months) Holiday: 28 days (pro-rata) includes bank holidays Commencement: July 2016. Location: Hereford Responsible to: Artistic Director and Company Manager 2Faced Dance…

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NSCD’s PAS students showcase Motionhouse work

On Friday 12 February, Motionhouse will celebrate the achievements of their apprentice dancers, who include Helen Andrew and Paul Davies, NSCD students studying on the Postgraduate Apprenticeship Scheme. The apprentices will perform Motionhouse’s Captive as well as sections from their renowned touring show, Broken….

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Get involved!

Learning & Participation news update: ‘Spotted’ workshops, Summer Schools & Saturday School

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NSCD founder, Nadine Senior

Nadine Senior 4 October 1939- 28 January 2016  

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Remembering Jennie Vaughan

It is with deep sadness that we share news of the death of Jennie Vaughan, a friend and co-worker at NSCD, who passed away peacefully last week.

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Acclaim for Crystal Zillwood at Resolution

Crystal Zillwood’s solo Evolutio, developed as part of NSCD’s Northern Connections programme, receives high praise at Resolution, London.

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NSCD alumna successful with RDC Youth’s latest project

2014 graduate Shelley Eve Haden has been selected to choreograph a new bespoke piece for RDC Youth. 

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Dance classes for the New Year

The new year is a great time to pick up a new hobby, so why not give dance a go? Learning & Participation offer a vibrant Spring programme of dance activities in the form of evening and weekend classes at adult,…

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International auditions

NSCD is pleased to be holding auditions in Norway, Denmark and Italy for 2016 entry. Auditions will be held on: Saturday 30th Jan 2016 Oslo, Norway Rom for Dans AS Marstrandgata 8 0566 Oslo Norway Monday 1st Feb 2016 Gimse, Norway Trøndertun…

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2016 applications open

The online application system for entry to NSCD in 2016 is now open.  All application and audition information is available

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The Temple Newsam Project

NSCD has been granted exclusive access to Leeds’ most celebrated historic house Temple Newsam with a promenade performance taking place on Saturday 5 December.

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Job vacancy: Head of Development & International Engagement

NSCD is currently recruiting for a Head of Development & International Engagement to take responsibility for developing and leading on the delivery of fundraising and to lead on the implementation of overseas recruitment strategy. We are looking for an enthusiastic, entrepreneurial individual to support…

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Les Contre-Sujets creates work with NSCD student

On December 5, second year NSCD student Fanny Pouillot will be joining Les Contre-Sujets as part of their Four Nations concert, at the first York International Concerto Competition, where England, France, Germany and Italy will engage in a battle for the best…

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NSCD alumni nominated for National Dance Awards

NSCD is delighted that 17 dancers and choreographers who trained with us feature in the 2015 National Dance Awards.

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Alumnus Josh Hawkins secures Arts Council Funding

Josh Hawkins, a 2014 NSCD alumnus, has been successful with a grant from Arts Council England

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Joan Clevillé at NSCD this week

On Friday 13 November Riley Theatre presents Plan B for Utopia; a playful dance theatre work by Dundee-based company Joan Clevillé Dance. Charismatic performers Solène Weinachter (Scottish Dance Theatre, Gecko) and John Kendall (balletLORENT) explore the notion of utopia and the role that…

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NSCD staff run Leeds Abbey Dash in aid of Fostering Dance

This Sunday, Tracy Witney, our Head of Learning & Participation, and staff from DAZL and Yorkshire Dance are teaming up to run 10k in the Leeds Abbey Dash. Access to the arts is known to have a lasting and transformational effect…

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NSCD Principal featured in historic dance honours photo

The world of dance has proved to be a continuously flourishing industry, full of talent.Organised by Dance UK

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Northernisms – NSCD Student Blog

With the students back in the building, creativity is flowing and the student-run blog is active once again!

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Rambert Success for NSCD graduates

On Saturday 3 October, Rambert Dance Company, a leading British national institution in classical and contemporary

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NSCD on Light Night 2015

Friday 9th October 2015, 6:00pm-11:00pm Light Night is an annual multi-arts and light festival which takes over Leeds City Centre

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Job Vacancies at NSCD

A number of vacancies have arisen at an exciting time for NSCD as we enter our 30th year and begin anniversary

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Alumnus Carlos Pons Guerra creates work with Rambert

Carlos Pons Guerra has been commissioned to create work on Rambert dancers for the company’s The Future programme.

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NSCD graduate wins 2015/16 New Adventures Choreographer Award

NSCD is delighted to share the news that 2014 graduate Jamaal Burkmar is the winner of the prestigious 2015/16 New Adventures Choreographer Award (NACA).

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CDD ranks as the UK’s No.1 performing arts conservatoire

The results of the annual National Student Survey (NSS) have been announced by HEFCE, with the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama ranking above all other UK performing arts conservatoires

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Professional Classes at NSCD

This autumn, Northern School of Contemporary Dance have partnered with ProDanceLeeds to host, organise and fund professional classes.

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Autumn/Winter at Riley Theatre

The Autumn/Winter season at Riley Theatre is now open for booking.

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NSCD Alumni at Barbican Theatre

NSCD alumna Heather Walrond has been successful with a research and development grant from Arts Council England

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Job Vacancies at NSCD

NSCD is currently looking for: Director of Studies Lecturer in Creative & Contextual Studies Ballet Teacher Saturday School Teacher 

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NSCD and AVA Dance Company at Latitude Festival

Recent students from NSCD performed A Brief History of the World in Three Acts

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Emerging Alumnus Choreographer Secures Arts Council Funding

Carlos Pons Guerra graduated from NSCD in 2012 and went on to found DeNada Dance Theatre, a company that exports, explores and subverts Hispanic and Latin culture.

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NSCD Student Reaches BBC Young Dancer Category Finals

First year degree student Kasichana Okene-Jameson flew the flag for NSCD in the BBC Young Dancer of the Year competition, which took place in March this year.

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The Hiccup Project Walk Away with Brighton Fringe Festival Award

NSCD alumnae Cristina Mackerron and Chess Dillon-Reams make up the exciting Brighton-based duo The Hiccup Project.

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NSCD Alumni at Prestigious Olivier Awards Ceremony

Celebrated NSCD alumnus Akram Khan performed his 2014 piece “Torobaka” at the Olivier Awards Ceremony

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Congratulations NSCD Graduates!

A huge congratulations to this year’s cohort of graduating students!

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NSCD Youth Dance Workshops

NSCD’s Learning & Participation department will hold a series of youth dance workshops throughout July.

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NSCD Students Perform Across Leeds

As part of their final project, third year students at Northern School of Contemporary Dance will perform a variety of productions

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Dance Whispers Project

Dance Whispers is a regional youth dance project for Yorkshire which will nurture young choreographers

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May Alumni News

2014 graduate Shelley Eva Haden has written a piece for The Guardian Dance Blog, investigating what a dance company and the army have in common.

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Congratulations to Connor Scott BBC Young Dancer 2015

Northern School of Contemporary Dance would like to congratulate Connor Scott on winning the BBC Young Dancer 2015.

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Joint statement from three leading British dance schools on the success of vocational dance training in the UK

Principal of the London Contemporary Dance School, Veronica Lewis, Trinity Laban Principal Anthony Bowne,

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NSCD ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted Report

Students and teachers at Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) are celebrating after receiving top marks from Ofsted. 

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