Phil Sanger - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


Lecturer in Technique & Performance Practice (Contemporary)

BPA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance
PgDip in Performance

Role and responsibilities:

  • Contemporary Technique
  • Performance Practice
  • Partner Work
  • Rehearsal Direction
  • Personal Development
  • Choreography
  • Performance in Context

“My classes move intuitively between order and disorder of the body, exploring simplicity and complexity. I approach the teaching of dance as a sequencing of transitions between these states in order to develop strength, flexibility and coordination.”

Career History

Phil Sanger is an established dance artist based in Yorkshire – performing, making and presenting art since 2003. He began training in somatic and movement disciplines at the age of 8, initially a student of Martial Arts but migrating into dance studies age 12. He was appointed Lecturer in Technique & Performance Practice at Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) in September 2016 having himself graduated from the school 2002, returning also in 2007 to undertake a postgraduate study through VERVE.

Between 2007 and 2016 Phil worked within numerous touring dance companies including Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Vincent Dance Theatre and Denada Dance Theatre. He has also worked extensively as a freelance artist in both theatre and digital media projects including performances and choreography assistance for productions with the BBC. In 2014 he co-founded Sardoville, a repertoire-esque theatre company. Through Sardoville he continues an active practice in research and performance fusing movement, design, art and word to tell stories that are moving and entertaining. In 2015 the Dancers Career Development sponsored Phil to pursue additional training with the Coaches Training Institute and he is now a qualified Life Coach and a specialist in personal and professional development. This period of study has expanded the remit of his dance practice and underpins the work he does as a dance lecturer and project facilitator.

Most recently Phil was mentored by Wendy Houstoun on a solo project that serves as a commentary on the need for more flexibility, diversity and acceptance within societal expectations. This is a continuing research supported by the work he does as a life coach and mentor. The work also calls for more visibility and representation of LGBTQ+ artists and will tour performance spaces throughout 2018 and 2019.

Professional Activity and Research Interests

Original dance creations / re-stagings for theatre with:
Fin Walker, Kim Brandstrup, Hofesh Schecter, Shobana Jeyasingh, Darshan Singh Bhuller, Douglas Thorpe, Sharon Watson, Aletta Collins, Isira Makuloluwe, Warren Adams, Richard Wherlock, Henri Oguike, Ana Lujan Sanchez, Charlotte Vincent, Richard Alston, Ivgi & Greben, Rui Horta, Yolande Yorke, Carlos Pons Guerra, Luca Silvestrini.

Performance in historical dance works by:
Philip Taylor, Robert Cohen, Sir Kenneth McMillan, Robert North.

Original creations for film/television with:
Colin Teague, Toby Haynes, Kit Monkton, Aurora Fearnley.

Rehearsal Direction:
2014, Refined, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Alston, R (chor.), Watson, S (chor.), Oguike, H (chor.)
2016, 6 feet. 3 shoes, Slanjayvah Danza. Wren, R (chor.)

2017, Colony. Morrissey, C (chor.)

2017, Bread and Circuses. Baker. J (chor.)

2011, Artists North, collaborative arts research with over 40 artists.
2013, Dancelines, choreographic research residency with Kim Brandstrup and Oliver Coates, Royal Opera House, London.
2015, The Cohan Collective, choreographic research with Robert Cohen and Eleanor Alberga, Middlesex University, London.
2016, GRIT, Artists North. Performers research and coaching residency, Yorkshire Dance, Leeds
2016, Something Ordinary, integrative and curatorial arts research, ‘Canne Ruines’ and Seven Arts Leeds.

2017, For Only An Hour, research into Queer art, LGBTQ+ visibility and integrative fields of performance, with Andi Walker and Wendy Houston.

2018, Moving Man, research to establish a Personal Development Model that can holistically support artists.

Personal and Professional Development:
2012, Stonebridge College Associates, Level 3 Sports massage.
2016, The Coaches Training Institute (CTI), 107 hours Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP),
2016, Elastic Steel, certificate of kinesiological stretching technique, (EFCT)
2017, The Coaches Training Institute, Certified Professional Co-active Coach (CPCC).
2017, The International Coaching Federation (ICF), 2017, Associate Certified Coach

Key Publications, Papers and Conferences

Sanger, P (Author) 2013, Dance is my River. May 2013, Dancing times.

Choreographic Artefacts

Sanger, P (chor) (2018) The Great Unwashed. Dance Performance. NSCD. Riley Theatre Leeds

Sanger, P (chor) (2018) Forces. Dance Performance, NSCD, Riley Theatre, Leeds

Sanger, P (chor.) (2017-18) For Only An Hour. Dance Theatre performance. Seven Arts, Leeds  and Live Arts Bistro, Leeds.

Sanger, P (chor.) (2017) A Matter of Impression. Dance performance, Barnsley Civic. Kings Lynn, The Corn Exchange. March 2017, The  Lowry, Manchester. April 2017, The Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds.

Sanger, P (chor.) (2016) Something Ordinary. Live art performance. December 2016 and December 2017, Seven Arts Centre, Leeds

Sanger, P (chor.) (2014) The Dancing Plague. Dance performance, January 2015, The Robin Howard Theatre, The Place, London

Sanger, P (dir.) (2013) Work for Idle Hands. Devised theatre performance. Feb 2013, Vantage Art Prize, Leeds

Sanger, P (dir. chor.) (2012) Mandala. Devised dance theatre performance, November 2012, The Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

Sanger. P (chor.) (2012) Beyond the Parasol. Dance performance and dance platform, July 2012, The Riley Theatre, NSCD, Leeds