TRACY WITNEY

Head of Learning & Participation

BA Hons Degree in Dance

Role and responsibilities:

Tracy is responsible for overseeing and managing all  activity delivered within the Learning & Participation programme at NSCD including weekly children's, youth and adult classes (including the Centre for Advanced Training), Easter & summer schools, schools provision, community workshops and bespoke projects . Her work also includes embedding education work within the curriculum at NSCD with the Access, Degree & Post Graduate level Tracy also delivers workshops focusing on teaching skills, work within the community and safe dance practice.

Tracy is also our Safeguarding & Prevent Lead and holds responsibility for the role of Widening Participation Officer at NSCD.

Career history

Tracy gained her BA Honours Degree in Dance at Bretton Hall College, Leeds University. She worked as a freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer on varying projects across the UK. In 2000 she decided to follow her passion of teaching full time and became the Education Officer then Manger for Phoenix Dance Theatre. She worked with Phoenix for 8 years under the artistic direction of Thea Nerrisa Barnes, Darshan Singh Bhuller and Javier De Frutos, her work included delivery & management of the company’s outreach programme, youth dance company and education resources.

In 2008 she joined Northern School of Contemporary Dance as Head of Learning and Participation. Since joining NSCD Tracy has expanded the Centre for Advanced Training, instigated new youth programmes and established our boys only youth company with partner organisations. She is on a number of networks across the UK as a passionate advocate for dance, which includes Co – Chair of the Children & Young Peoples Dance Network North.

Tracy has strategic overview of the Widening Participation programme at NSCD including representing the school on the panel for the Conservatiore for Dance & Drama.