How to Apply: MA Contemporary Dance Performance - Northern School of Contemporary Dance

How to apply

Thank you for your interest in the MA Contemporary Dance Performance at NSCD for September 2020 entry.

Applications open on Tuesday 1st October 2019.

Applications close at midday on Wednesday 15th January 2020.

NOTE: if you wish to attend the PAS tanzmainz audition you will need to apply by Thursday 31st October 2019 – see further details in AUDITION DATES below.

NSCD auditions all applicants and our audition process is designed to assess your potential as a dance artist and your suitability for our courses.  We welcome all applicants regardless of disability, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or religion.

Please read What NSCD is looking for in potential students (click to open in pdf)

Visit the Course Information page for full details of the course and the entry requirements.


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MA Contemporary Dance Performance: VERVE and Postgraduate Apprenticeship Scheme (PAS) 1st round auditions are combined for these two courses as many candidates may wish to apply for both and this way they only need to attend one initial audition.

1st Round Auditions

Auditions at NSCD, Leeds, UK
Monday 20th January 2020
Tuesday 21st January 2020
Wednesday 22nd January 2020
Thursday 23rd January 2020
Friday 24th January 2020
Saturday 25th January 2020

Overseas Audition
Sunday 12th January 2020 Rom for Dans AS, Marstrandgata 8, 0566 Oslo, Norway

Remote Auditions (International applicants only)
Wednesday 15th January 2020 Final date to submit Remote Audition

We are also holding taster workshops in a number of cities in the United States of America in October and November 2019.  Please contact for further details.

VERVE Recall Audition
NSCD Sunday 26th January 2020

PAS Company Recall Auditions
Most company recall auditions will be in February/March and will be posted here when confirmed. However a 1st round tanzmainz audition will be held at NSCD on Monday 18th November 2019 and so you will need to make your standard application by Thursday 31st October 2019 if you wish to attend this audition.  Further details to follow.

What do the auditions involve?

The 1st round audition includes Improvisation into Ballet, for contemporary dancers, followed by a Contemporary class.  Candidates who are shortlisted from this first stage will then take part in a Creative session, Repertoire and have an individual interview.

In addition to our UK auditions we hold auditions in various locations overseas and also offer a remote audition (for International applicants only) in which you provide us with your filmed audition via a URL link to your YouTube upload or a Vimeo link.

Full details of MA Performance Audition Information (Leeds and Overseas) (Click to open pdf)

Full details of MA Performance VERVE Remote Audition Information (Click to open pdf)

Please note: MA Contemporary Dance Performance PAS is not open to applications from International students (those who will require a Tier 4 Student Visa to study in the UK) due to UK Visa and Immigration restrictions; the course largely takes place ‘off-site’ at the Company venue and therefore does not allow us to meet sponsor duties.

Audition Fee

The application / audition fee is £50 which is payable through our online Box Office at the point you book your selected audition date. There is no additional charge for recall auditions.  We are unable to process applications until your audition has been booked and paid for.

How to Apply

We have a limited number of places available at our auditions and so recommend early submission of your application to secure your preferred audition date. We are unable to guarantee an audition place if they become fully booked before the closing date. Most applications are made and auditions booked by late December.

Full details of MA Performance Application Information (Click to open pdf)

The NSCD online application form will be available on this web page between the opening and closing dates.

Audition Outcomes

We make our first shortlist at the end of stage 1 of the audition.

  • Candidates who are shortlisted from the first round audition, for one or both of the above courses, would then need to attend either the VERVE recall audition and/or some or all of the PAS Company auditions.
  • Candidates who are shortlisted from the Remote auditions will be invited to the VERVE Recall Audition as this is a good opportunity for you to learn more about NSCD and VERVE. However, if you are unable to attend you will still be considered for a place.
  • VERVE offers are made shortly after the recall audition
  • PAS offers are usually made after the final company audition to ensure that informed choices are possible for candidates (it is possible that offers can be made for more than one company placement which you would need to be aware of before accepting one placement).
  • Candidates who are offered a place will be given 2-3 weeks to accept.
  • Shortlisted candidates who are not initially offered a place after their recall auditions will then be placed on our reserve list with potential further offers being made over the following weeks.

Audition feedback is available on request to and will be provided after the offers are made.  It will consist of one of the three descriptions* as due to high applicant numbers we are unable to provide more detailed feedback. (*listed in: What is NSCD looking for in potential students?)

Find out more

For any further queries, please contact NSCD Admissions Team:
T: 0113 219 3050