Timeline

1985
Leeds City Council establishes the Northern School of Contemporary Dance as the first dance school within the public sector.

1987
NSCD moves to its permanent home, a former synagogue in Chapeltown.

1988
The first cohort of students graduate from the School.
The School’s Dome Theatre opens its doors to contemporary dance audiences.

1991
NSCD affiliates to the University of Leeds to develop the Bachelor of Performing Arts degree programme.

1992
NSCD establishes the Dance Foundation Course.

1993
NSCD becomes a designated Further Education College.
The Dome Theatre is renamed The Riley Theatre in memory of Jeff Riley, the theatre’s first technician.

1994
NSCD achieves designation as a Higher Education Institution.

1997
The standard of educational provision at NSCD is awarded 23 out of a possible 24 points by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

1998
Minister for the Arts, Mark Fisher, officially opens the £3.2 million re-development of the School with funding support from the National Lottery through the Arts Council of England and the Foundation for Sports and the Arts.

1999
Following the Hosier review of HEFCE funding of performing arts institutions, the School receives enhanced funding in recognition of its specialist status.

2001
The Bachelor of Performing Arts degree award is upgraded to Honours status.
The Graduate Diploma course is introduced.
NSCD’s founding Principal, Nadine Senior, MBE, retires.

2002
Gurmit Hukam is appointed as NSCD’s Principal.

2003
NSCD becomes affiliated to the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama.

2004
NSCD establishes Yorkshire Young Dancers Advanced Training Scheme in partnership with Northern Ballet Theatre.

2006
NSCD ends its long affiliation to the University of Leeds and transfers its programme validation arrangements to the University of Kent.
Verve, NSCD’s graduate performance company, is launched and embarks on its first tour in 2007.

2007
An additional studio is created within Brandsby Lodge, bringing the total to 8 large dance studios.

 

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