Hire - Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Northern School of Contemporary Dance incorporates rehearsal studios, meeting rooms and an on-site performance venue, Riley Theatre. These facilities are an inspiring and practical venue for businesses, arts and education uses.


NSCD is developed around two historic Grade 2 listed buildings and as a result the layout has some accessibility restrictions. All floors of the School are accessible via the lifts at the front entrance, near Studio 3 and via the rear entrance of the School. There are however access restrictions within some of the back-stage areas of the Theatre. The theatre is therefore  partially accessible for performers and audience members.

Please provide details of any accessibility needs at the time of booking so that we can plan in advance of your visit.

The following spaces are available to hire:

Riley Theatre

See the Riley Theatre website for further details and technical information


NSCD has eight large dance studios, all of which have:

  • Comprehensive audio system
  • Piano
  • Ballet barres
  • Mirrors
  • Fully sprung dance sub-floor
  • Grey dance top floor (all except one which has a wooden floor)
  • Video projection or monitor playback facilities

Lighting Studio

Suitability: Intimate space with lighting facilities. Ideal for photography and filming.
Size: 9.5m x 9.2m
Floor: Sprung, Covered

An intimate space used for stagecraft practice, rehearsals and performances. The lighting studio is an alternative performance space for installations, informal sharings, video and multimedia work, as well as being an ideal space to learn about the technical aspects of theatre such as lighting, sound and stage management.

Meeting Room

Suitability: Meetings, classes, music lessons
Size: 8.4m x 4.9m
Presentation facilities: Large TV screen to connect to laptop. Equipment for refreshments.
Set-up: Boardroom

Seminar Room

Presentation facilities: Projector and screen. Desktop computer.
Size: 7.3m x 5.5m
Set-up: Classroom
Suitability: Meetings, classes, music lessons

Further details & costs

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