Vision & Mission - Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Our vision

To be a world-leading centre for dance education and creative development. 

Our mission

To provide an inspirational learning experience, from first contact through into the profession, enabling aspiring dance artists, and dance professionals, regardless of background, to shape the future of dance.

Through diverse educational programmes, we want the student experience to be transformative and person-centred, where we cultivate an environment of mutual respect and inclusion for all.

We want to send well-prepared graduates into the industry who can embrace change and difference and enhance the vibrant cultural landscape.

Our vision is underpinned by our core values which reflect equity and inclusion, from first contact to the excellence of our educational provision, to the support we provide our graduates and their professional development in the years ahead.

Through work of exceptional merit and highest professional standards, we develop graduates who actively seek collaboration with others.

We want to encourage and celebrate a student body that engages in knowledge exchange and works collaboratively to develop a challenging body of work that is empowering and provides creative solutions.

Through the art form and with a dedication to social justice we invest in the future of our creative and cultural society, encouraging an openness and playfulness in artistic discourse that impacts purposefully on individuals, organisations, and society, globally.

Our approach to pedagogy aspires to harness and nurture creative and academic excellence. Innovation and curiosity sit at the heart of all that we do and through all the support and care we give.

Strategic plan 2023-30

Our values

Curiosity – The ability to remain curious and inspire the curiosity of others about new themes, ideas and narratives to explore.

The Art Form – A commitment to developing the breadth of our artform, challenging ourselves to stimulate emotions and evoke responses in others.

Collaboration – Fostering a willingness to learn from one another. Valuing connections across departments, between staff, students and all individuals, partners and organisations who work with & support us.

Individuality – Creating a space in which students, teachers & all team members can take risks & openly explore different sides of their creativity, in their own unique way.

Equity (EDI) – Recognising the importance of growth as an organisation, by actioning & progressing our principles & dialogue within ever shifting contexts.

Accessibility – Identifying & adapting to individual needs, ensuring that everyone can reach their full potential.

Sustainability – We ask ourselves how we can remain resourceful, resilient and environmentally sustainable in the context of all our work, our people and place.