Vision & Mission - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


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


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.


We want the student experience to be transformative and person-centred, where identities are nurtured, voices are heard, and different cultures and backgrounds can mix and find heartfelt expression. We want to send well-prepared graduates into the industry who can encourage the sector to embrace change, and celebrate the impact and value that quality dance work and dance education can bring to human beings and society.

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

We want to 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 encourage 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.

Read our Strategic Plan 2017-22


We value:

  • The transformative power of dance and arts education; to uplift, inspire, stimulate our emotions and help us create a tolerant and cohesive society.
  • Inclusive learning and collaboration in a spirit of mutual respect and generosity.
  • Curiosity, self-reflection and open-mindedness
  • Creative risk-taking, innovation and investment in on-going artist and artform development
  • Aspiration, self-motivation and dedication in striving for excellence
  • Diversity – our differences as well as the things that we have in common, and that diversity inspires creativity and enriches our lives
  • Our relationship to local, regional, national and international communities and the wider dance ecology
  • The nurturing and investment that leads to independence and resilience
  • Using resources in a way that is responsible and environmentally sustainable