Announcing Watson Dance Project - NEW Postgraduate Pathway


Wednesday 2nd March 2022, 7:52pm Announcing Watson Dance Project – NEW Postgraduate Pathway

We are thrilled to announce Watson Dance Project – a new postgraduate opportunity as part of our MA Contemporary Dance Performance: Professional Placement Scheme (PPS) for 2022 entry

What is the offer?

This professional placement option is an exciting opportunity to work intensively with CEO & Principal of NSCD, Sharon Watson MBE, DL to develop and perform work that extends beyond the theatre as a space or experience, in projects that will form part of Leeds 2023, a landmark year of culture for the city.

Over the course of one intensive year, students will embrace cross-sector creativity and multidisciplinary practice to produce a body of artistic work which engages the alternative, including:

  • Outdoor work
  • Mass participation work
  • Working with non-dancers

Through professional development, and work with creative partners, the programme aims to support dancers who wish to build artistic significance in the communities we work and live in.

What will study look like?

Study will be through a practice-led approach to performance over a period of 10 months.

Students will receive workshops/masterclasses and talks from leading creatives, in addition to intensive creation and rehearsal blocks on a project basis, studying:

  • Technical practice
  • Rehearsal modes
  • Company practice
  • Performance practice

Between June – August 2023 students have the option to undertake an MA Research Project. Students not wishing to gain the full MA award will have the option to graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Dance Performance in June.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for dance artists and graduates who have at least three years’ dance training or related performance experience, who are open and receptive to:

  • Ensemble performance and/or collaborative practice which champions individualism, and connection with a wider community
  • Connecting concepts and movement forms with specific sites in mind
  • Discovery, innovation and experimentation
  • The transdisciplinary potential of dance and practice-based work

Darren Carr, Vice Principal of Northern School of Contemporary Dance, said:

“It is always exciting to be able to offer additional development opportunities and pathways for dance graduates. Watson Dance Project will shortly be joining a growing portfolio of choices for students applying to the MA Contemporary Dance Performance (Professional Placement Scheme) for 2022 entry. Working towards a year of creative brilliance, energy and culture, that will platform the city of Leeds on a world stage in Leeds 2023, it is fantastic that we are able to offer a unique series of events where students joining this course have chance to work intensively with, and be mentored by the School’s CEO, Principal and Artistic director of this project, Sharon Watson, MBE, DL as well as in collaboration with other artists. The project will support and show our commitment to this important arts and culture-based milestone for the city.”

Sharon Watson MBE, CEO and Principal of Northern School of Contemporary Dance, said:

“As a school of distinction, the jobs and expectations of our artists are always growing and expanding into new territory. Every day we see the benefit of having a multi-disciplinary approach to making work as it really allows the work to exist beyond the theatre space and reach a diverse audience nationally and internationally.

Watson Dance Project provides the opportunity to add another strand to the development of our artists, by working excellence into the community, supporting participatory dance and driving the way forward.