Coronavirus/ COVID-19 update - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


Thursday 16th April 2020, 5:00pm Coronavirus/ COVID-19 update



Updated Thursday 16 April 2020

Our building is currently closed to students and the public until further notice

We would like to thank everyone in our community for their understanding, and for responding with responsibility, commitment and flexibility at this time.

Click below for full guidance on staying at home and social distancing:

Students and staff:

With the current advice for everyone who can, to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives, the school remains closed to students, the public and staff (excluding those essential to the building function and those who cannot work from home for specific tasks and so need to access the building).

From Monday 20 April our Higher Education/Conservatoire provision and prevocational provision (Centre for Advanced Training) will be delivered online, with students and staff working remotely from home until further notice.

The above will be reviewed as and when new guidance is issued. All students and staff will be contacted directly with any updates by email.

We have also created an FAQ page which we will keep updated to answer any questions you may have:

FAQ - students


All remaining HE/conservatoire auditions for September 2020 entry to our courses are now by video. We have extended the deadlines for certain courses to give applicants the best chance of recording and uploading the required footage:

The application process for our MA Dance & Creative Enterprise is unaffected and the deadline remains 20 May 2020. The application process for our PG Diploma in Arts Learning & Teaching in Higher Education is also unaffected and the deadline remains 19 July 2020.

Further information can be found on our How to Apply pages.

Updates to auditions for our prevocational Centre for Advanced Training will be announced shortly.

Weekly community classes & Saturday school:

All our weekly evening classes and Saturday school classes are currently on hold until at least the end of May 2020. We will review this following the most up-to-date government advice.

We will continue to keep all participants currently on our records updated with the latest directly by email. If you’re not currently a participant and would like to receive updates you can join our mailing list here and select ‘Take Part’. We look forward to seeing you as soon as things return to normal.

Riley Theatre events:

Our building is now closed to the public until further notice and we will review the situation in light of any updated government guidance. The following events due to take place in the summer term have been cancelled:

  • EDGE – Mixed Bill 29 April 2020
  • Bodhi Project – 6 May 2020
  • NYDC – 21 June 2020

The following performance has been postponed:

  • VERVE – 6 June 2020

We advise ticketholders to retain their tickets for this performance and to await further updates, however if you would like to claim a gift voucher to the value of your ticket(s) or claim a full refund please get in touch with us at

We will let all our audience members know when we’re due to reopen and look forward to seeing you as soon as possible. To be the first to know when we reopen, sign up to our mailing list here


All external hirers have been contacted and all hire arrangements have been suspended until further notice.