NSCD is excited to be expanding its offering to include more diverse forms of dance. We are currently seeking applications to our new Certificate of Higher Education in Contemporary Urban Dance, due to start in September 2020.
This 1-year course will explore a breadth of dance styles with close connections to popular and youth cultures, encompassing African/Caribbean Carnival dance, House, Vogue and Street/Hip-hop.
The programme has been developed in collaboration with leading dance professionals in Leeds, including alumna and Phoenix Dance Theatre Artistic Director Sharon Watson. Speaking of her involvement, she said: "I am thrilled to have been able to contribute... I hope that by broadening the range of genres the school can offer, we see a diverse uptake of fresh new talent."
Working through social and cultural contexts, students will get to examine the role of Urban dance styles in telling the stories of individuals, communities and regions.
Students will have chance to develop and refine their improvisation, freestyle and choreographic skills, and take technique classes in Contemporary and Ballet to contextualise and enrich the Urban focus. Multiple performance opportunities both at Riley Theatre and off-site will enable students to build confidence and generate their own unique movement language.
NSCD's CertHE programmes have a strong track record of preparing students for further professional training in Higher Education – 98% of our CertHE students progressed to further dance training at either NSCD, another conservatoire or at university in 2018 .
We are currently accepting applications to all of our courses for 2020 entry.