Professional placement companies announced for 2021/22 - NSCD


Monday 9th November 2020, 12:54pm Professional placement companies announced for 2021/22
Image: Scottish Dance Theatre in 'The Circle' by Emanuel Gat © Brian Hartley

We are delighted to announce the full list of companies participating in our Professional Placement Scheme (PPS) in 2021/22.

Applications are now open to join the scheme.  Undertake extensive professional development and refine your performance skills, as a member of an established professional dance company:

Tanzmainz (apply by 9am, 23November 2020)

2Faced Dance Company

Ace Dance & Music

Black Box Dance Company

Candoco Dance Company

Company Chameleon

James Wilton Dance - new for 2021

Jasmin Vardimon Company - new for 2021 (open to 2020 graduates or earlier, only)


Phoenix Dance Theatre

Scottish Dance Theatre - new for 2021

Stopgap Dance Company


This postgraduate pathway is open to graduates of two/three year dance training programmes at higher education level, who would therefore usually be 21+ years of age, or to dance artists with some professional experience.

Please note: those who are interested in a placement with Tanzmainz must apply by the earlier deadline of midday, Sunday 15 November 2020.

Due to Visa restrictions, students outside the UK are only eligible to apply for a placement with Phoenix Dance Theatre in Leeds.

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All dancers are enrolled on NSCD’s MA in Contemporary Dance Performance (PPS)

Course info How to apply

Statement from course leader Tiia Ourila

Tiia OurilaThis year we are delighted to increase the number of companies on board, welcoming Scottish Dance Theatre, Jasmin Vardimon Company and James Wilton Dance to the scheme. As companies around the world adapt to the restrictions of the pandemic, developing resilience and new ways of engaging audiences, I am thrilled to be leading a course that enables dancers to continue to gain real-world professional experience, whatever form that may take. 

The breadth of work, styles and focus on the list is exciting, and offers dancers a great deal of choice. We continue to recruit the very best of today’s emerging talent, and are excited, as are the companies, to see this year’s applications.