VERVE Easter Intensive 2023 - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


verve easter intensive 2023

Tuesday 11th April 2023 - Friday 14th April 2023
10am – 4pm each day

Our four-day Easter intensive is an inspiring and creative experience for young dancers aged 15-18

Gain new skills and discover what the future could hold for you as a dancer.

  • Take daily technique classes and creative sessions
  • Learn VERVE repertoire from former VERVE dancers
  • Perform in an open sharing at our on-site venue, Riley Theatre

VERVE is the in-house company of Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Each year the company commissions choreographers from around the world to create a bold and inventive new programme of dance work, touring nationally February – May.

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Who can attend?

This intensive is recommended for dancers aged 15 – 18 at intermediate level. You may be part of a CAT scheme, youth dance company, or attend evening dance classes on a regular basis.

You don’t need to be a student at NSCD to attend.

What does the course involve?

Each morning includes a technique or improvisation class followed by a repertoire class where you will learn material from works by international choreographers Alesandra Seutin and Sita Ostheimer.

Afternoons include creative and choreographic sessions in an inspiring studio environment, where you can test out ideas and work collaboratively with people with a shared passion for dance towards a performance at the end of the week.

Students will also have the opportunity to watch excerpts of work, learn more about VERVE and find out more about what the future could look like for them in the world of dance.

Meet your course leaders

The course is led by experienced alumni from the postgraduate dance company of NSCD, VERVE, all of whom have worked with exceptional practitioners across many movement practices in the development of their artistry. Meet your tutors.

You’ll also have the chance to meet VERVE Curriculum Lead, Matteo Marfoglia, who believes:

“Dance is a creative dialogue, which I believe everyone should feel a part of.”

What work will the course be based on?

Throughout the week, you’ll push the boundaries of dance by learning contemporary choreography from ‘Blackbird’, a work by international performer, choreographer, dramaturg and teacher, Alesandra Seutin, and ‘The Unbearable’, a work by freelance choreographer, dancer and workshop leader, Sita Ostheimer.

‘Blackbird’ was inspired by Nina Simone’s life as an artist and her music, exploring the passing of time and the relevance of her life and work today. ‘The Unbearable’ is a highly physical work about human connection and the courage to advance into the unknown.

Alesandra’s dynamic portfolio includes work that has premiered at Sadler’s Wells and Sita is the Artistic Director of Berlin-based Sita Ostheimer Company, a platform for artists to develop and explore the possibilities of their artform.

Will I have the chance to perform what I create?

On the final day of the course, after creating and rehearsing throughout the week, everyone on the course will have the opportunity to invite friends and family to see them perform on stage at Yorkshire’s largest dedicated dance house – Riley Theatre.


A discretionary amount of bursaries are available for those who need financial support to get involved. Participants seeking support should apply for a bursary online.

Should you need any support in making your application please contact or call 0113 219 3005

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Unfortunately, NSCD is unable to provide accommodation for VERVE Easter Intensive participants, and those travelling from further afield will need to arrange their own accommodation for the week.

NSCD is located close to Leeds City Centre and a range of affordable accommodation, including Premier Inn and Travelodge.


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