Useful Online Resources - Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Useful online resources

Body & Earth: seven web based somatic excursions

This project was created by Andrea Olsen and Caryn McHose with dance & digital media artist Scotty Hardwig & collaborating performers & videographers. The films are for individual & educational use, tools for teaching movement awareness and environmental practice, these films can be used individually part by part or linked for an hour-long practice & provide web-based resources to accompany the authors’ quartet of books:

All four books are held in the NSCD Library collections.

Body and Earth

DV8 Media Portal

The DV8 Media Portal allows access to resources & never seen before video excerpts of works by Lloyd Newson & DV8 Physical Theatre.

To access the portal you will need to set up an account, a basic account costs £5. Once your account has been set up you can log on via the DV8 website.

The videos & instructional materials from To Be Straight With YouCan We Talk About This? and JOHN offer a rare view into the process of making the works. These pieces marked a significant departure from past DV8 productions with all three based on verbatim interviews, & focused on the relationship between text & movement. Workpacks for To Be Straight With You, Can We Talk About This?  & JOHN are also available on the website.

Photo by Oliver Manzi

DV8 Media Portal DV8 Workpacks

The Dancers Series

Twelve beautiful Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons, delivered by Ingrid Weisfelt, designed specifically to support the movement education of people training to be professional dancers. The lessons focus on helping dancers find greater release, clearer connections, & improved efficiency of movement.

This series is open to all levels & can be enjoyed by non-dancers as well. Students & staff can access the 12 audio sessions on the NSCD Media Archive.

1. Freeing The Hip Joints
2. Roll To Reach
3. Activating The Core
4. Baby Bear Rolls
5. Discovering The Spine
6. Sitting Towards The Heels
7. Coordinating The Flexors & Extensors
8. Opening The Arms In Side Lying
9. Powerful Arching
10. Baby Alligator
11. Flying Mermaid
12. Perfecting The Self Image



Powered by BalletBoyz, MoovBank is the home of a range of free digital teaching materials for PE, dance and drama teachers.

Filmed in their Kingston studio with BalletBoyz Company dancers, lessons are based on contact work, creativity and choreography designed to develop students’ physical health, build trust, problem solve and enhance creativity.

The bank features schemes of work for students aged 7-19, lesson planstutorials with the dancers, BalletBoyz stage productions, interviews with choreographers, live streamed events from the studio, documentaries and films.

To access the resource simply follow the access button & sign up.

Moovbank Balletboyz

One Dance UK

One Dance UK is the support organisation leading the way to a stronger, more vibrant & diverse dance sector.  They provide one clear voice to:

  • Support all those working in the sector to achieve excellence in dance performance, education & management
  • Advocate for the increased profile & importance of dance in all its diverse forms & settings
  • Enhance dancers’ health, well-being & performance
  • Identify gaps, provide opportunities & improve conditions for dance to be learnt, discussed & seen

They provide membership packages for a range of individuals & organisations to support, advise & connect people across the sector.

Their aim is to create a workforce that is well-equipped to secure dance’s prominence in the cultural landscape of the future. They do this by providing services, information & opportunities for dance organisations; all dance professionals including dance artists & choreographers; dance teachers, educators & practitioners; dance managers & producers; dance medicine & science/research professionals; children & young people.

One Dance UK

British Library Resources

  • British Library Archival Sound Recordings

To access content via this resource follow the log in instructions for UK HE/FE students/staff/institutions. Select ‘Conservatoire for Dance and Drama’ if asked to select your institution & then log in using your OpenAthens password & username.

You may also be asked to register with the service.

  • British Library EThOS

Search across 300,000+ theses for free & order full text quickly & easily.

Sound Recordings EThOS

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