Daniel Lukehurst - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


BA (Hons) in Dance (Contemporary)

Why did you decide to study contemporary dance?
I decided to study contemporary dance because it was the only art form I thought I could truly express myself in. It physically pushed me as well as creatively challenging me.

What do you enjoy about training in Leeds at NSCD?
I love the atmosphere at NSCD, it’s such a family-like vibe. Everyone at Northern knows each other and care for one another, they support each other and that kind of atmosphere is brilliant to be around after a long day of training.

What is life as a dance student like?
Tiring! Though it’s really fun and I’ve learnt a lot in just a few years I’ve been here.

What are the highlights of your time at NSCD so far?
The development projects at the end of second year was a big highlight because it showed me how creative all my year are and it gave me so much hope and enthusiasm for people I train with every day.

What are your career goals?
Overall I would like to be a choreographer but I’m not really content with just doing that. I compose music and I really want to write a play and build a big treehouse. I suppose I just want to make things. I’m not happy just doing one thing.

What advice would you give to people thinking of studying contemporary dance?
From personal experience I can definitely tell you it’s worth it. I have my doubts when applying for schools as I didn’t know if contemporary would be something I would enjoy or get work in but now I can say with 100% certainty that I made the right choice.