Deborah Ford - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


Lecturer in Technique & Performance Practice (Contemporary)

BA Hons in Contemporary Dance
Postgraduate Performance (Edge-PGDip), London Contemporary Dance School, First class honours and distinction
Currently undertaking the Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) qualification

Additional qualifications: 

  • Yoga Teacher (Hot Vinyasa) Go Yoga, Harrogate. Fully qualified July 2018.

Role and responsibilities:

  • Contemporary Technique
  • Development and delivery of Fitness programme
  • Yoga & Restorative rest
  • Performance Practice
  • Personal tutor
  • Creative and choreography mentor

“My teaching uses the rigour and clarity of Cunningham based technique combined with exploring energy in relation to gravity and weight in terms of fall, rebound, recovery and suspension. To be a dancer in the continually evolving Contemporary dance scene of today requires a solid, versatile technique, mental and physical resilience and an individual artistic voice. My work aims to encourage, develop and realise student potential within all these skill areas.”

Career History

Deborah studied both undergraduate (BA Hons in Contemporary Dance ) and Postgraduate Performance dance courses (Edge-PGDip) at London Contemporary Dance School, receiving First class honours and distinction in her work. She is currently undertaking the Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) qualification.

Deborah now works part-time at the school, in order to complete her studies as a yoga practitioner and to fulfil her important role as mum to her three young children.

Deborah has twenty three year’s continuous professional experience in Dance and Dance Education, thirteen of those years working exclusively as a performer, nationally and internationally and ten years teaching in Higher Education.

On completing her dance training at London Contemporary Dance School Deborah danced with the Postgraduate Performance Company, performing works created by Wayne McGregor, Henri Oguike, Mark Baldwin and revivals of works by Siobhan Davies and Paul Taylor. On graduating she performed for several years in physical theatre company Earthfall touring nationally and in Europe. For eight years Deborah then performed with the repertoire company National Dance Company Wales, rising to the position of Senior dancer and mentoring the company’s apprentices. Deborah was involved in the creation and performance of over 40 new works whilst in the company. Choreographers she has worked with include: Sean Feldman (UK), Zvi Gotheiner (USA), Tommi Kitti (Finland), Hélène Blackburn (Canada), Stign Cellis (Belgium), Tony Mira (Spain), Juan Carlos Garcia (Spain) and Sean Tuan John (Wales). In 2006 she was an Associate on The Bank Project at the Siobhan Davies Dance Studios.

Deborah joined NSCD in January 2007 as Rehearsal Director for VERVE in its inaugural year. During her ten years at the school she has held both teaching and managerial roles and responsibilities contributing substantially to the education and training developments across the curriculum.

Professional Activity and Research Interests

  • Ashtanga yoga, sports yoga, yoga philosophy and Kundalini.
  • Inclusive practice methods within the dance studio