Fernanda Prata - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


Lecturer in Performance and Creative & Contextual Studies, Course Leader for MA Dance & Creative Enterprise

MA, Master of Arts, London Contemporary Dance School
Postgraduate Diploma, Advanced Dance Studies, London Contemporary Dance School

Additional qualifications:

  • Yoga Teacher Training Diploma, British Wheel of Yoga, Triyoga, London
  • BA Contemporary Dance and Teaching, Angel Vianna University R.J, Brazil
  • Diploma in Theatre Arts, Casa das Artes De Laranjeiras R.J, Brazil

Role and responsibilities:

Fernanda works across both the Performance and Creative & Contextual Studies faculties. Fernanda will be joint programme leader for the MA Dance & Creative Enterprise programme, contributing to areas such as Dance Technique, Professional Practice, Dance Perspectives in Practice and Research Project (MA practice-led Dissertation).

“My teaching process is directly influenced from my own experiences as a performer where I have worked with a variety of techniques, inspired by a number of teachers, directors and choreographers. I teach based on experiential learning and my aim is to provide a supported and safe space for the learners, encouraging them to explore movement and go beyond their limits. My aim when teaching is to let each student embody the material they explore to find a self-discovery and their own way of moving.”

Career history

Fernanda is a freelance dance artist, choreographer and teacher. As a performer Fernanda worked with Punchdrunk as a core member of the company since 2006. She went on to become their Assistant Director and Rehearsal Director for their  production ‘The Drowned Man’ in 2013/2014.

Other companies she has worked for as a performer include: Jasmin Vardimon, Protein, Vincent Dance Theatre, Stan Won’t Dance and Theatre Rites. She has also worked in theatre productions such as ‘Timon of Athens’ for The Globe Theatre, ‘The Beggars Opera’ Regents Park Open Air Theatre and ‘Every Good Boy Deserves Favour’ for The National Theatre in London.

As a teacher she worked as a freelance for many years, leading several workshops all over the UK and Europe. These workshops ranged from dance classes to physical theatre practices. In 2011 Fernanda became part of the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance Faculty, teaching Contemporary Technique and acting as Academic Tutor for the BA Programme. In 2017 she joined NSCD  as a Lecturer in Performance and a Lecturer in Creative & Contextual Studies.

Fernanda is also a Yoga Practitioner, with a particular interest in Yoga as therapy. She is accredit by British Wheel of Yoga and has completed various courses including ‘Yoga as Therapy’, ‘Yoga Nidra’ and ‘Pregnancy Yoga’.

As a choreographer, Fernanda has been making a variety of works including commissions from Horniman Museum & Gardens, London Contemporary Dance School, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Centre of Advanced Training UK, as well as theatre productions such as ‘Midsummer’s Night Dream’ directed by Steven Grihault, ‘Carmem’ directed by Dan Allum and ‘Urinetown’ directed by Josh Seymour.

Professional Activity

  • 2018, Gender Moves, Yorkshire Dance
  • 2018, hoME –An exploration on how we construct ourselves via the place we live Research & Development Via CDD and NSCD
  • 2016, CARNE, Reseach & Development via Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Research Interests

  • Performance Practice & theory
  • Identity & Body
  • Dance and Narrative
  • Immersive Theatre and sensorial experiences
  • Performance Art & Audience participation

Performance artefacts (selection)

Prata, F (chor) (2018) An Open Book. Choreography for BA3 NSCD, Leeds. U.K

Seymour, J (dir) (2017) Urinetown: The Musical. Movement Direction and choreography by Fernanda Prata. The Pleasance Theatre, Islington.

Allum, D (2017) Carmen. Company Romany Theatre. Movement Direction and Choreography for R&D by Fernanda Prata. The Junction Theatre, Cambridge

Grihault, S (2017) Midsummer Nights Dream. Movement Direction and Choreography by Fernanda Prata. Caramel Theatre. Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

Prata, F (chor.) NÓS (2016). Commission by The Horniman Museum & Gardens

Prata, F (chor.) (2016) I Will Do All That Again. Choreography for 3rd years LCDS, BA Programme

Prata, F (chor.) (2016) Pororoca. Choreography for Trinity Laban CAT Programme

CULT (2016) A performance project commissioned by Selfridges, curated by Wayne McGregor.

Prata, F (chor.) (2016) Family Portraits/Living. Choreography for Mountview Academy of Arts, London, UK

Prata, F (chor.) (2015) Never Look Back. Choreography for The Place CAT Programme.
London, UK

Prata, F (chor and movement dir.) (2014) NYDT. Movement Director.
London, UK

Barrett, F & Doyle, M (dir) (2013) The Drowned Man. Assistant Director, Rehearsal Director & Choreographer Associate. Punchdrunk. London, UK