Jade Aitchison - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


Learning & Participation Co-ordinator

Role and responsibilities:

Jade works alongside members of the Learning & Participation Team, to support, identify and develop projects and activities. Engaging and educating young people and adults in dance.
Her main responsibilities include coordinating, planning and administrating the delivery of classes, outreach, community activities and projects.


Jade gained a BA Honours Degree in Dance Studies from Middlesex University, alongside which and upon graduating she worked and performed as part of an emerging Hip Hop & Contemporary Dance Company ‘Blanc Canvas Dance’.

Following this she worked across various freelance roles; performing for stage, site-specific, television and online platforms, working within marketing/ audience development, teaching/ mentoring, choreographing and project managing events.

In 2015 she became Youth Dance Coordinator at The Lowry Theatre in Salford, later taking on the Maternity Cover role of Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) Manager. Recognized for her contribution to the growth and development of the North West CAT Programme, Regional Outreach work and advocacy for access to dance. Including leading on and coordinating key projects for festivals such as; the Regional Youth Dance Festival ‘U.Dance NW’, the National U.Dance Festival and ‘Dance:Sampled’ part of ‘The Movement’ Partnership with Sadler’s Wells, The Lowry & Birmingham Hippodrome, focused on developing new audiences for dance and creating access across different dance forms.

Jade joined Northern School of Contemporary Dance as Learning and Participation Co-ordinator at the start of 2021. Alongside her role at NSCD, Jade independently choreographs and produces her own work and continues to support the development of other artists as a consultant, dramaturg and collaborator.

Jade is passionate about creating access and opportunity within the arts, whether this be through enriched engagement projects, mentoring and consultation with young and emerging artists/ leaders or developing creative initiatives and partnerships that expand access to the arts. Within all areas of her work she maximises it as an opportunity to empower people through movement and remove barriers surrounding dance and art.