Tracy Witney - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


Head of Learning & Participation / Safeguarding & Prevent Lead

BA Hons Degree in Dance

Additional Qualifications
Designated Safeguarding Lead
WRAP Trainer
First Aider

Role and responsibilities
As a member of the Senior Management Team, Tracy has overall responsibility for NSCD’s outward facing Learning & Participation and Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) Programmes.

Her work contributes towards the strategic development and delivery of NSCD’s Widening Participation activity as part of the school’s Access and Participation Plan. Other responsibilities include cementing and resourcing partnership work with organisations, businesses and networks locally, nationally and internationally.

Tracy is also the Safeguarding & Prevent Lead for the whole school.

Who am I?

Born and bred in Oxfordshire my first introduction to dance was at my local village hall, which not only ignited my passion for dance but also community provision. After completing my degree at Bretton Hall I decided to stay in Yorkshire and try my luck as a freelance artist and the rest is history.

Leeds has been my home for the last 25 years and I love the vibrancy of the city, so much so that my roots are now firmly embedded here with my family.

Career History

Tracy completed her undergraduate training in Dance at Bretton Hall College, Leeds University, before embarking on a career as a freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer on varying projects across the UK.

In 2000 she joined Phoenix Dance Theatre, teaching extensively in Primary, Secondary and FE / HE levels. She moved upwards through the Education team to become Interim General Manager. During her time at Phoenix she worked under the artistic direction of Thea Nerrisa Barnes, Darshan Singh Bhuller and Javier De Frutos.

Tracy joined NSCD in the role of Head of Learning & Participation and has expanded the provision and reach of the department. As a passionate advocate for dance Tracy holds roles across several networks, supporting and developing community and pre-vocational dance.

A passionate advocate of the power of dance, Tracy has worked in dance education for over 25 years as a freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer and latterly as programme lead at NSCD. Her past positions have included Education Manager and Interim General Manager for Phoenix Dance Theatre, taking on the role of Head of Education at NSCD in 2000. Tracy has initiated new programmes of activity including courses, masterclasses and expanded previous programmes of activity, developing the strategic vision of NSCD’s Widening Participation activity.

Professional activity

Chair of the National Centres for Advanced Training (CAT) Managers Group

Co-Chair – Strategic Action Group – Children and Young People’s Dance Network North

Safeguarding Governor at Richmond Hill Academy (Primary) & Hillcrest Academy (Primary)

Strategic Member of PIPA – Parents in Performing Arts Network

Event Programming

Collide 2018 & 2020