Thank you for your interest in the BA (Hons) Dance (Contemporary) at NSCD.
Applications are now closed for 2022 entry.
Our audition process is now a single audition – in person at NSCD or by video submission.
Watch the 2 phrases here
Full details can be found in the sections below under ‘IMPORTANT INFORMATION’
NSCD auditions all applicants and our audition process is designed to assess your potential as a dance artist and your suitability for our courses. We welcome all applicants regardless of disability, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or religion. Application fee waivers are available for UK applicants from low income households.
Find out what to expect with our Audition Prep Workshops.
Visit the Course information page for full course details and entry requirements.
Our application form is available on this page until the closing date.
In-person audition places are limited so we recommend early submission of your application to guarantee your preferred audition date/time. We are unable to guarantee an in-person audition if places become full before the closing dates.
Our application form asks for:
Please read our application guidance below for more detailed information:
Once you submit your application you will be redirected to NSCD Box Office either to:
a) book your audition, subject to availability (if auditioning in person) and pay the application fee
b) pay the application fee (if auditioning by video)
Applications without payment will not be processed.
You will also receive an email confirmation from firstname.lastname@example.org. Please check and save this email. We recommend you add this email address to your contacts to avoid emails going into your junk/spam folder.
The application fee is a one-off payment of £20 when you book your audition. No further fee is required as part of the audition process.
Fee waiver scheme
NSCD is currently an affiliate of the Conservatoire for Dance & Drama (CDD), who offer a number of fee waivers to UK undergraduate applicants with low household income. Fee waiver applications are made direct to CDD below:
IMPORTANT: This scheme is oversubscribed, so we advise applying as soon as possible. On receipt of a fee waiver, please ensure you make your NSCD application within 4 weeks, otherwise your fee waiver may be reallocated to another applicant.
If awarded a fee waiver, CDD will inform us. We will then contact you either to confirm a fee refund (if you have already booked your audition and paid) or to provide a discount code for you to use at checkout (if you haven’t already booked your audition).
(Applicants wishing to audition on the dates above must submit their application and book their audition by 6 December 2021 at the latest.)
All in-person auditions take place at NSCD, 98 Chapeltown Road, Leeds LS7 4BH
NSCD auditions are designed to give you a taste of what we offer in our training. The audition includes technical and creative sessions, led by NSCD staff and supported by student demonstrators.
Games & short tasks to help you relax, feel at ease and get to know the group. This is also an opportunity for you to show your individuality in response to specific improvisation tasks that focus on exploring quality/texture of movement.
A combination of pre-learnt and unseen exercises/phrases. You will need to learn these two movement phrases ahead of your audition. These will be repeated in this session, along with additional phrases taught on the day. All phrases incorporate a mix of styles, drawing on release-based contemporary, ballet, floor work and Cunningham. A video teaching the phrases you need to learn in advance of your audition can be viewed here.
Using material from the previous Technical Practices session, and the earlier Improvisation session, you will work in small groups to create a short piece of choreography.
We’ll ask you to reflect on the Creative/Choreography group task and discuss your ambitions and reasons for applying to NSCD.
Watch our YOUTUBE SERIES for what to expect
Video auditions should be provided as a single YouTube or Vimeo link as part of your application. Please include the following in your video:
Places are awarded to candidates who demonstrate the greatest potential to benefit from the course, regardless of previous dance experience. The audition panel assesses your physical potential, performance ability and creativity, as well as critical thinking and reflective engagement.
See What is NSCD looking for in potential students? for more information
Visit the course page for entry requirements.
We aim to let successful candidates know the outcome of their audition within 2-3 weeks.
Some candidates who are not successful for our BA (Hons) Dance (Contemporary) may be offered a place on our Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) in Contemporary Dance if we feel this would be a more suitable course for you at this time. All applicants receive one of the following:
Feedback can be requested and will be provided once the audition and offer process is complete. Please note: Due to high applicant numbers we are unable to provide detailed feedback but we do provide a standard feedback format which is designed to give applicants an indication of how the panel scored their audition.