How to Apply: BA (Hons) Dance (Contemporary) - Northern School of Contemporary Dance

How to apply

Thank you for your interest in the BA (Hons) Dance (Contemporary) at NSCD.

Applications for 2022 entry are now open

Applications will close on 31st January 2022.

The audition process now consists of a single onsite or remote video audition. 

  1. Apply online using the form provided
  2. Book your preferred audition type: in person onsite or video (there is only a booking requirement for onsite)
  3. Pre-learn 2 contemporary phrases using the film provided

Full details can be found in the sections below

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.

Visit the Course Information page for full details of the course and the entry requirements.

Fees & Finance

Important information


The application form is available on this page until the final closing date.

Places at our auditions are limited so we recommend early submission of your application to guarantee your preferred audition date/time. We are unable to guarantee an audition if places become full before the closing dates.

Our application form asks for:

  1. Personal details
  2. Place of academic education
  3. Qualifications
  4. Place of dance education
  5. Headshot photo
  6. Personal statement (250 – 500 words)
  7. Equality & Diversity information

Please read our application guidance below for more detailed information:


Once you submit your application you will be redirected to book and pay for your Stage 1 Audition (subject to availability). Applications without an audition booking/payment will not be processed.

You will also receive an email confirmation from 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.

Audition fee waiver scheme

NSCD is an affiliate of the Conservatoire for Dance & Drama (CDD), who offer a number of audition fee waivers to undergraduate applicants from the UK with low household income. Places are limited and so early application is advised. Fee waiver applications are made direct to CDD below:


IMPORTANT: This scheme has more applicants than can be offered places. To ensure that all of the allocated waivers are used, please ensure you make your NSCD application within 4 weeks of receipt of the waiver otherwise the fee waiver will be reallocated to another applicant.  It is therefore advised that apply for a waiver at such point that you will have filmed your solo within this timescale.

If awarded a fee waiver, CDD will inform us. We will then contact you to either confirm a refund of your fee payment or provide a promotional code for you to use at checkout (if you haven’t already booked your audition).

  • Wednesday 15 December 2021
  • Thursday 16 December 2021

Applicants wishing to audition on these dates must submit their application and book their audition by 6 December 2021 at the latest.

  • Monday 21st February 2022
  • Tuesday 22nd February 2022
  • Thursday 24th February 2022

NSCD auditions are designed to offer insight into our approach to training through the opportunity to work with both staff and students. The audition includes contemporary, ballet and discussion sessions, all supported by NSCD staff and student demonstrators.

It was so refreshing to experience an audition that allowed applicants to present a number of different skills to the panel and it was lovely to see people shine through at different points during the audition.” (Applicant quote)

Audition: at NSCD

  1. Ice-breaker/Improvisation

Games & tasks to relax and make applicants feel at ease, get to know the group, opportunities to show individuality in response to specific improvisation tasks that focus on the exploration of quality/texture of movement

  1. Technical Practices

An amalgamation of pre-learnt and unseen exercises/phrases which incorporate a hybrid of physical/technical practices, drawing on movement principles from a range of practices which may include release based contemporary, cultural dance forms, floor work, ballet and Cunningham

  1. Creative/Choreography

Using material from the pre-learnt exercises and phrases from the technical practices session, along with work relating to quality/texture from the Improvisation session, applicants will work in small groups to create a short choreographic phrase

  1. Interview/discussion

Questions that require the applicants to reflect on the previous group task, along with offering thoughts on their ambitions and rationale for applying to NSCD will be discussed amongst the group



To be included: 2 x Pre-learnt phrases



Remote submissions should be filmed and provided as a single YouTube link via the online application form.


  • Creative/ Improvisation Dance task exploring movement quality (2 minutes)
  • Technical Practices: Recording of the 2 pre-learnt phrases PLUS one additional (max 2 minute) technical sequence of your choice – Contemporary, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Break Dance, Vogueing, House, Dancehall and Popping etc. to offer the chance to demonstrate individual preference and ability
  • Recorded video of you talking about your response to the previous tasks (max 4 mins) – exploring the improvisation, learning and performing the technical material etc. AND reasons for wanting to train at NSCD.


Read more about the video audition requirements here



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 of it taking place.

Some candidates who are not successful for the BA (Hons) Dance (Contemporary) may be offered a place on the Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) in Contemporary Dance if it is felt this this would be a more suitable course. These candidates will receive an email with details and an option to let us know if this is something they wish to pursue. All applicants will receive one of the following (for BA or CertHE Contemporary):

  • An offer (usually with 3 weeks in which to accept).
  • A place on the reserve list (with potential further offers being made after all auditions have taken place).
  • No offer.



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.

For any further queries, please contact NSCD Admissions Team.
T: 0113 219 3050

Have a question?

For any queries, please contact NSCD Admissions Team:
T: 0113 219 3050