COLLIDE - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


Call for work - COLLIDE 2020

After the success of COLLIDE in 2018, Northern School of Contemporary Dance with the support of Leeds Dance Partnership and the Children and Young Peoples Dance Network North will be bringing back the boys’ dance takeover of Leeds City Centre in Spring 2020.

Individuals and groups will have the opportunity to take part in a workshop and perform in a City Centre venue as part of this profile raising event celebrating boys and dance.

Please note that pieces cannot exceed 5 minutes in length and will be on hard surfaces and dependent on scheduling in an outdoor area, so please consider carefully the piece you would like to put forward. Members of staff or responsible adults will need to be with the group throughout the event.

Please submit completed application forms by Friday 6th December. Once you have registered your interest in performing we will send you further details by Wednesday 18th December 2019. This is an initial expression of interest and does not guarantee a performance opportunity on the day. If you would like to know more about the event please contact Jake Daniels on or call 0113 219 3005.


Read about Collide 2018

Boys’ dance took over Leeds city centre as NSCD presented ‘COLLIDE’ a free one-day dance event specifically for boys.

From 11 – 3pm on Friday 6 April, Leeds hosted 38 all-male dance performances with over 2000 audience members across 7 different city centre locations. The event also included 4 participatory workshops for young dancers run by NSCD, DAZL & Phoenix Dance Theatre.

Coordinated by NSCD’s Learning & Participation team with funding from Leeds Inspired, the city-wide event aimed to highlight the breadth of opportunities for male dancers in Leeds. Young men have been under-represented in community dance classes for too long and NSCD wanted to change this.

"“This event was a unique opportunity to see other boys across the City engage with dance and show their energy and dedication to the art form. Watching the performers, we could sense the excitement and pride in having the opportunity to share with the public their unique skillset - what they do so well in the studio came to life in the City and in turn, a legacy in boys dance made its mark.”" Northern Ballet

What happened?

There were be numerous opportunities to watch and participate in dance activity on the day. Passers-by in Leeds were able to experience a range of dance styles from hip-hop to contemporary, and from ballet to street.

Where did it happen?

The event took over 7 different city centre locations on the day including:

  1. Victoria Leeds
  2. Victoria Quarter (near Vicar Lane entrance)
  3. Trinity Leeds
  4. Briggate High Street
  5. Lands Lane
  6. Dortmund Square
  7. Leeds City Kirkgate Market (Event space and throughout the market)

Who performed?

We were excited to welcome a diverse range of professional dance companies and community groups to perform:

What did the audience think?

After watching the event over 70 % of our audience members who were surveyed said they would recommend dance classes to a male friend or family member.

100% of our survey would like more events like this to happen in Leeds City Centre.

Watch highlights from the day

"“A fantastic event which brought together the thriving Leeds dance community and which celebrated the wealth of accessible dance opportunities for young men to get involved in! Wonderful opportunity for Company Chameleon to help to inspire the next generation of young male dancers! “" Company Chameleon