Online Summer School - Northern School of Contemporary Dance

NSCD Online Summer School 2020

Tues 28 July – Thurs 30 July 2020

4 – 8pm daily (BST – British Summer Time) or 11 – 2pm (EDT – Eastern Daylight Time)

Live classes via Zoom

Course fee: £135.00

New York meets Leeds

Bringing together world-leading dance companies and training institutions from New York and Leeds, this unique course gives you the opportunity to learn techniques and company styles including:

  • Alvin Ailey
  • Limon
  • Cunningham
  • Horton

In addition to technique classes, you will have the opportunity to learn company rep and take part in creative/choreographic sessions. Hear more about career routes in the UK and the USA in a panel discussion with the artists at the end of the week.

The Summer School will be split into the following groups by age:

  • Prevocational (15 – 17 years)
  • Vocational & Graduates (18 – 25 years or within 2 years of graduating)
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The programme

Ailey classes with Matthew Rushing

The Ailey rep class will consist of a brief modern warm-up based on the Horton technique, as well as learning movement styles, techniques, and choreography from Ailey’s diverse repertoire. The Ailey technique class will be loosely based on Horton, Graham, and contemporary modern dance styles that derive from the Ailey repertory.

Cunningham-based technique class with Leonora Stapleton

Blending Merce Cunningham and Donald Byrd techniques, this class is designed to promote strength, coordination and flexibility. Using a variety of rhythms, the class focuses on alignment, moving through space and expression through the body.

Choreography class with Leonora Stapleton

The class will explore an approach to choreography that maximises the use of movement. A choice of themes will be given to integrate and develop a choreographic style that reinterprets movement.

Limón Technique with Dante Puleio

An investigation of how 20th-century modern dance movement vocabulary and principles from the Humphrey/Limón perspective can be accessible for the 21st-century artist. Exploring weight and momentum, focusing on breath and the pelvis to deepen the understanding of suspension/opposition, you will fly through space with rhythmic phrasework, experimenting with control, release, speed and accuracy.

Limón Repertory with Dante Puleio

Walk in the steps of the founders of modern and contemporary dance. We will learn, dance then create personal work from 20th-century Limón masterpieces.

Horton Technique with Bradley Shelver

Horton Technique is a linear-based technique designed to train dancers in the shortest amount of time. Utilizing the balance between strength and flexibility, Bradley’s Horton classes investigate the immense physical range of the body while placing emphasis on artistry and musicality.

Improvisation class with Matthew Robinson

Matthew Robinson, Artistic Director of NSCD postgraduate company VERVE, will lead an improvisation class taking inspiration from VERVE’s repertory.

Contemporary technique class with Matthew Slater

Matthew will teach a release-based hybrid contemporary technique class, using full-bodied connectivity to explore ideas of weight, momentum, gravity, energy and expansiveness. Matthew’s vocabulary moves through the space and in and out of the floor with an emphasis on efficiency, use of breath and sensitivity.


Prevocational (15-17 years)

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Pre-vocational timetable for students aged 15 to 17 years


Vocational & Graduates (18-25 years or within 2 years of graduating)

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The Children and Young People’s Dance Network North (CYPDNN) are offering 2 bursaries for the NSCD Online Summer School, as part of their commitment to supporting dance opportunities for children and young people, and those who work with them.

One bursary will be awarded to a participant in the 15-17 age category and one will be awarded to a participant in the 18-25 age group. Bursaries will be awarded subject to means testing. In return, participants will be asked to become a ‘young voices advocate’.

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