Summer School 2022 - Northern School of Contemporary Dance

NSCD Summer School

Monday 1 August – Friday 5 August 2022

10am – 4pm each day

£190 for the week

Our five-day summer school is an energetic, fun and challenging experience for young dancers aged 12-17 (open level) and adults aged 18+

Improve your technique with daily classes, and explore your creativity as you work with a professional choreographer to create a piece.

  • Take daily technique classes and creative sessions
  • Meet and work with other keen dancers
  • Perform at our on-site venue, Riley Theatre
  • Get a taste of life at NSCD


There are 3 strands of the NSCD Summer School:

Strand 1 for ages 12-14

Strand 2 for ages 15-17 (FULLY BOOKED)

Strand 3 for ages 18+ (advanced level, including dance students and graduates)


Our Summer School features a daily contemporary dance technique class in the morning, followed by creative sessions in the afternoon working alongside a professional dance artist to devise a piece, to be performed on the final day as part of an informal sharing at the Riley Theatre, NSCD.

For those interested in applying for our range of full-time and part-time courses there is the option to attend a Progression Routes Session at the end of the week.


Anna Holmes
Strand 1 for ages 12-14

Anna Holmes is a freelance dance artist and choreographer based in Leeds.

After graduating from Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Anna joined JV2, the postgraduate company led by Jasmin Vardimon and Marilena Dara. Soon after, she established Northern Rascals, a dance-theatre company based in Yorkshire, alongside fellow dance artist Sam Ford. The company has established a strong following across the UK with their unique blend of theatre and contemporary dance. Together, they work to craft the abstract and absurd to lead audiences to narratives rooted in the current socio-political climate. With a direct focus on mental wellbeing and a commitment to lead with kindness, Northern Rascals endeavour to make authentic work that with the power of imagination has the ability to make a direct impact on a wide variety of audiences. Led by Artistic Directors Anna and Sam, the company has risen to national success receiving accolades such as resident artists at The Civic Barnsley, Choreodrome Artists at The Place and shortlisted artists for The Hodgkiss Award at Royal Exchange Manchester. Northern Rascals are now based at The Middle Floor, an inclusive, not-for-profit arts space in the heart of Leeds.

Sandrine Monin
Strand 2 for ages 15-17 (FULLY BOOKED)

Sandrine Monin is a freelance dance artist and choreographer based in Leeds.

After graduating from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon in France, Sandrine pursued her training in Germany as part of the European programme D.A.N.C.E led by Frederic Flamand, William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor and Angelin Preljocaj and graduated from Palucca Hochschule Dresden with a Masters Degree in Dance Practice. In 2021, she graduated from Central School of Ballet with an MA in Choreography.

As a professional dancer, she has worked for over 15 years with varied choreographers and performed for renowned companies (Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Phoenix Dance Theatre) around the UK, Europe and internationally.

In parallel to her performing career, she has developed her own choreographic work, supported by Arts Council England and has been commissioned to create for dance companies, theatre and films.

She shares her practice – a crossroads of classical, physical theatre and contemporary genres – teaching classes and workshops in companies (Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Studio Wayne McGregor, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Scottish Dance Theatre, NDCWales), vocational trainings (Northern Ballet, NSCD, Central School of Ballet, Elmhurst Ballet School) and in schools and communities.

In 2021, she became Associate Director of Glenn Graham Dance, whose purpose is to inspire the next generation of dancers and prepare them for the professional world.

In 2022, she took on the position of interim Artistic Associate with CAT DanceXchange.

Sandrine is passionate about the exploration of emotions and raising mental health awareness.

Glenn Graham
Strand 3 for ages 18+

Glenn started his professional training at the Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance. On graduating in 2003 Glenn joined Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures where he is now Resident Director, performing Principal roles at Sadler’s Wells seasons and touring internationally.

Glenn’s other credits include working with Compañía Metros de Danza, Ballet Santa Coloma, Introdans, and holding signature roles in choreography by Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Matz Ek, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Paul Lightfoot & Sol Leon and Inbal Pinto amongst others.

In 2011 he became a member of Phoenix Dance Theatre. Glenn choreographed Intimate Windows for Introdans 2009 DANSEMAKEN, a collaboration with Dutch fashion designers, also And yet we still stand tall for The University of Cumbria in Carlisle.

His teaching credits include Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet School, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary, Shoreditch Youth Dance Company, New College Nottingham and Prague International Masterclass.


A small number of bursaries are available for those who need financial support to get involved. Participants seeking support, should complete the Summer School Bursary Application Form, which can be found here.


Unfortunately, NSCD is unable to provide accommodation for Summer School participants, and those travelling from further afield will need to arrange their own accommodation for the week.

NSCD is located close to Leeds City Centre and a range of affordable accommodation, including Premier Inn and Travelodge.


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