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Northern School of Contemporary Dance

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Founded in 1985 as the first conservatoire dance school within the public sector, The Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) provides world-class dance training and facilities. Affiliated to the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (CCD) in England, the Northern School of Contemporary Dance is particularly committed to imparting training to students of various races and social backgrounds.

Currently comprising 175 students, the school offers a 3-year BPA (Honours) in Contemporary Dance degree validated by the University of Leeds for students wanting to take up dancing professionally. This programme trains the student in techniques of choreography, movement studies and performance.

The school also has a full-time foundation course of one year that prepares young dancers who want to audition for professional conservatoire dance training courses.

Other than that, the school offers a graduate diploma in Professional Contemporary Dance Performance for graduates from specialised dance schools that want to hone their skills. This course includes an apprenticeship with leading companies and choreographers that tour theatres around the United Kingdom. The school also offers short-term classes for adults, youth, children and special needs students.

Located in a former synagogue of Chapeltown in Leeds, the Northern School of Contemporary Dance has all the modern facilities comprising seven dance studios, seminar rooms, audio visual editing suite and a library with a large collection of videotapes and music recordings.

In one of the buildings is the Riley Theatre, from which the students give their end of term performance. Seating 250 people in two tiers, this theatre also hosts performances by professional dance companies.

The Northern School of Contemporary Dance website located at provides details about coming events, application procedures, and other news. The college also has open days during which you can tour the school and participate in a dance class before you make up your mind to join.

Campus Address(es)

Northern School of Contemporary Dance
98 Chapeltown Road, LS7 4BH, Leeds
West Yorkshire, Yorkshire and the Humber Region
Tel: 01132 19 3000, Fax: 0113 219 3030


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