Where we are based:

Leeds – Covering West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire.

Northern School of Contemporary Dance’s, Centre for Advanced Training is based at Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) in Leeds. NSCD is an international centre of excellence offering specialist, conservatoire-level contemporary dance training. At our home in Leeds, City of Dance, we provide an inspirational learning environment for aspiring contemporary dance artists to train in a place that values them as individuals. We offer studies at Access, Undergraduate and Postgraduate level as a School of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama.


Age Range:

For young people aged between 13–17 years

NSCD’s Centre for Advanced Training is a fully inclusive programme and welcomes students from all backgrounds and abilities.


Core Curriculum:

As a Centre for Advanced Training student you’ll attend 2 classes in the evening mid-week and all day on Saturday, this is a total of 5 classes a week. Each class is 1.5 hours long and are designed to ensure you gain a strong grounding in contemporary dance. Classes are designed to help you develop physical skills in alignment, placement, strength, flexibility and musicality, and regular contemporary technique classes are supported by complementary dance study sessions in body conditioning, ballet and Pilates. A range of creative workshops, improvisation, contact work and choreography classes give you the chance to work with other students and to express your own artistic choices through movement.

The Centre for Advanced Training is primarily delivered outside school hours and every effort is made to keep a good balance between academic work and dance training. In certain circumstances it is possible to tailor a more individual programme for those who we think have exceptional potential but may have difficulty travelling to Leeds, please contact us for more information.


Open Day:

Attending a Centre for Advanced Training open day is essential if you’d like to be considered for a place on the scheme. Open days are a pre audition and will take place on:

  • 10th February 2018
  • 21st April 2018
  • 28th April 2018

Open days will be 3 hours in length and will take place during a morning or afternoon session at Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD).

Potential students will have the opportunity to take part in a contemporary technique class and a creative session. Previous dance experience is not necessary as we are looking for young people with enthusiasm, potential and commitment to training as a contemporary dancer. Please note that suitable candidates will be invited from the open day to audition for the Centre for Advanced Training.


How to book a place:

Bookings for our Open Days are now online via our Booking Form Our open days are free of charge.


*Please note only participants who have attended an Open Day and offered an audition can attend. Should you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact Learning and Participation on 0113 219 3005 or email cat@nscd.ac.uk or go to our NSCD CAT Page for more information on audition requirements and processes. Our auditions are free of charge.

Rose Chadwick

Centre for Advanced Training Programme Leader

98 Chapeltown Road,
West Yorkshire
Leeds, LS7 4BH

0113 219 3025

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