Northern School of Contemporary Dance

at 98 Chapeltown Road, Leeds, LS7 4BH United Kingdom

Northern School of Contemporary Dance
98 Chapeltown Road
Leeds LS7 4BH
United Kingdom
Contact Phone
P: 0113 219 3000


The Northern School of Contemporary Dance is a higher education institution in Chapeltown, Leeds, England specialising in contemporary dance. It is an affiliate of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, and students can obtain a Bachelor of Performing Arts degree, validated by the University of Kent. A foundation course and postgraduate qualifications are also offered, and a programme of adult, youth and children's classes is available for the local community.History and buildingsThe school was founded in 1985 by Nadine Senior MBE and in 1987 it moved into its current premises, a red-brick former synagogue on Chapeltown Road built 1929-1932. The building is grade II listed as are the boundary walls, which probably date to about 1835. Between 1987 and 1997, a series of phased developments were carried out which extended the site to include the adjacent Brandsby Lodge, also a grade II listed building. This £3.2 million redevelopment, which resulted in the creation of four new dance studios and additional teaching facilities, was completed with funding support from the National Lottery through the Arts Council of England and the Foundation for Sports and the Arts.In 1988, the converted Synagogue re-opened its doors as The Dome Theatre and in 1993 was renamed The Riley Theatre in dedication to the memory of Jeffrey Riley, who was the School’s Technical Director between 1985 and 1993.Founding Principal Nadine Senior MBE retired in 2001 and was replaced in 2002 by Gurmit Hukam. A year later, in 2003, NSCD became officially affiliated to the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama. In 2012, Janet Smith left her position as Artistic Director of Scottish Dance Theatre to become the current principal of the School.

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