News: Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Friday 7 April 2006

NSCD joins Conservatoire
The Northern School of Contemporary Dance announces a major strategic alliance with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS) and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (BOVTS) as it joins the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (CfDD).

The establishment of the Conservatoire in Autumn 2001 under a new government initiative dramatically strengthened access to training for talented dance and drama students in the UK. NSCD and BOVTS are the latest schools to join the Conservatoire alongside founding affiliates RADA and LCDS.

The Conservatoire, funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), will give students access to the best possible training at Conservatoire level regardless of their home circumstances. It will prepare them for sustainable careers as artists in the dance and drama professions.

Sir Bob Reid, Chairman of the CfDD is delighted with this, he said
“This national development in Bristol and Leeds expands the scope and impact of Conservatoire training across the country. The Conservatoire will continue its work to enable young adults to train in the UK and we welcome our new affiliates.”

Cllr Peter Gruen, Chair of NSCD Governors warmly welcomes this announcement, “We are very excited at the prospect of joining the Conservatoire. This is not only good news for the College but also reflects well on the importance of Leeds as a Global Dance Centre. The Northern School of Contemporary Dance is well placed to share in the Conservatoire’s mission to advance the art forms of dance and drama by preparing students for sustainable careers as artists. The NSCD Board fully endorses the Conservatoire’s aims to attract the most talented students, who are selected for training irrespective of background and to sustain its affiliate schools’ excellence and leadership in training and research.”

Gurmit Hukam, Principal of the NSCD said, “I am delighted that the founding Conservatoire schools and HEFCE have recognised the quality of our teaching and excellence of our courses in this way. This opportunity will locate the NSCD firmly as a national and international provider of professional dance training.”

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