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Northern Contemporary Dance Workshop

On Monday 25th March 2019 Astrea Academy Woodfields were extremely lucky to host yet another workshop from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

NSCD is an international centre of excellence offering specialist, conservatoire-level dance education in an intimate and bespoke setting. Based in Leeds, the school attract the most talented and committed students locally, nationally and internationally. NSCD hosts just over 200 full-time students. Its Further and Higher Education provision encompasses courses at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate level. The aim of their workshops is to try to identify talented young dancers with the hopes of recruiting them into the school. The school offers funding and financial help to those they see with potential.

Our BTEC dance students from Y9 and Y10 were selected to attend the workshop. The workshop was run by Katy from NSCD. She taught them contemporary dance warm-up, technique and set contemporary phrases. The students were then given time to create their own choreography and perform this to the rest of the group.

The workshop was physically demanding, but the students all thoroughly enjoyed themselves and got a lot out of it. The students all conducted themselves wonderfully on the day and were a credit to the school. Watching their enjoyment and passion for dance was an absolute pleasure!

During the workshop an incredible 7 students were ‘spotted’ by Katy and invited to attend an open day run by NSCD with the hopes of being selected to audition for the school. Overall this was a great day and a fantastic event for our students.

A massive thanks needs to go to the students involved and to the Northern Contemporary School of Dance for providing us with the opportunity. We hope to be lucky enough to be offered the same opportunity next year.

L Geldart

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