Bright future for dancers

Jessica Chambers, who will be going on to study at Trinity Laban this September  (� Justin Slee)
Jessica Chambers, who will be going on to study at Trinity Laban this September (� Justin Slee)
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Talented youngsters from a city dance school have been accepted into some of the UK’s most prestigious dance conservatoires.

The young dancers graduating from the Centre for Advanced Training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) are heading to establishments including London Contemporary Dance School, Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance, Trinity Laban and NSCD.

A further 10 students who applied to study dance at further or higher level were successful in their applications.

The Centre for Advanced Training is a national intensive dance programme, funded by the Department for Education (DfE), which aims to prepare aspiring young dancers aged from 13 to 17 years old for rewarding and successful careers in the arts.

Tracy Witney, head of learning and participation at NSCD, said: “We are very proud of our young dancers and with the continued support of the DfE we are able to continue to train the next generation. Yorkshire is rich with talent and we want to make sure that any young dancer regardless of their background can access high quality dance provision and a future career in dance.”

Graduating students will perform today at Northern Ballet in a collaboration with Centre for Advanced Training students from the Academy of Northern Ballet.

Based in Chapeltown, NSCD is one of eight schools forming the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (CDD), recently ranked as the UK’s number one performing arts conservatoire in the National Student Survey and ranked as word-leading by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

NSCD is the only school offering conservatoire-level higher education contemporary dance training in the north of England.

Centres for Advanced Training in Dance identify children with exceptional potential in dance and develop their talent.