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Northern School of Contemporary Dance: Contemporary Dance Performance (VERVE)

Institution Northern School of Contemporary Dance
Department Dance
Telephone 0113 2193000
Study type Taught


VERVE is the postgraduate company of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. This MA equips students with Professional performance skills as members of a touring Contemporary dance company. Each year VERVE commissions choreographers to create a distinct, engaging, and thought provoking programme of work. The programme offers emerging dance artists the opportunity to challenge and develop their skills across a varied repertoire of work, guided by the Artistic Director, alongside an exciting range of guest teachers and visiting artists. The programme enables students to take creative risk with their practice, to grow their individual artistry and develop their identity as a performer. VERVE undertakes a tour across the UK and to select international venues seeking connection with partner institutions, industry professionals, choreographers, and companies, to broaden and enrich the dancers understanding of the professional dance world and their future options within it. Verve works with established and emerging choreographers, giving dancers an appreciation of the breadth of what is happening in dance. The course operates on a modular basis. Most modules count for either 15 or 30 academic level 7 credits, with the final major research project being worth 60 credits. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10-20 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study, directed study and assessment activity. Students on this programme take modules worth 60 credits per term. All students take a total of 180 credits for the MA as a whole.


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