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Nadine Senior Awards to support dancers from disadvantaged backgrounds

Nadine Senior, founding principal of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance Nadine Senior, founding principal of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance
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An £8,000 fund has been launched to commemorate Northern School of Contemporary Dance founder Nadine Senior, which will be used to help dancers from disadvantaged backgrounds access training.

The NSCD, of which Senior was founding principal, has teamed up with fellow Leeds-based school Phoenix Dance Theatre to set up the Nadine Senior Awards.

The money has been raised through donations and from a gala held at the West Yorkshire Playhouse last year.

The funding will enable three young dancers from disadvantaged backgrounds in the region to access “dance experiences of the highest quality and undertake professional training in the city of Leeds”.

NSCD principal Janet Smith said: “Producing and promoting the celebratory Gala for Nadine was a costly undertaking and we had a modest hope to offer one award. So we are really pleased that the funds raised will allow us to support more young talent through both Phoenix Youth Academy and Northern School of Contemporary Dance.”

She added: “Many of our aspiring young dance artists come from low-income families and the intensive study required, often including evening and weekend rehearsal, makes it difficult for students to support themselves through part-time jobs. We aim to attract young people with the most talent and potential, regardless of background, and the awards will make a real difference in meeting this mission.”

Sharon Watson, current artistic director of Phoenix Dance Theatre, is a former pupil of Senior’s.

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