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  • Francesca McCarthy

Francesca is currently Head of Performance at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds. During her first experience of vocational training at Northern Ballet School, Manchester, Francesca developed a clear interest in teaching. After graduating with multiple industry-recognised teaching qualifications, she moved to Tromsø, Norway, to further develop this area of her practice whilst also discovering a passion for contemporary dance. Through working at a higher education institution in Tromsø to establish a dance strand on a teaching training course, Francesca became inspired to return to England to study towards a degree herself, initially at Roehampton University, before moving to London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS). During her degree studies she taught for The Place Evening School and on graduation built a teaching portfolio delivering classes for Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, LCDS, Middlesex University, and The Urdang Academy amongst others. Keen to develop her practice in a way that was relevant and effective within the conservatoire sector specifically Francesca embarked upon the MA Dance Training and Education course at LCDS, graduating with Distinction. Since joining NSCD in 2007 Francesca has enjoyed a number of different roles in the institution from lecturer in ballet for contemporary dancers through to her current role as Head of Performance. She has recently been asked to contribute to a number of course accreditation’s and reviews as an external panel member for the University of Central Lancaster and Northumbria University, for whom she is also currently working as an external examiner.