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Nadine Senior MBE remembered at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Phoenix Dance Theatre & Northern School of Contemporary Dance to celebrate an inspirational arts champion.

Two of Leeds’ greatest dance companies are set to come together this month to celebrate the work of Nadine Senior MBE. Nadine was deputy headmistress of Harehills Middle School when she began introducing students to dance.

Nadine lobbied to prove the need for professional dance education in Leeds and in 1985 founded Northern School of Contemporary Dance. The school remains the only provider of conservatoire-level professional training in contemporary dance outside of London.

Janet Smith MBE, Principal of Northern School of Contemporary Dance, said: “This will be a very special event for us in paying tribute to an extraordinary woman who championed the value of arts education from a young age in achieving the highest aspirations for all.”

Nadine Senior died in January 2016, but on Sunday 8th October 8th, Phoenix Dance
Theatre and Northern School of Contemporary Dance will together lead a tribute to her life and her loves. The Gala will include performances from Leeds-born, New York-based Darshan Singh-Bhuller.

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With live music, film, poetry, and guest speakers the life and work of this extraordinary woman will be honoured in style.

The Celebration Gala for Nadine Senior is at West Yorkshire Playhouse on Sunday 8 October at 7pm. Tickets are priced from £15. Book online at or call the Box Office on 0113 213 7700


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