NSCD and Shechter in new partnership

Published: 10 March 2021
Reporter: Vera Liber

Sharon Watson and Hofesh Shechter Credit: Benji Reid and Hugo Glendinning

Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Hofesh Shechter Company have announced a new partnership as part of a joint commitment to increasing diversity and equal opportunities within the dance sector.

Sharon Watson MBE, CEO and Principal of NSCD, said, “to bring about openness and address inequalities often experienced by black, Asian and ethnic minorities, we need to work with allies to address the necessary changes we would like to see. Embracing diversity is an action and I am delighted we are building on partnerships which deliver on this purpose."

Shechter added, “I soon realised that being engaged in conversations about the lack of diversity in our profession is one thing… helping to do something about it in reality is another—a much harder task and a much more important one.

“My company will work slowly and steadily with NSCD over the coming years with a carefully considered plan, supporting their already inspiring work in this area. Aligning elements of our own extensive participation and apprentice programmes with those of the school, to have an impact on young people’s lives from diverse backgrounds and to inspire, by creating opportunities and a clearer path of progression—this is exactly where I want to put mine and my company’s energy and commitment. I feel hopeful and patient to see it grow a new generation.”