About Samantha King

NSCD Librarian l CDD Library Advisor & OpenAthens Administrator

New books…

Unworking choreography : the notions of the work in dance | Frederic Pouillaude

Unworking Choreography considers how philosophy traditionally understands dance as space rather than art in order to postulate a new theory of unworking that is grounded in both historical and contemporary dance.

Frédéric Pouillaude, Lecturer in the Philosophy of Art, University of Paris.

Main Book Collection | 792.801 POU


Dance & politics l Dana Mills

This book examines the political power of dance, particularly its transgressive potential. Focusing on readings of dance pioneers Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham, Gumboots dancers in the gold mines of South Africa, the One Billion Rising movement, dabke in Palestine and dance as a protest against human rights abuse in Israel, it explores moments in which the form succeeds in transgressing politics as articulated in words. Close readings and critical analysis grounded in radical democratic theory combine to show how reading political dance as ‘interruption’ can unsettle conceptions of both politics and dance.

Main Book Collection | 306.4846 MIL


Freshly pressed…

022_3_front_on_proximity_240x334Performance Research | Vol.22 No.3, April/May 2017

The latest issue of Performance Research has arrived in the library, you’ll find the print copy on the journal rack. The focus of this issue is ‘On Proximity’ & includes articles from Deborah Schultz, Susan Wiseman & Ben Cranfield.

You can view the contents listing & the full text articles on the Taylor & Francis platform from any NSCD computer.


Motor Learning & Control for Dance : Principles & practices for performers & teachers | Donna H. Krasnow & M. Virginia Wilmerding

Motor Learning & Control for Dance is the first textbook to blend dance science, somatic practices, & pedagogy & address motor learning theory from a dance perspective. It focuses on motor development, motor control, & motor learning while showcasing principles & practices for students and teachers.

Main Book Collection | 617.1027 KRA

CTHETeaching in Higher Education | Vol.22 No.8, November 2017

The latest issue of Teaching in Higher Education has arrived in the library, you’ll find the print copy on the journal rack. This issue includes articles from Karen Ellery, Katy Pilcher & Leone M. Howes. Covering critical thinking, transitional pedagogic practices in the sciences & learning analytics.

You can view the contents listing & the full text articles on the Taylor & Francis platform from any NSCD computer.


The Mastery of Movement | Rudolf Laban

Laban’s The Mastery of Movement on the Stage, first published in 1950, quickly came to be accepted as the standard work on his conception of human movement. When he died, Laban was in the process of preparing a new edition of the book, and so for some time after his death it was out of print. That a second edition appeared was solely due to the efforts of Lisa Ullmann, who, better than any other person, was aware of the changes that Laban had intended to make. The rather broader treatment of the subject made advisable the change of title, for it was recognised that the book would appeal to all who seek to understand movement as a force in life.

In this fourth edition Lisa Ullmann has taken the opportunity to make margin annotations to indicate the subject matter referred to in a particular section of the text, so that specified topics may be easily found. Kinetograms have been added to most of the examples in Chapters 2 and 3, as Laban originally intended, for the growing number of people who read and write movement notation. Lisa Ullmann has also compiled an Appendix on the the structure of effort, drawing largely on material from an unpublished book by Laban.

Main Book Collection | 792.82 LAB



Learner Support Tutor

Northern School of Contemporary Dance is an international centre of excellence offering specialist, conservatoire-level dance education in an intimate and bespoke setting. Based in Leeds, we attract the most talented and committed students locally, nationally and internationally. The School is seeking to appoint a Learner Support Tutor.

To co-ordinate the initial screening and assessment needs of the students, across the range of courses within the school. To provide and monitor specialist learner and study support for students with specific learning disabilities (SpLD), such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD,  and/or to students with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). To monitor and report upon learning support provision.

For any further information, please contact Sarah McKenzie on 0113 219 3048 or e-mail: sarah.mckenzie@nscd.ac.uk.

Find out more about the post & apply at http://www.nscd.ac.uk/jobs/learner-support-tutor/

Celebrating Chapeltown

We’ve added a new book to the library collections… a photographic celebration of Chapeltown & its residents… including members of the NSCD community… why not pop down & take a peek?

Chapeltown Road

In March/April 2015 local photographer Jonathan Turner exhibited his ‘Street Studio’ photographs in Leeds. Images from the exhibition have been published in a book which you can now access in the NSCD Library… you’ll find it at 770 TUR in the Main Book Collection or in its temporary home on the new book display

Jonathan Turner’s photographs capture the subtle layers of individuality in his many subjects, who themselves represent the vast range of cultures in the Chapeltown area of Leeds.

Interviewed exclusively for the NSCD Library Blog, Jonathan commented:

…The project was conceived as a kind of celebratory survey of community in the area of Chapeltown. The idea that multiple communities can, and do, co-exist within one geographical community, is at the heart of the project, and at a time where there is so much negativity around ideas of Britishness & immigration I felt, and still feel that this is something that needs to be championed...”

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Northern School of Contemporary Dance

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Roscoe Methodist Church

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Sikh Temple

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Northern School of Contemporary Dance

According to Leeds City Council data around 70 different languages are spoken in Chapeltown… a testament to a vibrant multiculture: multiple communities happily coexisting alongside one another” Garry Hunter, Creative Director, Fitzrovia Noir Community Interest Company

Thank you to Jonathan for providing the images used in this blog post, you can find out more about Jonathan & his work here.

Library & Digital Assistant Vacancy

Position: Library & Digital Assistant

Contract: Permanent

Hours: 37 hours per week

We are seeking to fill the post of Library & Digital Assistant, to provide assistance to the Librarian in the day-to-day operation of the School’s Library.

The post holder will work in the school’s busy library supporting our academic staff, Foundation, degree, MA students and visiting artists.  In addition to assisting library users at the library counter and carrying out general library duties such as shelving, filing, stocktaking etc, you will be involved in the day to day operation of systems for transferring existing and future performance recordings to the digital platform and for inclusion in the library collections.

More generally, you will assist the Librarian in the development and timely operation of efficient counter systems, satisfying equipment bookings and ensuring students and staff receive a professional and friendly library service.

You will have a good level of education with a minimum of two A Levels (Grade A-E) and GCSE Maths and English (Grade A-C), with a good knowledge of Microsoft Office packages and proven competence utilising a range of software systems.

With proven administrative skills, including experience of customer service, you will also be able to demonstrate a good understanding of the technical requirements of maintaining equipment.

You will also need to demonstrate experience or a good understanding of the skills required for transferring recordings to a Digital format, and the scheduling, uploading and editing of performance, assessment and off-air footage on the library’s digital platform.

Full training on all library platforms/software will be provided.

Closing date for applications:  12 noon on Friday 20 January 2017.

Interviews to be held: Week commencing 23 January 2017.

Strictly no agencies please

A job description, person specification and application form can be downloaded from http://www.nscd.ac.uk/job-vacancies/