In Conversation with Sharon Watson MBE DL

14 May 2024

  • Venue
    Bramall Rock Void
  • Running time
    2 hours
  • Age guidance

Get ready to be inspired as Sharon Watson MBE DL shares her life’s work and unwavering commitment to social justice. Sharon hopes her story will leave you motivated to make a difference in the world.

In May 2020, Sharon Watson was appointed CEO and Principal of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Prior to, she was the 7th and longest-standing Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre from 2009 – 2020. Trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance, she was one of the first female Principal Dancers invited to join the all-male award winning Phoenix Dance Company, touring with the company from 1989 to 1997 where she choreographed Never Still and Shaded Limits. In addition to her AD role Sharon also lectured at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and worked as Education Director for Northern Ballet. In July of 2019 Sharon received an Honorary Doctorate from Leeds Beckett University for her contribution to the arts. Sharon’s recognitions are testament to her continued passion and drive to contribute to the local and national creative industries through the medium of dance.

Sharon is trustee of Factory International, Leeds 2023, and a Patron to Music House, Leeds. She is committed to improving diversity within the arts by supporting the creative voices of women and black and ethnic minority artists.

Book tickets

Tue 14 May

    Arts Council
  • Leeds City Council
  • LTB Foundation
  • Principal Partner

    Caddick Group
  • Principal Access Partner

    Irwin Mitchell