Dance Workshop


The Arden is based at Nicholls House, part of The Manchester College’s Nicholls Campus. Nicholls House is a Grade II Victorian listed building in Ardwick, Manchester. Designed by the prolific Manchester architect Thomas Worthington, its original use was an orphanage and then as a school.

The interior of Nicholls House has been refurbished to include:

  • Dance Studio with sprung Harlequin flooring, mirrors and ballet barres
  • 2 Large Studio Spaces with sprung flooring and mirrors.
  • 2 medium sized studio spaces with sprung flooring
  • 2 medium sized studio spaces with sprung Harlequin flooring.
  • 1 acoustically treated studio room with radio/audio recording facilities.
  • Several small rooms for 1:1 singing tuition and independent practice.
  • 1 Boardroom, used predominantly for lectures and meetings.
  • Mac Suite with 12 iMacs and 6 Macbook Pros
  • Computer Suite with 16 Computers
  • Social/Communal Area

Not to mention our library which is well stocked with the books required for all courses and a well maintained sheet music area. There is also a computer suite with access to a variety of online resources including Drama Online, EBSCOhost Database Journals, Box of Broadcasts, Study Skills and E-Books (all available off-campus).


Nicholls Campus also operates a fully operational canteen serving a menu of hot food from 8:00am until 2pm during term time, and a selection of sandwiches, paninis, fruit and drinks throughout the day.