Our Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) programme is pleased to invite education professionals to a high-quality CPD opportunity on Thursday 11 April 2019, available at the heavily subsidised rate of just £15 per person.

Taking place in our professional, purpose-built studios, the event will focus on how to identify and nurture gifted and talented students and offers an opportunity to learn how to support, develop and encourage creativity.

The day will involve practical workshops and seminars led by industry professionals who will equip you with the real-life, practical skills needed to enable both you and your students to reach their full potential. There will also be a networking lunch to meet other like-minded people across the Midlands. CPD certificates will be presented at the end of the day.

Who is the CPD day for? CAT home tutors, school teachers (both secondary and primary), youth dance leaders, community dance practitioners, artists looking to refresh their practice.  Contemporary, Kathak and Bharatanatyam styles will be included.

The Centre for Advanced Training for South Asian and Contemporary Dance (CAT)? It is an elite training opportunity for young people aged 11-18, who show exceptional talent and potential in Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Contemporary styles. The Contemporary strand, Dance Generation, recruits young people from the West Midlands, and the South Asian strand, Yuva Gati, is a national programme, recruiting students from across the country. The opportunity to study Bharatanatyam and Kathak at this elite level is unique to this CAT within the UK.

Funded by the Department of Education Music and Dance Scheme, the Birmingham CAT is led by DanceXchange in partnership with Sampad South Asian Arts and Heritage.

CAT CPD DAY Programme 

Tori Drew (One Dance UK – Dance in Education Manager) will be introducing the day

Workshop leaders are Shane Shambhu, Sonia Sabri, Mira Balchandran Gokul and Sara Macqueen

Sara Macqueen will be leading a practical insight into CAT training with a focus on practical tools for developing gifted and talented students workshop & ‘training your eye for talent’ seminar.

Sara says, “As a 13 year old, I was incredibly lucky to have a PE teacher who, although not a dancer herself, saw my passion and enthusiasm for dance and joined the dots with CAT. Without my time on the CAT scheme, I would not be the dancer I am or be in the industry the way I am today, so thank you Mrs Cole!   Talent shows itself in many ways and this day will be about defining, recognising and nourishing those talents to help young people aspire and achieve beyond what they through they could. I am so excited to meet the teachers and dance practitioners who can be a Mrs Cole to the next generation!”

Shane Shambhu will be leading a Supporting, Nurturing and Developing Creativity workshop which has been developed by Shane and delivered as a physical-theatre training model at East 15 Acting School:

Comments Shane, “This workshop offers a unique experience where participants practically explore a culturally-different devising process that is built upon the base principles of Bharatanatyam, without imitation.  Through creative processes stemming from Indian dance and theatre sensibilities this session will inspire new exploratory avenues to discover movement and play to arrive at exciting possibilities for a new physical and visual language.”

Mira Balchandran Gokul will be leading a workshop offering an exploration of  CAT Bharatanatyam training with a focus on innovative approaches to technique and Sonia Sabri will be leading a practical insight into a CAT Kathak training workshop with a focus on supplementary learning including choreography development, creativity, stagecraft and performance.


10 – 3.30pm Regional Practitioners – Contemporary focus

12 – 5.30pm National Practitioners – South Asian focus

Fee:  £15

To book please complete the registration form and payment details will be sent to you by email.