Centre for Advanced Training (CAT)

What is the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT)? CAT is an exciting and challenging programme, which can lead you to a future career in dance. You’ll receive high-quality training while still attending mainstream school.

What can I learn? As a potential CAT student, you can pick between two strands:

Dance Generation – if you want to learn Contemporary Dance and are based in the West Midlands
Yuva Gati – if you want to study South Asian dance styles, Bharatanatyam or Kathak and are based anywhere in England

Where is CAT based? Classes take place at our studios here at DanceXchange.

Who can join? CAT is designed for young people aged 11-18 years, but you must be under 16 to join the programme.

How do I join? To join CAT, you’ll need to audition first. Audition dates will be posted on the website once they become available.

How much does the training cost? The Department for Education provides a limited number of means-tested grants for students. This is part of their national Music and Dance Scheme.

Once you’ve been accepted, you can apply for a grant-assisted place on the programme. Students who are successful at the audition but are too late or ineligible for grants can take up a place. However, this is on the basis that they pay the full fees.

Grants can cover all or some of your tuition costs. You can also apply for bursaries towards extra tuition fees to support extra training.


What other people say

It has been an invaluable experience being part of this programme; it gave me the opportunity to learn from various internationally-renowned dancers and choreographers.

Yuva Gati graduate and BBC Young Dancer Finalist

CADT has opened up the world of dance for me, and allowed me to see myself in it!

Dance Generation student

The chance to learn unique ways of moving.

Dance Generation student

I knew I wanted to pursue a career in dance and believed CADT would be the ideal programme to support my future.

Dance Generation graduate and current student at Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Allows you to explore dance in a new and exciting way!

Yuva Gati student