National Dance Centres for Advanced Training (CATs)
National Dance CATs indentify children with exceptional potential in dance and develop their talent through pioneering programmes; creating and inspiring future generations of world class dancers and choreographers.
Through the provision of highly specialised training, young people are educated at a critical stage in their development. This prepares them for entry into the world’s leading vocational dance schools and onto successful and rewarding careers in the arts.
These Centres are supported through the Department for Education (DfE) funded Music and Dance Scheme, and operate from host organisations. Successful applicants are able to access highly specialist dance training in their region, while continuing to live at home and benefit from a broad and balanced education.
Non-residential, professional dance training
National Dance CATs deliver accessible, non-residential, professional training programmes for young people aged 10 to 18 years. Centres are pioneers in prevocational training and research, promoting best practice and providing exceptional and innovative tuition to young people.
Centres maintain close links with leading dance companies and artists, creating opportunities for children to work and build relations with future employers. This also provides young people with an inspiring yet realistic insight into the profession.
'CAT schemes offer an amazing opportunity for talented young people to
gain experience of what it's really like to be a professional dancer.
It's the kind of experience that I would have relished at that age as I
struggled to find a way of expressing my desire to dance.' Rafael
Bonachela, Artistic Director, Sydney Dance Company
This network allows students to work together on national projects and
initiatives. It also provides a support system for CAT staff and enables
the sharing of policy initiatives and best practice.
The Music CAT for the East of England, Aldeburgh Young Musicians
, is based at Aldeburgh Music, Suffolk. For more information call 01728 687115.
Contact the DanceEast Academy
The DanceEast Academy is always looking to meet talented young people who will
benefit from the training. To find out more call the team on: 01473
295230 / email email@example.com
Photo: Stephen Berkeley-White