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If you have any queries that aren’t included below, please contact a member of the CAT team by emailing or calling 01473 295234

A. We are recruiting young people aged 10-16 years on 1 September 2024.

A. We are looking for young people who enjoy moving! You might never have taken part in a dance class before, have a small amount of experience, or have been dancing your whole life – we are looking for potential, dedication, and enthusiasm, so anyone can apply, regardless of experience. We also look for physical coordination, awareness, strength, uniqueness, enthusiasm, and commitment.

A. You will need to attend classes one full day at the weekend and two evenings during the week. In addition to this, there will be dance intensives during the Spring and Summer holidays.

A. The DanceEast CAT programme is designed to fit around schoolwork. Each student has an Individual Training Plan (ITP) which helps us work with the students to manage the demands of the training programme alongside their school commitments.

A. You are able to continue with an external ballet class if it directly clashes with the DanceEast CAT’s ballet class on a Thursday evening. The CAT will cover the cost of the class, and it will become part of your weekly training schedule.

A. For the first stage audition you will be placed in a group with people of a similar age and level of experience. The audition includes a mix of creative work and technique. Following stage one auditions, you may be invited to a stage two audition.

A. The cost of the course, which may be covered by a means-tested grant, covers all classes, dancewear, trips, health support, performance opportunities, costumes, and a lot more. Students also have the opportunity to take part in projects with the National Centres for Advanced Training in Dance.

A. Students can stay on the DanceEast CAT until they leave full-time education, usually aged 18 years, or up to the age of 24 if d/Deaf or disabled.

A. The quality of teaching is paramount to the success of the programme. Our teaching team is made up of teachers, artists, and choreographers of the highest calibre. Our students also have the opportunity to work with guest artists, which provides a greater insight into the wider dance profession. All technique classes are accompanied by musicians. More details of the teaching team can be found here.

A. We welcome applications from all young people, including those with disabilities and additional needs. If you have any access or additional needs, please contact us so that we can find out how best to support you. Young people with disabilities may be able to remain on the CAT beyond the age of 18 years, usually up to the age of 24 if d/Deaf or disabled.

A. Weekend classes take place at the Jerwood DanceHouse in Ipswich. Midweek classes take place in Ipswich, Cambridge, and Norwich.