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CAT – How To Apply

Applications to join the DanceEast CAT in September 2022 are now closed, they will re-open in the New Year (to join in September 2023). Until then, you can register your interest in the DanceEast CAT here. You can also find out more about the programme by attending a Taster Day or Open Day.

Applications are accepted from young people aged 10-16 years (on the 1 September) from the East of England from all backgrounds. We’re looking for applicants with strong physical awareness, creativity, the ability to work as part of a team and independently.

If you are enthusiastic about dance, highly motivated and eager to develop new skills and believe you have exceptional talent and potential within dance, the CAT could be for you! We encourage both non-experienced and experienced young dancers to apply.




If you would like to join the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training (CAT), you will need to attend a FREE audition. Auditions run each year in May and June.

The auditions are designed so that everyone can take part and have fun. We also have optional Audition Support Workshops to help guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have.

There is a two-stage audition process. Everyone who applies will be invited to take part in a Stage One Audition which will include three short workshops in contemporary technique, ballet and creative – you do not need to prepare anything in advance of the audition. Students will be placed in a class with people of a similar age and level of experience.

The auditions are designed to be as accessible and fun as possible, so you don’t need to have any previous dance experience. You may then be invited to attend a Stage Two audition.

We encourage everyone to apply, no matter previous dance experience.

Auditions will take place at the Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1DW.

Funded Places

If you are invited to join the DanceEast CAT, you are able to access a means-tested Music and Dance Scheme (MDS) Grants. These are provided by the Department for Education and are available to those whose household income sit within the relevant income brackets, featured on our website under Costs and Funding.

  •    MDS Full Grant (Relevant household income up to £31,139)
  •    MDS Grant Part Grant  (Relevant household income of £31,140 – £68,506)

Please note, to qualify for a grant the applicant must have been resident in the British Islands for three years prior, be a member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland or be a refugee of the child of a refugee (conditions apply).



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