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CAT – How To Apply

We accept applications from young people in the East of England, aged between 10-16 years (on 1 September 2024), from all backgrounds.

If you are enthusiastic about dance, are highly motivated and eager to develop new skills, and believe that you have exceptional talent and potential within dance we want to hear from you!


If you would like to join the DanceEast CAT you will need to attend an audition. The auditions are designed to be accessible and fun for everyone. There are Audition Support Workshops available to help guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have.

We encourage everyone who is interested in joining the CAT to apply to audition; you do not need to have previous dance experience; we look for potential.


There is a two-stage audition process for September 2024 entry. All eligible young people aged 10-16 years on 1 September 2024 will be invited to a stage one audition. The stage one auditions include creative and technique workshops and have been designed to be accessible and fun, regardless of your previous experience.

Following the stage one audition, you may then be invited to attend a stage two audition.

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

Everyone who applies, and is eligible, will be invited to attend a stage one audition. You will only need to attend one of the dates above.


You will only need to attend one date, and the Stage Two Auditions are invite only:

  • Saturday 8 June (Invite Only)
  • Sunday 9 June (Invite Only)

All auditions are free to attend.

Applications have now closed for entry in September 2024. If you interested in finding out more about the Centre for Advanced Training, please contact a member of the CAT team by emailing or calling 01473 295234.