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CAT – What can you expect?

Our CAT students work with a variety of people, including professional dance artists and choreographers from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. We encourage everyone to apply to join the programme, regardless of their previous dance experience.

The DanceEast CAT is a non-residential programme for those who are ready to make a commitment to training in dance. During their time on the CAT, students are prepared for professional dance training.

Our students attend approximately eight hours of dance each week, across three classes. This is typically made up of two evening classes in Ipswich, Norwich, or Cambridge, and one day at the Jerwood DanceHouse in Ipswich at the weekend. During these weekly classes, students will have classes in:

  • Contemporary
  • Ballet
  • Hip Hop
  • Creative
  • Health

As well as these weekly classes, we offer additional enrichment activities and additional support which includes:

  • Access to physical health support
  • Audition support and preparation
  • Performances
  • Theatre trips
  • Spring and Summer Intensives
  • Projects and workshops

Our curriculum gives a strong basic grounding in technical and creative skills, as well as an introduction to the wider dance profession.


  • I am between the ages of 10 and 16 years, or I will be on 1 September 2024.
  • I am enthusiastic about dance.
  • I am highly motivated and eager to develop new skills.
  • I believe I have exceptional talent and potential within dance.