The DanceEast CAT is one of the National Centres for Advanced Training in Dance.

Through cutting-edge dance programmes of educational and artistic excellence, the nationwide scheme aims to develop, create and inspire the next generation of dance artists, choreographers and leaders. CATs provide highly specialised training; whereby young people are cultivated at a critical stage in their development to prepare them for entry into the world’s leading vocational and higher education institutions and on to successful and rewarding careers.

Supported through the Department for Education’s Music and Dance Scheme, CATs operate from host organisations recognised for their excellence and commitment to the arts and vocational training.

The National Centres for Advanced Training in Dance are:

  • Dance4 CAT (Nottingham)
  • Dance City CAT (Newcastle)
  • DanceEast CAT (Ipswich)
  • DanceXchange CAT for South Asian and Contemporary (Birmingham)
  • Northern Ballet Academy (Leeds)
  • Northern School of Contemporary Dance CAT (Leeds)
  • Swindon Dance CAT for Contemporary and Urban (Exeter & Swindon)
  • The Lowry CAT (Salford, Manchester)
  • The Place CAT – London Contemporary Dance School (London) – including London Youth Circus
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance CAT (London)

The National CAT Partnership allows students to work together on national projects and initiatives, meeting peers from across the country. It also provides a support system for staff and management teams and is a forum for shared policy initiatives, government advocacy and best practice.

For further information on the National dance CATS visit

For further information on the Music and Dance Scheme visit

The Music CAT for the East of England, Aldeburgh Young Musicians, is based at Snape Maltings, Suffolk. For more information call 01728 687115 or visit

"The aim of the scheme is to help identify and assist children with exceptional potential, regardless of their personal circumstances, to benefit from world class specialist training as part of a broad and balanced education."
DfE Music and Dance Scheme

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