FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO APPLY?

A. The Centre for Advanced Training is recruiting young people aged 10 –16 years. Applications may be accepted outside this age range in certain circumstances, but you will need to contact us to discuss your application.

Q. DOES IT MATTER IF I HAVEN’T HAD A LOT OF EXPERIENCE IN DANCE?

A. We are looking for young people who like to move! It might be that you have never done a dance class before or have very little experience. Physical coordination, awareness, strength and flexibility are things we look at. But we also take young people who have been dancing all their lives – ultimately, we are looking for potential, dedication and enthusiasm.

Q. HOW OFTEN WILL I ATTEND CLASSES?

A. You will need to attend classes all day on Sundays (Saturdays for the Introductory Level) and one or two evenings during the week (dependent on age and level). In addition there will be short courses in the Easter and summer holidays. As you reach the age when you start to audition for full-time training your hours may increase.

Q. WILL IT AFFECT MY SCHOOL WORK?

A. The Centre for Advanced Training is designed to fit around school work, and in the first year you will only need to attend classes two to three times a week, dependent on age.

Q. WHAT ABOUT OTHER DANCE CLASSES I ALREADY ATTEND?

A. It is important that students continue with a range of other activities. You will however need to be able to commit to attend all classes on the CAT scheme.

Q. WHAT WILL I HAVE TO DO AT THE AUDITION?

A. The first stage audition consists of practical dance sessions including creative work and technique. You will be placed in a class with people of a similar age and level of experience. You may be invited to a stage two audition.

Q. WHAT IS COVERED BY THE COST OF THE COURSE?

A. The cost of the course (which may be covered by a means-tested grant) covers all classes, uniform, trips, medical 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.

Q. DOES THE COURSE ONLY LAST FOR A YEAR?

A. Students can stay on CAT until they leave full-time education or until they are 18 years old.

Q. WHO TEACHES FOR YOU?

A. The teaching team is made up of teachers, artists and choreographers of the highest calibre, as the quality of teaching is paramount to the success of the scheme. In addition to regular workshops, guest artists will deliver extra sessions, making the training delivered relevant to today’s dance profession. Full details of the teaching team can be found here.

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