Our Centre for Advanced Training provides access to world-class dance training opportunities for young people aged between 11 – 19 years. The training programmes are suitable for dancers with talent, passion and commitment to pursue dance.
Training takes place at weekends during term time and also in the form of intensives and residencies during the school holidays. Students are supported to learn, explore and develop by some of the UK’s most inspiring dance professionals.
Swindon Dance’s Centre for Advanced Training offers four separate programmes (Exeter Contemporary, Swindon Ballet, Swindon Contemporary and Swindon Street Dance), making up one of eleven National Centres across the UK.
The National Dance CATs are supported through the Department for Education’s Music and Dance Scheme, meaning that for those that qualify training is FREE or subsidised. To find out more about the other National Centre’s visit the National CAT website. www.nationaldancecats.co.uk.
The Exeter Contemporary Programme runs fortnightly on Sundays from 11:00am to 5:00pm at DanSci Dance Studio and Exeter University. Training sessions will be supplemented with intensive courses during the academic breaks. Auditioning students attend extra graduate days and two audition preparation weekends in Swindon. Students study; ballet, contemporary and jazz dance techniques, improvisation, choreography and performance skills, healthier dancer and dance contextual studies.
This programme is based at Swindon Dance and runs on Sunday afternoons between 11:00 to 5:00pm. It follows a 6 term format each of 5 weeks, with intensive courses running during October, February and the May half-term holiday. Students will study; ballet technique, strength and conditioning/pilates, an introduction to pointework, male virtuosity (if applicable), creative and music appreciation as well as workshops in healthier dancer such as safe practice, injury prevention and nutrition, choreography and drama.
This programme is based at Swindon Dance and runs on Saturday afternoons between 11:30 to 5:30pm. It follows a 6 term format each of 5 weeks, with intensive courses during the academic breaks. Students study; ballet, contemporary and jazz dance techniques, improvisation, choreography and performance skills, healthier dancer and dance contextual studies.
Swindon Street Dance Programme
Formerly known as the Swindon Urban Programme, training takes place at Swindon Dance and runs on Sundays from 11:00am to 4:30pm. It follows a 6 term format each of 5 weeks, with intensive courses during the academic breaks. Students study; popping, breaking, house, hip hop, freestyle, choreography, performance skills and contextual studies.
Join the CAT
Applications are accepted from young people, aged 11-19 year olds. We highly recommend that you come along to an Open Day before you apply to join the CAT. These are free to attend and must be booked in advance. Open Days take place in February – March, Experience Days in April. Auditions will take place between March and July.
Fees and Grants
A place with the CAT can either be fully or partially funded by the Music and Dance Scheme, Department for Education. Grants are awarded based on mean-testing which looks at household income. Families who do not qualify for a grant will be required to pay the full fee. Please read our grant information sheet by clicking the link below for more information.
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