Centre for Advanced Training

Our Centre for Advanced Training is a part-time pre-vocational training programme for 11-17 year olds with the talent, passion and commitment to pursue a career in dance

ATTEND AN OPEN DAY

If you are interested in finding out more about the CAT why not come along to one of our Open Days:

Exeter Contemporary Open Day – 26th April 2020, 3-5.30pm

University of Exeter, Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Road, Exeter, EX4 4LA

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Swindon Contemporary Open Day – 21st March 2020, 4:30-6:00pm

Swindon Dance, Regent Circus, Swindon SN1 1QF

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Swindon Urban Open Day – 8th March 2020, 1:00-3:30pm

Swindon Dance, Regent Circus, Swindon SN1 1QF

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What our Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) offers

Our CAT develops the technical, creative and performance skills in dance as well as the knowledge and understanding that will prepare young dancers for higher vocational training and ultimately a career in dance.

Training is in dance styles appropriate to the professional dance world today and, more importantly, the industry demands of tomorrow.

Our CAT provides students with mentoring, guidance and information on current training and career choices and related training matters like the healthier dancer programme. Each dancer has their own Individual Training Plan based on their individual goals, training needs, and aspirations.
 
There are only Nine CATs across the country with our CAT covering the south-west of the country.
 

Course fees

The CATs are supported by the Department for Education (DfE) Music and Dance Scheme (MDS) through means-tested grants.
 
For those who qualify the training is FREE or subsidised.
See Information Pack for more details
 
 

The programmes

The Exeter Contemporary Programme
Dancers meet fortnightly on Sundays from 11:30-5:00pm during school terms with intensive training during school breaks. Training covers technical, creative and performance skills in contemporary, jazz and classical dance. Past teachers have included Russell Maliphant, Liam Riddick (Richard Alston Company) and Charlotte Eatock (Henie Oguike). This programme is based at Exeter University.
 
The Swindon Contemporary Programme
Dancers meet weekly on Saturdays 12:00-5:30pm during school terms with extra intensive training during school breaks. Training covers technical, creative and performance skills in contemporary, jazz and classical ballet. Past teachers have included Richard Alston, Luke Brown and James Wilton. This programme is based at Swindon Dance.
 
The Swindon Urban Programme
Dancers meet weekly on Sundays from 11:15-5:00pm during school terms with intensive training during school breaks. Training covers technical, creative and performance skills in various urban styles including Popping, Breaking, BBoy and House. Past teachers have included Plague, Poppin Pete, Robert Hylton, Banxy and Brooke Milliner. This programme is based at Swindon Dance.
 
 
 

Our Alumni

Past students have gone on to train at some of the top vocational colleges and Dance Conservatoires:

  • Arts Educational
  • Bird College
  • Central School of Ballet
  • Institute of Arts Barcelona
  • Laine Theatre Arts
  • London Contemporary Dance School
  • London Studio Centre
  • Millennium Performing Arts
  • National Centre for Circus Arts
  • Northern Ballet
  • Northern School of Contemporary Dance
  • Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance
  • Royal Ballet (upper school)
  • Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance
  • SLP College of Performing Arts
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance
  • Urdang Academy

Two of our alumni have won their dance categories in contemporary and urban to go through to the finals of the BBC Young Dancer of the Year.  

Our alumni are working as professional performers, choreographers and directors in the arts world, such as:

  • Black Box Dance Theatre, Denmark
  • Boy Blue Entertainment
  • Company | Wayne McGregor
  • Cullberg Ballet
  • Danish Dance Theatre, Denmark
  • James Cousins Dance
  • Munich Ballet (Staatsballett) – principle dancer
  • Plague
  • Protein Dance
  • Punch Drunk
  • Rambert Dance Company
  • Russell Maliphant Company
  • Tavaziva Dance
  • modelling contracts (including Top Shop & Ellesse)
  • Tribe Dance
  • TV commercials (Lexus, Uber & Halfords) and music videos (including Beyonce, Florence + The Machine and Digital Farm Animals)
  • Wim Vadekeybus | Ultima Vez
  • Warner Brothers – Peter Pan
  • West End – The Lion King

 

Joining the CAT

Joining the CAT is by audition only

If you are interested in joining please take a look at the latest Information Pack  or alternatively why not come along to an open day.

Open Days will be held in Spring 2020, followed by Auditions in May & June.
Each programme has a number of Open Days during the year. These give visiting dancers and parents the opportunity to find out more about the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) and see how each programme runs, meet the team, see current students in action and for visiting dancers there are opportunities to take part in one or two taster class/es.

Auditions last 2.5hrs approx. and will include a technique class plus the opportunity to perform a solo in the style of your choice. For further details about the audition please download the latest Information Pack

All open days & auditions are free to attend.

 


APPLY TO AUDITION

If you have already attended an Open Day and/or are familiar with the CAT and would like to audition then we would be delighted to see you at one of our forthcoming auditions. Each audition lasts 2.5 hours approx and includes a technique class plus the opportunity to perform a solo in the style of your choice. For further details about the audition please download the latest Information Pack

Exeter Contemporary Auditions – Sunday 7th June 2020, 11:30-2:00pm & Sunday 21st 2020, 11:30-2:00pm.

University of Exeter, Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Road, Exeter, EX4 4LA

Swindon Contemporary Auditions – Saturday 30th May 2020, 12:00-2:30pm & Wednesday 24th June 2020, 4:15-7:00pm

Swindon Dance, Regent Circus, Swindon SN1 1QF

Swindon Urban Auditions – Sunday 31st May 2020, 11:30-2:00pm & Thursday 25th June 2020, 5:30-8:00pm

Swindon Dance, Regent Circus, Swindon SN1 1QF

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If you have any queries about the day(s) or the CAT programme please get in touch cat@swindondance.org.uk.