Centre for Advanced Training

Our Centre for Advanced Training provides access to world-class dance training opportunities for young people aged between 11 – 17 years. The training programme(s) 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 three separate programmes (Swindon Street Dance, Swindon Contemporary and Exeter Contemporary), making up one of nine 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



Exeter Contemporary Programme 

Training takes place on Sundays Dancers meet fortnightly on Sundays from 11:00-5:00 pm during school terms. The programme focuses on a variety of contemporary techniques, ballet, and jazz dance techniques, improvisation, choreography and performance skills. The Exeter CAT meet in several locations across Devon including DanSci DanceStudio, Plymouth University and The Hall at Exeter. The location(s) for September 2022 will be confirmed soon, students from Devon, Cornwall and Somerset travel to attend this programme.

Swindon Contemporary Programme 

The CAT Swindon Contemporary Programme is based at Swindon Dance and runs weekly Saturday afternoons between 12:00 to 5:30pm. Students study; ballet, contemporary and jazz dance techniques, improvisation, choreography and performance skills. Young dancers usually travel from within Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, and Dorset. 

Swindon Street Dance Programme 

Formerly known as the Swindon Urban Programme training covers technical, creative & performance skills through 2 specialized profiles: Popping & Hip Hop (Profile 1) and Breaking & House (Profile 2). This programme meets every Sunday at Swindon Dance from 11:15-5:00 pm. Young dancers from all over South West region travel to attend this programme. 




Entry onto the CAT programme is via audition only. Auditions are held annually, from March – June for entry onto the programme in September. The CAT audition is FREE to attend but an application form must be completed and submitted in order to reserve a place at the audition. 

We encourage parents and young dancers interested in any of the three programmes to attend a open day. To register for a taster day or to apply please follow the link below.




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. 




Please read our FAQs regarding Swindon Dance Centre for Advanced Training. If we haven’t addressed you query please don’t hesitate to contact us cat@swindondance.org.uk. 




Swindon Dance CAT works together with dance teachers from across the South West to help identify young talented dancers and ensure they have access to high-quality dance training. Each year we offer free workshops for schools, colleges and youth groups. Read more to register your school’s interest.