Centre for Advanced Training (CAT)
The Dance City Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) is one of nine Dance CATs across England. The Dance City CAT offers professional level, pre-vocational, contemporary dance training to talented young dancers aged 9 to 18 years old in the North East region. The Dance City CAT is supported by the government’s Department for Education (DfE) as part of a national Music and Dance Scheme. More information about the government's Music and Dance Scheme and the National Dance CATs can be found here: www.nationaldancecats.co.uk
The Dance City CAT delivers two programmes of contemporary dance training for talented young dancers. The CAT also talent scout regularly in local schools across the North East region to find talented young people who show potential in dance and have a good chance of successfully auditioning and gaining a place on one of the contemporary dance programmes mentioned below. The auditions are open to everyone, so you do not need to have been talent scouted at school to apply for an audition.
The Advanced Training Programme (ATP) is supported by the Department for Education (DfE) to provide a high level contemporary dance training for extremely talented young people between 10 - 18 years of age. ATP classes take place at Dance City in Newcastle and Hummersknott Academy in Darlington.
The Foundation Training Programme (FTP) is the junior training programme of the CAT. The FTP is a one-year course which helps young people to prepare for an audition for the Advanced Training Programme the following summer. The FTP is for young people aged 9 - 12 years old and classes take place in Darlington, Middlesbrough and Newcastle.