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 main programmes of contemporary dance training for talented young dancers. The CAT also works regularly with local schools in the North East region to find talented young dancers who show potential and who have a good chance of successfully auditioning and gaining a place on one of the contemporary dance training programmes mentioned below. The auditions are open to everyone, so you do not need to have been talent spotted 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 dancers 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 programme provides contemporary dance training to young people who have displayed potential at audition and are aged between 9 - 12 years old. FTP classes take place in Darlington, Middlesbrough and Newcastle.