Centre for Advanced Training
The Dance City Centre for Advanced Training is part of the Department for Education’s Music and Dance Scheme offering a contemporary dance training programme for young people from the North East region who are 10 – 16 years of age. We are based at Dance City in Newcastle, although students from the south of the region can attend their week day technique classes in Darlington.
Entry to the CAT is by audition only, and we are looking for young people who demonstrate exceptional talent or potential in contemporary dance.
Although students should be no more than 16 years of age when they join, once registered they can continue training until they are 18 years of age.
The Dance City Centre for Advanced Training is part of a national network of CAT’s delivering non-residential, pre-vocational, professional dance training. More information about the National CAT’s programme can be found here: www.nationaldancecats.co.uk
What can I expect as a Dance City Centre for Advanced Training student?
Contemporary dance training at the Dance City Centre for Advanced Training includes:
- A minimum of seven hours training, split over three classes per week.
- The choice to attend your two mid-week classes in Darlington or Newcastle. Mid-week classes cover contemporary technique and classical ballet.
- All CAT students attend weekend classes at Dance City in Newcastle. Weekend classes cover contemporary technique, creative movement and body conditioning.
- Regular opportunities to perform in the Dance City Theatre.
- Two intensive, week-long dance workshops each year (during school holidays) with a guest teacher or choreographer.
- Opportunities to attend workshops with leading dance companies and guest teachers.
- Organised theatre trips to see leading dance companies.
- Regular support for the prevention and management of injuries.
- Termly progress reports from teachers.
- Individual mentor support and mid-year tutorials.
- Advice and guidance during the application process for vocational training.
How much does the Dance City Centre for Advanced Training cost?
The Dance City Centre for Advanced Training is financially supported by the government’s Department for Education (DfE) as part of their national Music and Dance Scheme. The fee structure for CAT training is set nationally by the DfE.
Means-tested grants are available to cover the cost of tuition and CAT students who have an annual household income of less than £30,529 will receive their training free of charge.
Tuition fees for CAT students with an annual household income in excess of £30,529 are charged on a rising scale related to income.
Before assessing your annual household income, £2,072 will be deducted from the final total for each child living with you as a dependant (including the child who is enrolling on the programme).
Please Note: The DfE may make slight adjustments to the fees and grants structure each year. The information on this web site is accurate at the time of publication and any adjustments for the following academic year will be minimal.
An example is given in the table below of the fees to be paid for 2018 – 2019 depending on the annual household income:
Dance City Centre for Advanced Training Auditions
This year’s auditions for entry to the CAT in September 2018 are now closed.
The audition process for entry to the CAT 2019 – 2020 will open in autumn 2018 when the audition dates for Spring/Summer 2019 will be announced.
Can I find out more about the CAT before I audition?
Attending a Taster Session will help you find out more about what it is like to be a student at the CAT and help you decide whether or not you are ready to make such a big commitment and if you want to apply for one of the open auditions.
The Taster Session will consist of a half an hour observation of current CAT students taking class, a 1½ hour contemporary class followed by a 15 minute break and then a 30 minute presentation about the CAT for both parents and students to attend.
Taster Sessions will take place during the February Half Term and Easter Holidays 2019, dates and times to be announced.
What should I wear at an audition?
When taking part in auditions for the CAT applicants should wear the following:
• Females – leotard / vest, footless tights, ballet shoes or socks.
• Males – shorts and t-shirt / vest, ballet shoes or socks.
If you do not have any dancewear, then leggings or shorts and a t-shirt or sports vest will be suitable. Loose clothing is not appropriate as the audition panel need to be able to observe body alignment.
For all queries related to the Centre for Advanced Training please contact Marian Milbourne (CAT Coordinator):
Telephone: 0191 269 5578
Centre for Advanced Training Recruitment Activity in Schools
The Dance City Centre for Advanced Training is part of the Governments Gifted and Talented Scheme and is funded by the Department for Education (DfE). We offer FREE contemporary dance workshops to schools across the North East region.
These contemporary dance workshops are led by a trained dance professional and are specifically geared to selecting students who may have the potential to successfully audition and join the Centre for Advanced Training. All of our talent scouts hold an enhanced CRB / DBS certificate.
Dance City Centre for Advanced Training contemporary dance workshops are:
- Offered from September – April each year.
- Available to young people in Years 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10 only.
- Available to all schools in the North East region free of charge.
The Dance City Centre for Advanced Training is looking for young people who display the potential, enthusiasm and commitment required to undertake a high level of contemporary dance training. Students do not need to have had any previous dance experience to take part in a dance workshop in their school.
How can schools book a Centre for Advanced Training contemporary dance workshop?
If you are a local school and you would like to book a free Centre for Advanced Training contemporary dance workshop please contact:
0191 269 5578
Tyne & Wear and Northumberland
County Durham and Teesside
What happens at a Centre for Advanced Training contemporary dance workshop?
A talent scout from the Dance City Centre for Advanced Training will come into your school, to observe or teach a one-off contemporary dance workshop to a group of students (no more than twenty students per workshop).
Following the session, the talent scout will talk to the teacher about any participants who have displayed potential in contemporary dance. The teacher will be given a flyer to pass on to the student about contacting Dance City.
Further information about the Dance City Centre for Advanced Training
The Dance City Centre for Advanced Training is one of nine Dance Centres for Advanced Dance Training across England. The Dance City Centre for Advanced Training offers professional level, pre-vocational, contemporary dance training to talented young dancers aged 11 to 18 years old in the North East region.
The Dance City Centre for Advanced Training 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 Centre for Advanced Training can be found here: www.nationaldancecats.co.uk