Where we are based:

Salford, Manchester – The Lowry CAT delivers classes at key venues across the North West; the majority of training taking place at The Lowry Theatre in Salford Quays, with satellite classes taking place in Penrith, Cumbria.

The Lowry CAT is a part-time, pre-vocational course that gives young people from across the North West who have a passion for the art form, access to high quality dance training outside of their academic studies.

The scheme supports each individual student to gain an important foundation in dance and allowing them to reach their potential towards a sustainable and successful career in the profession.

Core Curriculum:

  • Dance training – A minimum of 9 hours of training per week in contemporary and ballet technique, pilates and creative exploration
  • Supplementary sessions such as body conditioning, nutrition and dance in context
  • Intensive courses – Opportunities to work with some of the best national and international companies that visit The Lowry every year. Previous companies have included Company Wayne McGregor and Phoenix Dance Theatre.
  • Individual training plans (ITP) – Each student will receive an ITP, which sets out the programme of training, study and related activities
  • One-to-one mentoring in preparation for auditions for conservatoires and high education.

Open Days and Auditions:

As you might imagine, recruitment looks a little different for us this year, with all workshop sessions and auditions taking place digitally!

The Lowry CAT Weekly Digital Workshops:
Students interested in finding out more about The Lowry CAT and perhaps be considered for a place on the programme from September 2020, are encouraged to come along to our FREE weekly digital workshop series. Led by a member of our core CAT tutor team, these sessions will allow you to experience what class might be like as a student of The Lowry CAT, as well as keep you dancing over the summer of 2020. These fun and challenging technical and creative workshops are taking place on Fridays, 5.45 – 7.00pm as follows:

Class Dates/ Times:

Friday 19th June – 5.45pm – 7pm

Friday 26th June – 5.45pm – 7pm

Friday 3rd July – 5.45pm – 7pm

Friday 10th July – 5.45pm – 7pm

Friday 17th July – 5.45pm – 7pm

Friday 24th July – 5.45pm – 7pm

Friday 31st July – 5.45pm – 7pm

Friday 7th August – 5.45pm – 7pm

Further sessions TBC.

Please note, these sessions are NOT audition sessions, however members of the CAT management and tutor team will be present to observe and make informal notes on any young people who have selected that they wish to be considered for a place on the programme.

Digital Experience Day / Audition:
This year, we are holding a ‘Digital Experience Day’, which will act as an informal audition, in which applicants will take part in workshops observed by a panel, as well as learn about The Lowry CAT in more depth, with an opportunity for questions at the end. The experience day is FREE and will take place on Saturday 8th August, 10am – 1pm. The day will include:

– an introduction to the National CAT Schemes and The Lowry

– an outline of the programme

– a talk from the CAT Manager and tutors outlining the training ethos, technical areas of focus, creative opportunities, students individual training plans and progression routes

– a practical workshop in contemporary technique and a creative/ choreographic workshop

– plus an opportunity for parents/ guardians and students to ask questions about the course

The Audition process is devised in order to assess true potential and ability rather than technical excellence. The creative and choreographic elements of these days will give you an opportunity to demonstrate this potential and it is important to note that every effort will be made to create a relaxed and safe virtual environment in order that you can work to your maximum potential.

We are aware that there will be a reasonable level of challenge due to differing home environments, environmental distractions and WiFi connectivity issues.

For this reason, this unique recruitment process has been designed to run over a long period of engagement, to allow for a process that is as fair and equal as possible, giving young people the opportunity to demonstrate the breadth of their creativity and facility, within what we understand is a challenging setting/ unusual circumstances. If we don’t feel we have managed to observe an applicant enough, we will arrange extra sessions in order that this can be done.

Should you have any issues in accessing classes digitally or be concerned about a video/ digital audition, please do get in contact with the CAT Team via CAT@thelowry.com. The National Dance CAT Centres are set up to help identify, and assist, young people with exceptional potential, regardless of their personal circumstances, so should there be any barriers in you accessing the workshops/ experience days please get in contact and we are happy to support to try and find a solution.

To sign up to our Workshop Series or book on to our Experience Days, please complete the below Expression of Interest Google Form before the below deadlines. Upon receipt, a member of The Lowry CAT Team will be in touch to send you a formal Participant Form and further details of the workshop (ZOOM ID/ Password, safe dance practice at home guidelines, dance clothing etc).


To find out more about The Lowry and The Lowry CAT Scheme, visit The Lowry website or the NorthWestDance website.

Jade Aitchison

Centre for Advanced Training Manager (Maternity Cover)

Pier 8,
Salford Quays,
M50 3AZ

0161 876 2025 / 07432 590 239

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