Salford, Manchester – The Lowry Theatre – covering the entirety of the North West region including Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and Cumbria.

The Lowry CAT is the North West Centre for pre-vocational training and delivers classes at key venues across the North West; the majority of training taking place at the renowned The Lowry Theatre in Salford Quays, with satellite classes taking place in Penrith, Cumbria.


For young people aged between 11–18 years. Although students should be no more than 16 years of age when they join/ audition, once registered they can continue training until they are 18 years of age.


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

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

The training curriculum consists of (but is not limited to):

  • Dance Technical Training – A minimum of 9 hours of training per week in contemporary technique, ballet technique and creative / improvisation tools/ exploration.
  • Supplementary Training – pilates, yoga, progressing ballet technique, body conditioning, injury prevention and nutrition.
  • Contextual Studies – watching professional work, reviewing/ discussion/ debate of artistic work, wider dance/ arts context, streams of consciousness writing etc
  • Intensive Courses, Creative Opportunities & Performances – 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, Akram Khan Company 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 further education.


Applications and Auditions for The Lowry CAT has now closed for the 2024-2025 Academic Year.

However, please do contact us through email or  Express Your Interest in The Lowry CAT Scheme via Register your interest  to be contacted with updates on our weekly Open Dance Classes and Open Days/ Auditions for next year.

To find out more about The Lowry and The Lowry CAT Scheme, visit LinktreeThe Lowry website or the NorthWestDance website.If you have workshops, performances or job opportunities you would like shared across our networks in the Northwest please get in touch with the team.


Sally Wyatt

Centre for Advanced Training Manager

Pier 8,
Salford Quays,
Greater Manchester
M50 3AZ


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