CATs help identify, and assist, young people with exceptional potential, regardless of their personal circumstances, to benefit from world-class specialist training as part of a broad and balanced education. This will enable them, if they choose to proceed towards self-sustaining careers in music and dance.


Do you have the passion, drive, artistry,
commitment, creativity and ambition to fulfil your aspirations in dance?
The Centres for Advanced Training are looking for young people with exceptional potential like you.


There are Centres for Advanced Training in Dance up and down the country. Find the CAT nearest to you here.

What's it like to go to a CAT?

Tim’s raw talent for dance was spotted in 2007 when the Northern Ballet conducted an Introduction to Ballet workshop at his primary school in Leeds. Tim had never taken any dance training prior to this workshop and had no previous experience of ballet. Following the workshop Tim was talent spotted and offered a place on the Academy of Northern Ballet’s Centre for Advanced Training in classical ballet. During his six years of training with CAT Tim attended weekly classes in classical ballet technique, contemporary and enhancement sessions. A highlight of…