Centres for Advanced Training (CAT) in dance 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 dance.

We train dancers in Contemporary, Ballet, Urban, South Asian and Circus with schemes hosted across the country.


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?

Matthew Rawcliffe attended The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training from the age of 15, and is now in his second year at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. He was recently announced as the winner of the Contemporary Final of BBC Young Dancer 2019, and will go on to represent the category at the Grand Final. How did you discover the CAT scheme? I was part of an acting company based at The Lowry and around the time of the New Adventures’ Lord of The Flies production, the building…