Centres for Advanced Training (CATs) 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, Street Dance, 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.

What's it like to go to a CAT?

My name is Vidya Patel, I am a Kathak dancer and an alumnus of Centre of Advanced Training at Birmingham DanceXchange. After sixth form I decided to take a gap year to focus on dance and ever since I’ve continued to embark on the journey of a freelance dancer trying to make the most of every opportunity that comes my way. I am based in Birmingham but regularly travel to London to learn with my Kathak guru Sujata Banerjee. In my gap year after successfully entering the South Asian Category…