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 here.

What's it like to go to a CAT?

Sharol Mackenzie joined the Centre for Advanced Training programme at Swindon Dance- Exeter Contemporary programme in 2008 when she was 13. During her time on CAT she has worked with artists such as; Merville Jones, Nuno De Campos, Tavaziva ,Helen Gamberg, Russell Maliphant, Maryam Pourian, Glen Wilkinson, Lisa Phillips, Robert Bell and Banxy. How did you discover the CAT scheme? Through my secondary school. The scheme came to give a workshop and recommended that some of the students should audition. I was one of them and auditioned successfully. What had…