Where we are based:
We are based at DanceXchange within Birmingham Hippodrome – We have three strands: Dance Generation (contemporary) that covers the West Midlands and two national South Asian strands under the umbrella of Yuva Gati (Kathak & Bharatanatyam)
For young people aged between 11-18 years
Dance Generation is a high-quality training programme in Contemporary dance for 11-18 year olds in the West Midlands to regularly access whilst still attending mainstream school. Dance Generation balances technical training with creative workshops; ensuring students experience a varied dance training programme.
The curriculum for the programme is delivered through weekly training sessions on Sundays during term time at our studios here at DanceXchange. Students will get the opportunity to be taught by leading professional artists and companies in both technique sessions and creative workshops.
Yuva Gati is a unique national programme, led by a partnership between DanceXchange and Sampad offering outstanding training in either Kathak or Bharatanatyam. Sessions for both the Kathak and Bharatanatyam students are delivered through residential intensives at DanceXchange; these are split up over an academic year and amount to 14 contact days per year. Yuva Gati balances technique training with repertoire and students work with national and international artists to develop their practice.
For both strands of CAT (Dance Generation & Yuva Gati) each participant has an Individual Training Plan devised in consultation with parents/ guardian and local dance teacher to support the student’s learning, and ensure the balance is maintained between the demands of school work and dance studies.
Open Days & Auditions
We have regular open days throughout the year and details of our auditions are posted on our website as they become available.
Dance Generation is led by Artistic Associate, Kerry Nicholls.
Yuva Gati Artistic Associate Shane Shambhu works alongside Principal Artists Mira Balchandran Gokul (Bharatanatyam strand) and Anuradha Chaturvedi Seth (Kathak strand) and a team of highly-skilled lead artists.
Hear from our CAT Students
Issy – Dance Generation
“I have been able to work with a variety of different choreographers and I have had opportunities that have been incredible. CAT has encouraged me to grow as a dancer and I have made friendships that will last a lifetime.”
Grace Brook – Dance Generation
“CAT is a great way to not only express your feelings through just simply talking to someone, but through your body. It’s an amazing way to explore your dancing and improve it even further. The opportunities that are provided by CAT are always helpful towards your future. However, not only the dance training is amazing because the staff and students are all supportive and delightful to share your time with. I most enjoyed the creative process behind the pieces that we performed at the summer showcase.”