Where we are based:

We are based at FABRIC within the Birmingham Hippodrome Campus.

FABRIC hosts 3 strands for the National Centres for Advanced Training (CAT) in dance:

  • Contemporary styles – for young people based in the East Midlands
  • Contemporary styles – for young people based in the West Midlands
  • South Asian styles (Yuva Gati) – for young people from throughout the UK

Age Range

For young people aged between 11-18 years.

FABRIC Centre for Advanced Training, West Midlands is a fully inclusive programme and support is available for young people with disabilities or those who may have additional access needs.

Core Curriculum:

Yuva Gati (‘Youth Movement’) is a dance training programme for dance styles from South Asian heritage.

Training includes, but is not limited to styles such as Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Bhangra, Bollywood, Kandyan, Nepalese plus more. Applications to join Yuva Gati are open to all young people aged 11 to 16 across the UK. All levels of experience within South Asian dance practices are invited to apply.

Yuva Gati balances technique training with repertoire and students work with national and international artists to develop their practice.

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.

Weekly training takes place during school term time in the participant’s town or city by a home tutor.

Residential intensives are delivered at FABRIC Birmingham Studios. 15 days minimum contact training days are split up over the academic year during half-term/end-of-term breaks (October, February, April, June, and summer holidays)

Taster Sessions.

Centre for Advanced Training Open Day, Birmingham :

Saturday 16 March 3.45 pm -6.00 pm

FABRIC, Birmingham Hippodrome, Thorp Street, Birmingham B5 4TB

Calling all young dance enthusiasts aged 11 to 16, and up to 20 for D/deaf or disabled individuals. You’re invited to our Centre for Advanced Training Open Day in Birmingham.

Join us at our Birmingham studios for an opportunity to learn more about our West Midlands contemporary and Yuva Gati strand.

Our open day gives you a taste of our current Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) programme. You’ll get to see some of our current students in action during their classes. Aftwards those of you attending the open day can immerse yourself in a hands-on practical workshop, finishing with an interactive Q&A session.Don’t miss out! This is your chance to get an insight and explore, create, and connect with our West Midlands CAT team alongside others who love to dance.

The Open Day is free to attend but you must register. Click here to register.


Yuva Gati Experience Workshop

Saturday 27 April, 11 am-1 pm

Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Ln, Ipswich IP4 1DW

Whatever your previous experience of dance, you can take part in this exciting workshop introducing you to the National Yuva Gati Centre for Advanced Training. Work with a team of professional tutors and artists, and meet like-minded people who love to dance.

This workshop is FREE, with the additional option to access 50% off a ticket to Akram Khan’s Chotto Desh performance at 2.30pm on the same day. In order to receive your 50% off code, you will need to book your place on the Yuva Gati Experience Worksop first. Find out more about the performance here. Please note: tickets to the performance will need to be booked independently. Young people will be unsupervised and will need to be accompanied by an adult and have permission to attend independently.

Click here to register.



Click here to find out more about entry onto the programme


Anupama Gamanagari

Yuva Gati Coordinator

Birmingham Hippodrome,
Thorp Street,
Birmingham B5 4TB

0121 667 6730

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